|Portland, Ore – March 19, 2002 – Extensis today announced the immediate availability of QX-Tools Pro, a major upgrade to its award winning collection of productivity XTensions for QuarkXPress. New features include the ability to import MS Excel and PowerPoint graphics and tables, and a palette that allows faster access to keyboard shortcuts. QX-Tools Pro also includes preflighting via Extensis’ revolutionary Preflight Online service.
“Whether you are using QuarkXPress 4.0 or the newly released 5.0, QX-Tools Pro will help you create high quality QuarkXPress documents with greater speed and efficiency,” said Ginna Baldassarre, QX-Tools Pro product manager for Extensis. “The collection now includes tools for power users and novices a like.”
“Extensis is leading the charge for QuarkXPress 5.0 XTensions,” said Brett Mueller, senior product manager for QuarkXPress. “The enhanced functionality that QX-Tools Pro adds to QuarkXPress extends our shared customers ability to make the most out of QuarkXPress 5.0 by enhancing the print and web design experience.”
New Features in QX-Tools Pro:
QX-Import – Publishers can now import Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint documents without having to recreate them in QuarkXPress. Users simply import the preexisting piece into their QuarkXPress document using the QX-Import tool. Each page is imported as an EPS image with the same attributes as the print preview window in those respective parent applications. EPS files will be imported as vector EPS files allowing, for editing of those images in programs such as Adobe Illustrator.
QX-Shortcuts – For both new users and seasoned veterans of QuarkXPress, the abundance of more than 350 keyboard shortcuts can be overwhelming. QX-Shortcuts helps users expose buried shortcuts and execute those commands used most frequently. With QX-Shortcuts, users can view all shortcuts organized by category or search the entire library of QuarkXPress shortcuts for the ones they need, then create custom sets of their favorites.
QX-Collect&Send – Any QuarkXPress user that works directly with prepress or print houses can use the QX-Collect&Send tool to ensure every outgoing document has complete files. This tool collects all fonts and images (including fonts and images used in EPS files) from a QuarkXPress document, preflights the document and allows users to easily upload files to their printer’s FTP site. Users can also create shortcuts for various FTP sites for quick transmission of their job.
QX-Tools Pro includes a free, single user subscription to Extensis’ revolutionary Preflight Online service that allows users to preflight their QuarkXPress 4 jobs before sending them to the printer. QX-Tools Pro offers a limited number of standard inspection profiles that flag common output errors. A fully customizable version of Preflight Online is available to users for an additional price.
“The preflighting capabilities now available in QX-Tools Pro are so powerful that many single users won’t have to buy and install a separate preflighting application,” said Joe Schorr, senior product manager for Preflight Online. “Preflight Online will alert users to potential problems before they even close their Quark document and shows how they can be fixed.”
Pricing and Availability
The English version of QX-Tools Pro is now available for download from the Extensis web site for a suggested retail price starting at $199.95US for full product. Upgrades from previous versions are available starting at $59.95 US. French and German language product will be available in the second quarter of 2002.
QX-Tools Pro will support Macintosh Operating System 8.6 – 9.x and is fully compatible with Mac OS X Classic environment and operates with QuarkXPress 4.x – 5.0.