QX-Tools Pro 7 Review

QuarkXPress needs no introduction. Although many professional customers have switched to Adobe InDesign in recent years, Quark remains the industry standard desktop publishing tool. One of its key attractions is that it can be extended with third-party plugins. QX-Tools Pro 7 offers Quark lovers a dozen extra enhanced features, including a couple that should be standard.

QX-Tools has been around a while, offering batch find and replace, keyboard shortcut creation and project navigation features in previous versions. This release adds five new XTensions, varying from the handy to the indispensable.

QX-WYSIWYG adds a font preview palette to your setup that also helps you organise typefaces into navigable categories. Now you can see typeface examples before applying them, saving valuable time. Another useful time-saver is QX-SuperSelect, which enables you to highlight multiple words in a document then apply changes to them all.

The best XTension, in our opinion, adds functionality that should be standard in Quark. QX-DragAndDrop allows you to drop images directly into Quark documents from the Finder, or Adobe Bridge if you prefer. There’s no need to trawl through folders in the import dialogue. Two final new tools are less essential. QX-Tips&Tricks adds an updating tips window that opens at launch; a frequently seen feature that most users disable shortly after installing any new application. Finally, QX-Underline is a subtle enhancement of Quark’s existing underline feature.

OUR VERDICT

QX-Tools Pro 7 is a valuable bundle that will be embraced by QuarkXPress professionals.

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