QuarkXPress 7 Passport ReviewMakaveli - January 30, 2008
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Let’s go ahead and start a new project so that we can unlock the rest of the features. I really like the layout of the workspace and it truly does remind me of Adobe Photoshop. On the right side of the workspace you’ll notice a toolbox that has Page Layout, Style Sheets, Colors, and Layers menus that allow you to use those options in real time while you’re working on a project.
Now let’s utilize some of the basic tools such as the “Tables” tool. When you draw a table, on the release of the mouse, you’ll be prompted with a window asking you to define how you wish the table to look. Notice how the toolbox below the page filled up with options for alignment, spacing, borders, and much more for the table.
One of my favorite tools to use is the Composition Zone tool. With this tool, you can zone off pieces of the project and send them out to different workstations to enable more coworkers to contribute to the job. This helps get the project done much more efficiently. Like the tables, text is also very customizable because as soon as you write some text, that tool box at the bottom of the page fills up again with a plethora of options to customize the text.
So now that we’ve got a basic idea of the workspace and the options, let’s compare this software to another page design software.