Kona Software Makes Applescript Work For Quark Users
New software maker debuts PDF-making helper, offerson custom Applescript solution work for Mac XPress Users, InDesign solutions promised
A new software maker, Kona Software, offers the possiblilty of simplified solutions for Mac-based QuarkXPress â„¢ users–using automation through Applescript.
Thier first commercial effort–a QuarkXPress automation they call KonaPDF–automates what can be a tedious and somewhat frustrating (not to mention time-eating, if one has the task of frequently producing a number of PDFs for proofs) task of generating PDFs from Xpress documents.
According to Kona’s information page on KonaPDF, the script solves the problem by automating often-tweaked Print dialog functions, allowing the user to select low-res (300 dpi) PDF proofs for client review, or high-res (2400 dpi) almost-ready-for-press PDF proofs. KonaPDF then goes to work, according to the company’s web page:
It takes a folder of QuarkXPress documents and automatically produces a set of Postscript .PS files, placing them in a watched folder ready for Acrobat Distiller to turn into PDFs. All you have to do is select the folder of Quark documents and the Distiller watched folder. It’s as simple as that.
The software is also touted as taking into account layout sizes, generating appropriately-sized final PDFs, as well as logically nameing each file for you.
Though KonaPDF for QuarkXPress is it’s only product so far, Kona Software also promises development for InDesigners in future. They also advertise custom scripting services, for those who have a workflow automation need (unquestionably many exist) that they think can be solved by Applescript.
The KonaPDF script is advertised at a price of 6 Pounds (sterling). At the time of this writing, that equals about US$11.12. Payment is through PayPal on thier website.
While we have not had the opportunity yet to review the software and therefore cannot yet recommend it, it certainly looks like a tool Mac-based XPress layout artists can make use of, and deserves a look.