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Cut Through Telephone Voice Systems--To a Real Human!

Cut Through Telephone Voice Systems--To a Real Human!

The GetHuman Project is a vol­un­teer Website devot­ed to improv­ing the qual­i­ty and speed of tele­phone sup­port and ser­vice sys­tems in the US. The Website offers gen­er­al tips and advice for speed­ing through and get­ting the most out of deal­ing with…
Hanging Punctuation in QuarkXPress

Hanging Punctuation in QuarkXPress

Hanging punctuation–the prac­tice of let­ting open­ing punc­tu­a­tion “hang out” beyond the visu­al edge of a block of text which actu­al­ly rein­forces that edge–is not some­thing that’s auto­mat­ic in QuarkXPress: it takes a lit­tle bit of romanc­ing, but it can be done. To…
Hanging Punctuation in InDesign

Hanging Punctuation in InDesign

When try­ing to achieve a clean edge on the type in your para­graph, one must push the open­ing punc­tu­a­tion (typ­i­cal­ly an open-quote) beyond the ver­ti­cal visu­al line of alignment–make the pun­cu­tu­a­tion “hang”. Hanging pun­cu­ta­tion” is astound­ing­ly sim­ple in InDesign. First,…
Drop Caps in QuarkXPress

Drop Caps in QuarkXPress

Styling drop caps for your intro­duc­to­ry para­graphs using QuarkXPress is straight­for­ward; the trick here is know­ing where to find the place where it’s spe­fi­cied. As it hap­pens, it’s in the Paragraph Attributes dia­log box. Place your inser­tion point into the…
Drop Caps in InDesign

Drop Caps in InDesign

Drop caps–those big, attention-getting glyphs that arrest the eye and bring it right into the begin­ning of your story–are a quick and sim­ple thing to achieve in InDesign. The drop caps are con­trolled by set­tings made in the Paragraph palette. If…
Tab Leaders in QuarkXPress

Tab Leaders in QuarkXPress

Tab leaders–the lines of filler char­ac­ters in print­ed lists and tables of con­tents that con­nect the aligned con­tent on one side to the aligned con­tent on the other–are eas­i­ly obtain­able in QuarkXPress. After set­ting up and for­mat­ting the list, bring…
The Holy Grail of Page Layout

The Holy Grail of Page Layout

Yup, call­ing some­thing the Holy Grail is pret­ty boldand overused. In this case, how­ev­er, it real­ly does apply. Yesterday I released Page Control, a plug-in for InDesign CS and InDesign CS2, devel­oped in coop­er­a­tion with DTP Tools. Page Control answers…
Tab Leaders in InDesign

Tab Leaders in InDesign

Tab lead­ers are the lines of filler char­ac­ters in print­ed lists and tables of con­tents that con­nect the aligned con­tent on one side to the aligned con­tent on the oth­er, both lead­ing the eye and fill­ing in what would oth­er­wise…
Resize Box and Contents Proportionately

Resize Box and Contents Proportionately

You can resize both a box and its con­tent pro­por­tion­al­ly by hold­ing down CTRL-SHIFT-OPT and either using the greater-than and less-than keys (to size the box down and up). The con­tent will dynam­i­cal­ly and pro­por­tion­al­ly scale in response to the change…
QuarkXPress 7: More Thumbs-Ups

QuarkXPress 7: More Thumbs-Ups

Two more reviewers weigh in with postive marks on Quark's improvements Two recent XPress 7 reviews have caught our eye here at QVI; one pubished in Quark’s back yard and one from across the pond. Both give XPress 7 high marks and…
FeedWordPress: Content Theft with Consequences

FeedWordPress: Content Theft with Consequences

Today, while search­ing for a dif­fer­ent WordPress plu­g­in, I ran across this trou­bling post from John TP from last week:
My blog posts have been reblogged a few times in Splogs in the past and that too direct­ly from my feeds. After switch­ing…
QuarkXPress 7: Thumbs Up In The UK

QuarkXPress 7: Thumbs Up In The UK

Review gives V7 thumbs up for powerful featuresA review of QuarkXPress 7 has just been pub­lished in The Independent, a major dai­ly news­pa­per in the UK; it comes down strong­ly in favor of the newest ver­sion of Quark’s flag­ship. Cited…
Markzware Releases ID2Q7 Conversion Plugin

Markzware Releases ID2Q7 Conversion Plugin

New plugin offers one-click conversion of InDesign files to XPress 7–but only for non-Intel Mac users at present. Markzware, mak­er of more use­ful pre­flight and plu­g­in soft­ware for elec­tron­ic lay­out than you can shake a stick at, has announced the release…