Xtags 7.2.2b1/4.0.1 review

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Xtags is a powerful text filter for QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign that automatically creates finished documents from a tagged text file.

License: Demo
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 17K
Developer: Em Software, Inc.
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Price: $400.00
Updated: 27 Jun 2006
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Xtags is a powerful text filter for QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign that automatically creates finished documents from a tagged text file. Xtags gives IT departments, OEMs, and system integrators a way to automate the construction of complex documents without learning InDesign internals or creating custom plugins, and it gives tag-using end users the power they need for complex editorial jobs. When driving the document building process with a database (picture-based data publishing, books, catalogs, classified ads, etc.), Xtags gives you the ability to build very complex documents using the data-side environment of your choice. From the end user’s standpoint, no technical knowledge is required, and it’s easy to use — you produce a tagged text file, and the end user (or your automation script) simply imports the tagged text to generate the final document. Here are just a few things you can produce with Xtags: catalogs, one-to-one marketing, TV guides, directories, real estate guides, trader and swap magazines, phone books, classified advertising, and much more! Xtags can create text content with full styling, anchored and unanchored boxes and rules, size boxes to their contents, group multiple items together, apply master pages, and control many other aspects of document building. It integrates with InCatalog as well, allowing you to build a document and then update your data at any time without having to rebuild your document. Xtags is available for both Mac OS and Windows. It costs $400; multi-pack discounts are available.

What's New:
Xtags 7.2.2 is a fully-functioning serialized release. If you've used a registered copy of Xtags 6 on your machine, then once installed in QuarkXPress 7's XTensions folder these versions should work without reentering a serial number. Otherwise, when prompted you'll need to obtain and enter a 6.x-style Xtags serial number appropriate for your OS.
These builds are Unicode-aware internally, but do not yet read or write Unicode file encodings (UTF-16 & UTF-8, for example). Support for external Unicode file encodings will be added in a future release. For now, characters in a document which aren't part of the native 8-bit character set (that's Mac Roman in Mac OS and Windows Latin in Windows) will be saved as a tag (see next bullet).
We've added support for the (and ) tag that was first introduced in our Xtags for InDesign product. With it, any character may be specified using its Unicode code point value. For example, an Em Dash may be specified as or .
Specifying a non-"Standard" H&J via may cause QuarkXPress 7.0 to crash. In most cases, however, H&Js should work correctly.
What was File > Get Text with Xtags... has been changed to File > Import with Xtags... and what was File > Save Text with Xtags... has been changed to File > Save with Xtags... to better align with QuarkXPress 7's updated terminology.

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