QuarkXPress 7 Passport ReviewMakaveli - January 30, 2008
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When I first opened up the program, I thought I had mistakenly opened Adobe Photoshop because the workspace looks almost identical. That’s a good thing because Adobe Photoshop is an extremely easy program to use and it’s easy to find everything you need. First, let’s go ahead and see what all of the available tabs at the top have to offer. Under “File” you’ll find options to start a new project or open a current project. If you look closely, you’ll also see the option for “Job Jackets”. A “Job Jacket” is a folder that you can use to keep all of the files, images, and attachments for your project together so that the final print comes with everything you collected along the way for your project. The next tab is “Edit” which is where I found the master collection of all the languages you can use with XPress 7 Passport. Quite a hefty list, huh? The next available tab without a project open is the “Utilities” tab. Here is where you’ll be able to manage most of your projects or “Job Jackets” as well as tools, such as a dictionary.
The “Window” tab is where you can manage your workspace and customize it to suit your needs. If you’re wondering what tools the toolbox houses, here’s a list: Item, Content, Rotation, Zoom, Rectangle Text Box, Rectangle Picture Box, Tables, Line, Line Text-Path, Linking, Unlinking, Composition, Scissors, and the Starburst tool.
Pretty jam-packed already, wouldn’t you agree? Now let’s examine some of the features more closely.