Company: onOne Software
Pros: Useful selection tools, drag-&-drop capabilities, ability to view all available fonts in actual typeface.
Cons: Older XTensions may lose some appeal for QuarkXPress 7 users.
QX-Tools Pro 7 is the latest release of the popular collection of Quark XTension from OnOne Software. The new Universal binary release is compatible with QuarkXPress 7 and offers several new features along with enhancement to existing XTensions.
In all, QX-Tools Pro 7 comprises 15 XTensions designed to boost Quark’s capabilities and make a designer’s every day tasks easier and quicker to complete.
Five new tools feature in version 7 – QX-SuperSelect, QX-DragAndDrop, QX-WYSIWYG, QX-Underline, and QX-Tips&Tricks.
One of the best is QX-SuperSelect – a handy selection tool that lets you select non-contiguous text anywhere in a document and then apply changes to the selected words in one go.
Drag till you drop
QX-DragAndDrop lets you skip the import dialog box when placing images or text in your document. With QX-Tools Pro 7 installed, you can simply drag images and text directly onto your page from the desktop, the Mac OS X Finder, or from Adobe Bridge.
QX-WYSIWYG is another welcome addition. Displaying all available fonts in their own typefaces rather than the standard Mac OS font, this palette makes short work of selecting a suitable font.
Less useful is the new QX-Underline. It won’t be something you’ll use often, but if a client insists on underlined text, then this XTension offers a greater degree of control over how rules interact with descending characters.
Other XTensions in the collection have been enhanced including the comprehensive QX-FindChange, the Adobe Navigator-style QX-Viewer, and QX-ItemStyles, which lets you create item styles for picture/text boxes, lines and tables.
QuarkXPress 7’s improved functionality, in particular the new measurements palette, has taken the edge off some of the tools in this collection. Yet, if you’re an existing fan of these XTensions or a designer who needs to zip through layout tasks, QX-Tools Pro 7 is worth a look.