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QuarkXPress has always been the perfect tool for creating and publishing documents. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson—the publisher of Design Tools Monthly and a QuarkXPress expert—covers all the tools and features in this updated version of the program, from basic page layout to Flash integration and web page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what's needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Exporting text from QuarkXPress works essentially the same as importing text, including all the same features and limitations. So, for example, if you want to take this story right here, I'll just select all and export it, you could do it in several different ways. One way would be to copy-and-paste it into another word processing program. If you do that, you'll basically lose all the formatting, but you'll have the text. But the way to export text and maintain as much of its formatting as you can is to first select the textbox or if you want a selection of text, select the selection of text.
Then go to the File menu and choose Save Text. There you'll be able to choose a location where you can save your text and what format you want to put it in. Plain Text is one option, but you can also use Rich Text Format, WordPerfect and Microsoft Word, and those are going to maintain a lot of the formatting that you used in your QuarkXPress document. At the very least, it will maintain the style sheet information so you have the right fonts and sizes. When you're done, you can then open that file in Microsoft Word or WordPerfect or any program that can read Rich Text Format or RTF.
Now, there is another option here called XPress Tags that is a lot more powerful than any of those, but its main use is for publishing workflows and for power users of text-heavy documents like catalogs. XPress Tags is a plain text format that lets QuarkXPress add tags or little markers to either side of any character or word to describe what kinds of formatting has been applied to it. It looks a lot like either old fashion type setting code or HTML. Therefore any plain text processing program can make changes to it and then you could re-import it back into QuarkXPress with those changes and maintain all the formatting that you'd applied in QuarkXPress.
But usually, you'll be exporting in either Rich Text Format or one of these word processing formats. The only other important option in this dialog is whether to save the selected text or the entire story. Selected text will export just the text that I had selected previously in the textbox and entire story takes all the text regardless of what I have selected before I invoked these Save Text dialog. Now to give you an idea of what this looks like when you export it, I already exported this story right there in Word format, so I'll switch to Word and open that exported document.
We'll just see what it looks like. Not bad! It brought in the style sheets with their formats and made the text look pretty much the way it did in QuarkXPress. Now honestly, there aren't many reasons to be exporting text from QuarkXPress except maybe to have someone else work on, on a deadline or to archive the text for future uses. By exporting the text, you lose all of the fine typographical control that QuarkXPress has applied to it, but you can maintain the simple formatting like font and size and even style sheet from Microsoft Word or RTF.
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