Join Jay Nelson for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting started, part of QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training.
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In this movie, I'll show you where QuarkXPress lives on your hard drive, how to tell which version you have, how to adjust its preferences to make QuarkXPress behave the way you want it to, and a little about XTensions, plug-ins that add capabilities to QuarkXPress. So, on your desktop in your file hierarchy if you look in your Applications folder you'll find the QuarkXPress 8 folder. Now, the QuarkXPress 8 folder contains the QuarkXPress application, and pretty much all of the things it needs to get its work done. This is the QuarkXPress 8 application here and you may be wondering, which exact version of QuarkXPress you've got? Oh yes, it's QuarkXPress 8, but is it 801, 802, 8.1, what is it? One way to do that is to launch QuarkXPress and then under the QuarkXPress menu, choose About QuarkXPress.
A Window pops-up that tells you, oh! I'm using QuarkXPress 8.02. And that's important information when you are trying to figure out whether you need an update, or if you are talking to Quark's Technical Support or whatever. Now, while we are in QuarkXPress let's have a look over at the Preferences, which is under the QuarkXPress menu. So, we'll go to Preferences, and this is where you control all the little ways that QuarkXPress interacts with you and you interact with it. We'll get to the Preferences in a later movie, but for now, I just wanted to point out that this is where it is and feel free to click through and look at all the different options that are available for controlling this program.
And the last thing I want to show you is XTensions. If we look back in the folder on the desktop you'll see a folder down here called XTensions. Now, in the XTensions folder, you'll find not only the XTensions that Quark needs to do its work, but also if you purchase any third party XTensions or acquire some from Quark or whatever, this is where you put them. You just drag them right into the XTensions folder and Quark will read them the next time it launches. Now, you can install all the XTensions you want and control them within QuarkXPress using the XTensions Manager, which is under the Utilities menu.
Now, when you turn off an extension using the XTensions Manager, Quark automatically moves that extension into this folder here, XTensions Disabled. So, even without QuarkXPress running you can always look to see if there are any extensions that you thought you had installed that aren't currently running, they will be in the XTensions Disabled folder. So, now you know where QuarkXPress lives, and all the other things you might need in order to troubleshoot or provide information to someone who is helping troubleshoot problems with you.
- Understanding the QuarkXPress interface
- Building a new layout and working with master pages
- Using long document features to streamline workflow
- Building QuarkXPress 8 documents with Adobe and Microsoft files
- Creating custom styles using typography and picture effects
- Collaborating in real time with other users
- Exporting finished projects to PDF, Flash, and the web