QuarkXPress is a page layout application for Mac OS X and Windows, produced by Quark, Inc.. Quark can be considered one of the founders of Desktop Publishing (beside Aldus, Adobe Systems and Apple Computer). The first version of QuarkXPress was released in 1987. QuarkXPress early on incorporated an innovative application programming interface called XTensions which allows third-party developers to create custom add-on features to the desktop application. Introduced in 1989, Xtensions, along with Apple Computer's Hypercard, were the first examples of a developer allowing others to create software addons for their application. Beside QuarkXPress, Quark Inc.'s other notable product is "QuarkXPress Passport", which is QuarkXPress with the added ability to use multiple language UI, hyphenation and spell-checking. Although similar to desktop publishing applications for the home and small office market such as Adobe PageMaker and Microsoft Publisher, QuarkXPress is seen as one of only two page layout applications for the professional market, the other being Adobe InDesign. QuarkXPress is a drag-and-drop WYSIWYG page layout program. It handles text and graphics as different objects (text boxes and image boxes). Both types of boxes can be reshaped and layered in quite complex ways, and in varying levels of transparency and runaround. QuarkXPress has two distinct operating modes: content (e.g. most actions are within a text box and affect text layout) and object (e.g. box positioning and box characteristics). The two modes allow access to different menu options and alter the actions of keyboard shortcuts. The software allows both box positioning and graphic or text positioning within a box with an accuracy of one-thousandth of an inch. Color control allows the full-use of printing-press standard Pantone or Hexachrome inks, along with a variety of other color-space options. Draft output can be printed on conventional desktop printers. For printing-press purposes CMYK separated films can be produced with relative ease. Additionally QuarkXPress offers layout synchronization, multiple undo/redo functionality, XML and web page HTML features, and support for direct PDF import and output. Version 6.5, released at the end of 2004, added enhanced support for the Photoshop format (PSD). The PSD integration and picture manipulation features led to QuarkXPress receiving a number of awards, such as the Macworld Editor's Choice for 2004.

The file extension of a Document file is . it can have paper sizes as large as the newsprint that we read.qxd. New Document (dialog box) File > New > Document The New Document dialog box lets you define a document’s first page and original master page. Bottom. • Enter values in the Top. the option in the Size drop-down list changes to Custom. The appropriate dimensions are automatically displayed in the Width and Height fields. click the portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) button. and lets you specify an orientation for the document. The values in the Width and Height fields change to reflect the new orientation. and books. You can also specify whether a document contains facing pages or nonfacing pages. These pages can be laid out as per the paper size that one needs to print on.) These specifications become program defaults and are displayed the next time you open the New Document dialog box. Left. the Outside margin is on the opposite edge). When you enter values in the fields.FILE menu CREATING documents. enter values in the Width and Height fields. Margin Guides (area) The Margin Guides area lets you specify the position of margin guides on the default master page and its document pages. In QuarkXpress there is a document format that consist of a set of pages. Check Facing Pages to create a document with different left and right page formats (like this manual). This is the basis for creating or the entry point to start any new Quark document. If you check Facing Pages. which lets you specify the setup of a new document. • . will be divided into left and right components to represent the facing-page spread. the Left and Right margin fields change to Inside and Outside (the Inside margin is nearest the binding. (All new documents contain a master page by default. choose an option from the Size drop-down list. the new document’s original master page. The Page area lets you specify a standard or custom page size. The minimum page size is 1" x 1". Libraries & Books: The New command displays a submenu that lets you create new documents. Click the New submenu command: The Document command (CTRL+N) displays the New Document dialog box. To specify a custom page size. and Right fields to specify the margins for the default master page. When Facing Pages is checked. and any additional master pages you create. libraries. To change the Orientation of the document. • • • To specify a standard page size. QuarkXpress being professional DTP software. the maximum is 48" x 48".

Automatic Text Box (check box) Check Automatic Text Box to place an initial automatic text box on the first page of a new document. To expedite the finding of particular files. Save retains changes you have made and replaces the document with a new version. The Auto Backup controls are in the Save tab of the Application Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences > Application). The first page of the document. The Save command (CTRL+S) lets you retain changes made to the active document. libraries. a new revision of the active document is stored in the Destination folder. or book. the values you enter in the Margin Guides fields determine the size and location of the automatic text box.Note: If you check Automatic Text Box. As soon as you click on a file. which lets you specify a name and location for the document. also includes the automatic text box. templates. Open (dialog box) File > Open The Open dialog box displays a list of QuarkXPress files (documents. Column Guides (area) The Column Guides area lets you specify the position of column guides on the default master page. template. The values in the Margin Guides and Column Guides fields determine the size. The Open command (CTRL+O) displays the Open dialog box. Note: If you check Automatic Text Box. • Enter a value between 1 and 30 in the Columns field to specify the number of columns. the values you enter in the Column Guides fields are used to divide the automatic text box. Use the Look in drop-down list or type a folder name in the File name field and press ENTER to change folders. and columns in the automatic text box. For documents that have been previously saved. If you have not yet saved the active document. the version of QuarkXPress the file was created in displays in the bottom left corner. library. this text box is automatically placed on the master page. . each time you choose Save. Note: An automatic text box is a text box defined on a master page through which text flows automatically to other pages when pages are inserted into a document. choosing Save displays the Save as dialog box. placement. • Enter a value from 3 to 288 points (4") in the Gutter Width field to specify the amount of white space between columns. and books). use the Files of type drop-down list to limit the types of files displayed. or if you are working on a template. which lets you open an existing QuarkXPress document. When you check Automatic Text Box. Note: If you are using Auto Backup. because it is based on the original master page.

the vertical alignment.001 Text Skew (field)Item > Modify > Text tab The Text Skew field tilts all the characters in an active text box to create a slanted visual effect.001 Text Inset (field) Item > Modify > Text tab The Text Inset field lets you specify the width of the blank space that extends from the inside edge of an active text box to the outside edge of the text. The box itself is not affected. The Modify dialog box Text tab is available whenever one or more text boxes are selected. The default is 1 point. Measurement system: degrees. You can specify up to 30 columns in a text box. Inset is applied to all four inner edges of a text box and does not affect gutter width. Select the required text box tool and then click and drag in the document to see a box forming. You can also import text in different ways. You can even append text to the current text box. Text is always written using text boxes. freehand. the text inset.Creating Text box objects from the text box tools We have a concave-corner. Range: 3 to 288 pt. Text Angle (field) Item > Modify > Text tab The Text Angle field rotates all the text and the columns within an active text box according to the angle you specify. For text boxes they provide a cursor to select the text and change it if required. Measurement system: degrees. Range: ± 75°. cm. Measurement system: integers.).001 . Range: 1 to 30 . beveled corner. You can also have library files opened and previously stored text objects can be dragged and dropped into your active document. To format the text we can right click on the text box and select the Modify option. Smallest increment: . Oval and a bézier text box tools. rectangular. Make it of the size that you require. Firstly you can copy selected text from another document (text files to word documents) and paste them into the text box that you have created. and other text box settings. The maximum allowable text inset varies with the size of the text box. Smallest increment: . To edit Text one needs to select the content tool that has a dual function. rounded corner. pt. etc. The controls in the Text tab let you specify the number of columns. The second function is to move a picture in a picture box. Columns (field) Item > Modify > Text tab The Columns field lets you specify the number of columns contained in a text box. In this manner you can import text and text objects into your documents. Smallest increment: 1 Gutter Width (field) Item > Modify > Text tab The Gutter Width field lets you specify the width of blank space between columns in a text box. Smallest increment: . The box borders are not rotated. Measurement system: various (". Range: ± 360°.

• Top places the first line of text on the First Baseline. • Bottom aligns the bottom of the descenders of the last line of text with the bottom text inset. distributing the lines above according to the leading value. The Type drop-down list lets you select how the text is vertically aligned. and evenly distributing all lines in between. distributing lines according to the leading value. Check Run Text Around All Sides to cause lines of text that have been interrupted by an overlapping item or items to continue from the left side of items over to the right side without starting a new line. Run Text Around All Sides (check box) Item > Modify > Text tab Run Text Around All Sides lets you surround objects with text on all sides using only one column (when readability is not crucial). Flip Vertical (check boxes) Item > Modify > Text tab The Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical check boxes let you create a mirror image of all the text in an active text box. The default is zero. The Minimum drop-down list gives you three options to specify the minimum distance between the first line of text and the top of each column. the first baseline will never be placed closer to the Text Inset than the Minimum. Regardless of the value. The direction in which text is typed is also flipped. Character style sheets let you apply a set of pre-specified character attributes in one step. • Centered centers the text top-to-bottom between the First Baseline’s ascent and the bottom of the text box.Flip Horizontal. You can edit the Normal character style sheet with the Style Sheets dialog box (Edit > Style Sheets). all current character attributes are stripped from the text. The Offset field lets you control the space between the first baseline and the top edge of a text box using an absolute value that you specify. Vertical Alignment (area) Item > Modify > Text tab The Vertical Alignment area controls positioning of all the text relative to the First Baseline and the bottom Text Inset. and distributes all the text underneath by the leading value. The Character Style Sheet submenu lets you choose from a list of character style sheets defined for the document. . These check boxes work just like the Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical commands in the Style menu. the last line near the bottom text inset. • Justified places the first line of text on the First Baseline. This is the default. First Baseline (area) Item > Modify > Text tab The Minimum and Offset controls in the First Baseline area let you position the first baseline of text in an active text box. overriding the leading value. When you apply a new character style sheet after applying No Style. • Normal: The default character style sheet that is included in all new paragraph style sheets. The list includes: • No Style: A feature that removes the character style sheet from highlighted text while retaining character attributes.

TIFF. the page number indicator in the lower left corner of the document window changes to indicate the percentage of the file that has been imported. Select the required picture box tool and then click and drag in the document to see a box forming. When a text box is active. Scale Down (fields) Item > Modify > Picture tab The Scale Across and Scale Down fields let you specify proportionate or disproportionate sizing for a picture within a picture box. We have a concave-corner. PhotoCD. Mac PICT. Scitex CT. beveled corner. Then select the Picture – tab page. enter equivalent values. Scale Down scales a picture vertically. To import JPEG or PhotoCD files. Offset Down (fields) Item > Modify > Picture tab The Offset Across and Offset Down fields in the Picture tab let you specify the position of a picture relative to its box. use the XTensions Manager dialog box (Utilities menu) to enable the JPEG Import filter or the PhotoCD XTensions software (the filters are included with QuarkXPress). you need to click the file menu and then the Get Picture option. Oval and a bézier picture box tools. Get Picture (dialog box) File > Get Picture The Get Picture dialog box lets you import a BMP. rounded corner. which lets you import picture files from a variety of sources. EPS. regardless of the size of either the picture or the box. but to insert a picture. If you import a picture into a box that contains a picture. If you want to maintain existing proportions. freehand. or WMF file into the active picture box. • Picture Angle specifies the rotation of a picture around its center. rectangular. Get Text replaces Get Picture in the File menu. PCX. So to modify the picture and its size. Note: The Get Picture command places the entire picture in the active picture box. • Offset Down specifies the distance between the top edge of the rectangular bounding box and the top edge of the picture. The default for both is zero. You can enter negative or positive values for either field. • Picture Skew tilts a picture’s sides to create a slanted visual effect. Picture Skew (fields) Item > Modify > Picture tab The Picture Angle and Picture Skew fields let you rotate and skew a picture independent of the active picture box that contains it. . The Get Picture command is available when the Content tool or Item tool is selected and a picture box is active. there are a set of picture box tools that can be used. (CTRL+E) displays the Get Picture dialog box. Scale Across scales pictures horizontally.• Custom style sheets: All the character style sheets defined in the Style Sheets dialog box (Edit > Style Sheets). You will see only the outline of the box. JPEG. Make it of the size that you require. GRAPHICS For graphics. • Offset Across specifies the distance between the left edge of the rectangular bounding box and the left edge of the picture. Picture Angle. When a TIFF file is being imported. GIF. right click on the picture object and select ‘Modify’. Scale Across. the existing picture is replaced. Offset Across.

see “Modifiable picture file formats. You can also select the object from the library and then click the edit and copy the object.Flip Horizontal. For a list of picture file formats compatible with this feature. New Library (dialog box) File > New > Library The New Library dialog box lets you specify a location for the library file and name the library. To retrieve an object from the library.qxl) in the Save as type dropdown list. To append objects to the library file select the ITEM TOOL. You can also choose a percentage from the field’s drop-down list. QuarkXPress automatically selects the appropriate extension for Libraries (*. Enter a name in the File name field. Library files: A library is a file that displays as a palette and lets you store and retrieve QuarkXPress items. or blend) will print normally. background color. it appears as a pallet on the screen. default colors. The list includes custom colors. These check boxes work just like the Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical commands in the Style menu. Then paste it in the main document. . You can choose from the list of colors defined in the Colors dialog box (Edit > Colors). Flip Vertical (check boxes) Item > Modify > Picture tab The Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical check boxes let you create a mirror image of the picture in an active picture box. you need to open the library file thru the file menu then we simply need to drag-n-drop the object you want from the library pallet to the document area. You will see the object condensed into the library screen. and spot colors imported with EPS picture files. One must not forget to save this file as well. you can store these objects into a library file after you spend a good amount of time perfecting their look and feel. Picture (area) The Picture area lets you specify a color and shade for most grayscale or blackand-white pictures using the Color drop-down list and Shade field. • The Shade field in the Picture tab lets you enter the maximum screen tint percentage for the selected Color of the grayscale or black-and-white picture.” • The Color drop-down list lets you choose a color to be used in place of black in the grayscale or black-and-white picture within an active picture box. Libraries are useful as you can develop different types of text and picture objects and you may want to regularly use these objects for different other documents in the future. Then simply drag-n-drop the object you want to the library pallet. text objects like titles and sub titles for a magazine or news paper. which lets you create a new library. When you open or create a new library file. Picture objects like company logos. Any visible attributes of the box itself (frame. The Library command (CTRL+ALT+N) displays the New Library dialog box. and then use them later whenever or wherever you want. Click Create to display the new library. Suppress Picture Printout (check box) Item > Modify > Picture tab Checking Suppress Picture Printout in the Picture tab prevents the picture in an active picture box from printing with the rest of the page.

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