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Perfect Path Text in Quark and InDesign

March 11, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

One of my favorite tricks for getting type on a path to be perfectly centered at the top of a circle, aligned to its arc, still works in QuarkXPress 6.1 (It's been around since v4.11):

1. Create a circular text box (hold down the Shift key to create a perfect circle, but this works with ovals too).
2. Enter the soon-to-be text on a path _inside_ the text box, as usual.
3. Change the horizontal paragraph alignment for the text to Centered.
4. Go to Item —> Shape and choose the last option in the fly-out menu, Path.

Voila! The circular text box is converted to a circular text path, and the text jumps to the top of it, hugging the curve and centered.more >

Make a Quality PDF Without Owning Acrobat

February 19, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

I was at a colleague's design studio the other day, and she was a little stressed out. She needed to send a PDF of a Quark 4 document to a client asap, but she didn't own Acrobat.

Normally that wouldn't be a problem for my friend — her lead designer, who works out of his home, has Acrobat and does all the PDFing for the studio — but he wasn't around. And the client needed the PDF *now*.

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Quark 6.1 -- yes, 6.1 -- Easter Eggs

February 19, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

In the previous issue of DesignGeek, one of my stories was about how a Quark staffer leaked to the Quark listserv that their long-awaited 6.1 update was going to be released "pronto-like." Right before I sent out the issue, I checked Quark's site one last time so I could provide a big scoop, but there was no announcement.

Two hours after I sent it out, a bunch of DesignGeek subscribers e-mailed me to say that the free 6.1 update was just put up on Quark's site. Ah well! … there went my Jimmy Olson dreams, heh. But, I take comfort in the hope that the story prompted subscribers to check Quark's site and discover it on their own…
<http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/61update.html>more >

Quark 6.1? Not Yet, But Other News

February 11, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

A trusted Quark source (inspired by all those West Wing reruns on Bravo I assume) "leaked" to everyone on the QuarkXPress listserv yesterday that 6.1 "will be released very, very soon…I'm talking pronto here."
I've mentioned this list two or three times in past issues of DesignGeek. If you use Quark, you owe it to yourself and your sanity to subscribe:
<http://www.xpressobar.com/tips/quarkxpr.web.shtml>
…note that the list is not affiliated with Quark, the company. It's an independent, sometimes eccentric community populated by jaded Quark users, printers, XTension developers, authors, trainers and hapless newbies.more >

"Brilliant" InDesign Trick for Style Sheets

January 29, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

[Though it's an InDesign tip, this is from a post I sent to the QuarkXPress listserv. The original thread was about some of the members' experiences in moving to InDesign from Quark, and the message I replied to is partially quoted below. David Blatner's message follows my reply.]

Subscriber Post:

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Found: Elusive En Dash Keystroke in Windows QuarkXPress

January 29, 2004 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

In my last issue of DesignGeek (lucky #13, 1/14/04), I listed the Windows keystrokes for the most frequently-used special characters (bullets, em dashes, etc.) in QuarkXPress and InDesign.

While researching that article I couldn't find a keystroke for making an en dash in QuarXPress for Windows, and so wrote "none that I know of" next to the entry.

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Special Character Shortcuts in Windows

January 14, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

A significant number of Windows-based designers have difficulty getting special characters (bullets, em dashes, etc.) into their layout files. I see this a lot when I'm doing on-site training. They use the old ASCII code method of pressing ALT while entering a 4-digit code on their keypad, and often have cheat sheets of these taped to their monitors. Or they've got one "good" digital file containing the characters which they keep handy on their desktop, and copy/paste the characters from there when they need them.

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Table Cell Navigation in Quark/InDesign

December 17, 2003 - 1:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Quark 5 and 6, and all versions of InDesign, let you create tables in your document. Entering and formatting text inside each table cell is essentially the same for both programs. But moving that text insertion bar from one cell to the next using the Tab key is handled differently. If you bounce back and forth between Quark and InDy, as I do, it can be hard to keep straight.

Here's a brief rundown:

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Quark 6.1 Announced

December 3, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Quark announced the upcoming release of their first OS X update, QuarkXPress version 6.1, at the UK Mac Expo a couple weeks ago, but hasn't updated the most popular pages of their web site with the information yet.

Because you get DesignGeek, you can see for yourself what they said, by going right to the press release:
<http://www.quark.com/about/presscenter/prview.jsp?idx=351>
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Quark 6.0 Fixes

November 3, 2003 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Here's an actual headline from a current Quark web page:

"QuarkXPress 6 technical difficulties reported for Mac users"

What a scoop! LOL

Okay, at least they're being upfront about it. The technical difficulty they're referring to has to do with what happens to your Quark Activation when you upgrade from Jaguar (OS 10.2) to Panther (OS 10.3). What happens is your activation goes bye-bye, and in some cases, a message appears saying you have to reinstall the entire application because it's corrupted.

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