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Scripting in QuarkXPress 8

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Scripting in QuarkXPress 8

QuarkXPress began as a Macintosh-only application. This is one reason that it supports scripting through AppleScripts. Unfortunately, scripting is not available on Windows. If you can write an AppleScript, you can control just about anything in QuarkXPress. Quark includes a few helpful scripts, which you'll find in the Scripts menu here. Over the years, the functionality of some of the scripts have been incorporated into the main feature set of QuarkXPress, but others are quite handy. For example, Add Crop Marks puts crop marks around an item or a group. Make Caption Box builds a little text box under any picture box.

Scripting in QuarkXPress 8

QuarkXPress began as a Macintosh-only application. This is one reason that it supports scripting through AppleScripts. Unfortunately, scripting is not available on Windows. If you can write an AppleScript, you can control just about anything in QuarkXPress. Quark includes a few helpful scripts, which you'll find in the Scripts menu here. Over the years, the functionality of some of the scripts have been incorporated into the main feature set of QuarkXPress, but others are quite handy. For example, Add Crop Marks puts crop marks around an item or a group. Make Caption Box builds a little text box under any picture box.

Grid does something really interesting. Let's select this box and choose Grid > By Dividing a Box. How many columns would we like? Let's say 5. How many rows? How about 3? How much space between them? Tenth of an inch, maybe another tenth of an inch. When we click OK, it says here is your grid. It then offers to build guides between all the picture boxes. I'm going to say No this time, but this is a really clever way to create a grid of guides.

The original picture box is still on the page and it's selected. So I'll delete it. With all these picture boxes, it seems like we ought to be able to do something with them. Another one of the scripts comes in really handy for that. I'm going to select all the picture boxes, go back to the Scripts menu, go to Images and choose Folder to Selected Picture Boxes. When I do that, it prompts me for a folder. I'll go ahead and select the MediaFiles folder that contains all the pictures from our projects that we've been using in this training. Would you like me to start at the topmost picture box, or the bottommost? Let's start at the top.

Would you like to fit these pictures to the box in different ways? I think Fitting Proportionally is probably smart, so here we go and now we have a grid, containing the first group of pictures in that folder. I'm going to delete all these picture boxes except one. I'll drag it to the middle of the page and I'll Fit the Box to the Picture. Now under the Scripts menu, I can go to the next item, Picture Box, and say I would like Crop Marks & the Name. The Scripts menu has other features in it. For example, you can control OPI, you can save each page separately as an EPS file, you can open folders, you can link selected text boxes, which is handy because unlike Quark's built-in linking tool, you can link text boxes that already have content in them.

If you have a table selected, you can color its rows or columns, and there is some Typography features here as well. Let's go back to the Special menu item and notice that there is an Open QuarkXPress Folders item in there. When we open it, it asks us which folder we would like to open. This is really convenient for opening any of these folders that you commonly need to access in QuarkXPress. Notice that the Scripts folder is in here and if I choose it, you can see that the Scripts folder contains folders within it and that hierarchy is reflected in the Scripts menu in QuarkXPress.

So if you've got an AppleScript, you can just drag it right into one of these folders, or make up a new folder of your own and it will appear in Quark Scripts menu the next time you relaunch QuarkXPress. If you use a Mac in your production workflow, you can probably automate some of your tasks with AppleScripts. Apple provides the scripting tools on every Mac, so you can either tackle a project yourself or hire an AppleScript expert to write one for you.

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  1. 5m 17s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. What is QuarkXPress?
      3m 32s
  2. 39m 1s
    1. Getting started
      2m 26s
    2. Managing files in Quark
      9m 52s
    3. Exploring the QuarkXPress interface
      11m 22s
    4. Restoring, reverting, and undoing
      4m 9s
    5. Navigating your layout
      6m 45s
    6. Adding and moving pages
      4m 27s
  3. 51m 57s
    1. Understanding items and contents
      4m 54s
    2. Making boxes and lines
      6m 32s
    3. Putting text on a path
      8m 48s
    4. Moving and locking items
      1m 44s
    5. Resizing, reshaping, rotating, and flipping items
      2m 33s
    6. Duplicating items
      3m 25s
    7. Deleting items
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Bézier Pen tool
      4m 20s
    9. Converting text to boxes
      2m 4s
    10. Understanding relationships between items
      4m 53s
    11. Merging shapes
      2m 1s
    12. Setting item styles
      5m 13s
    13. Using Item Find/Change
      3m 41s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Reviewing the Layers palette
      8m 12s
    2. Utilizing guides and rulers
      4m 16s
    3. Understanding Guide Manager Pro
      5m 24s
    4. Using frames, dashes, and stripes
      4m 57s
    5. Setting libraries
      5m 18s
    6. Appending settings
      2m 48s
  5. 39m 57s
    1. Building a new layout
      3m 40s
    2. Creating projects and layouts
      4m 48s
    3. Working with Master Pages
      2m 44s
    4. Creating automatic text boxes
      3m 15s
    5. Working with Master Pages and Layout Pages
      5m 15s
    6. Making pages
      6m 1s
    7. Modifying your pages
      2m 5s
    8. Using automatic page insertion
      2m 44s
    9. Using automatic page numbering and "continued"
      4m 45s
    10. Working with sections and page numbering
      3m 29s
    11. Building with multipage spreads
      1m 11s
  6. 25m 5s
    1. Navigating through a layout
      1m 49s
    2. Selecting text
      4m 41s
    3. Deleting text
      1m 4s
    4. Changing text case
      59s
    5. Importing text
      4m 39s
    6. Exporting text
      2m 52s
    7. Showing invisible characters
      2m 6s
    8. Using the Glyph panel
      4m 27s
    9. Working with ligatures
      2m 28s
  7. 10m 50s
    1. Finding and changing
      6m 3s
    2. Using Spell Check
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 27s
    1. Understanding basic character formatting
      4m 15s
    2. Setting color, shade, and transparency
      2m 36s
    3. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      3m 55s
    4. Setting kerning and tracking
      7m 38s
    5. Inserting typographic special effects
      7m 53s
    6. Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts
      5m 32s
    7. Finding a missing font
      3m 38s
  9. 29m 29s
    1. Applying basic paragraph formatting
      3m 10s
    2. Applying leading to paragraphs
      5m 7s
    3. Establishing paragraph rules
      3m 4s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 14s
    5. Setting hyphenation and justification
      3m 41s
    6. Understanding widow and orphan control
      3m 54s
    7. Working with hanging characters
      4m 19s
  10. 27m 53s
    1. Linking items together
      3m 58s
    2. Learning about style sheets
      1m 52s
    3. Creating style sheets
      3m 57s
    4. Editing style sheets
      4m 24s
    5. Applying styles
      3m 40s
    6. Deleting styles
      2m 7s
    7. Appending styles
      3m 17s
    8. Using grids
      4m 38s
  11. 22m 55s
    1. Building tables
      3m 19s
    2. Importing Excel tables
      3m 13s
    3. Working with tables
      5m 25s
    4. Formatting tables
      2m 50s
    5. Splitting tables with headers and footers
      3m 19s
    6. Adding graphics
      2m 41s
    7. Converting a table to text or a group
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Building books
      5m 20s
    2. Creating lists
      5m 2s
    3. Building an index
      4m 12s
  13. 23m 18s
    1. Importing pictures
      4m 50s
    2. Working with pictures
      2m 48s
    3. Mastering picture management
      3m 50s
    4. Editing and exporting pictures
      2m 48s
    5. Looking into preview quality and greeking images
      5m 18s
    6. Exporting a page as EPS
      3m 44s
  14. 12m 25s
    1. Working with Photoshop documents
      4m 44s
    2. Understanding the Style menu
      3m 3s
    3. Building picture effects
      4m 38s
  15. 10m 54s
    1. Working with text runaround
      7m 32s
    2. Setting anchored boxes
      3m 22s
  16. 32m 4s
    1. What You See and What You Get
      2m 42s
    2. Describing color
      3m 28s
    3. Specifying color
      7m 13s
    4. Creating color blends
      5m 15s
    5. Setting opacity
      4m 55s
    6. Using color from outside sources
      1m 55s
    7. Understanding color management and proofing
      6m 36s
  17. 15m 8s
    1. Synchronizing items
      3m 11s
    2. Building composition zones
      4m 8s
    3. Working in shared layouts
      2m 25s
    4. Understanding job jackets
      5m 24s
  18. 15m 21s
    1. Collecting for output and exporting
      1m 14s
    2. Adjusting basic printer settings
      3m 39s
    3. Reviewing advanced printer settings
      8m 44s
    4. Establishing print styles
      1m 44s
  19. 16m 10s
    1. Creating and exporting a PDF
      4m 4s
    2. Creating PDF output styles
      1m 44s
    3. Building hyperlinks in interactive PDFs
      4m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks for interactive PDFs
      5m 59s
  20. 20m 58s
    1. Building a web page
      4m 12s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks in a document
      3m 18s
    3. Creating a form for HTML
      2m 54s
    4. Exporting and importing as HTML
      5m 20s
    5. Building Flash projects
      5m 14s
  21. 6m 15s
    1. Working with XTensions
      3m 2s
    2. Scripting in QuarkXPress 8
      3m 13s
  22. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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