QuarkXPress allows you to setup the application preferences
so it works predictably for you every time. I'll just
show you my personal preferences on how I like to setup
Quark. You can set yours up the way you want.
Click Edit > Preferences > Application
to bring up the preferences dialog. There will be four
tabs. If you installed the the Dejavu extension with
the version 4.04 or 4.1 updater you will see a fifth
tab (the "File List" tab - shown below).
1. The first tab is for the display preferences. I keep
the defaults for "Guide Colors" and "Display".
The "Display" section determines how images
will be stored. When Quark imports an image into a picture
box it generates a lo-res preview Tiff which it stores
in the document. Images are linked to disk files by
default to hold down the file size, but you can embed
an image if you want. You can set a display value of
either 72 or 96 DPI here (96 for Windows®,
72 for Mac® - but it's not
critical). You can set it for more if you want a high-res
2. On the "Interactive" tab check "Smart
Quotes" to enable curly quotes for fonts that include
them. The check next to "Tool Tips" will cause
Quark to display the names of tools when the mouse pointer
is moved over them.
3. This "Save" tab is pretty
important if you value your work. Make sure "Auto
Backup" is checked. You can either press the "Browse"
button to navigate to a folder where you want to store
backup files or type the name of a folder. If you type
a name of a folder that doesn't exist, then the program
will create it the next time you startup QuarkXPress.
The default is the most recent 5 revisions of the file
you are editing. If something goes wrong and you can't
open the file, you can open a backup and save it as
a new file.
Believe me, this is important. I have lost days of work
before Quark implemented this feature. The document
file can easily become corrupted to the point where
Quark can't even open it. I'll show you how to recover
data from a corrupted file if it is not so bad that
Quark can't open it, but I don't know of any way to
open a file if Quark can't.
4. These are just the defaults for the "XTensions"
5. The "File List" tab will appear if you
installed the "Dejavu" extension that comes
with the 4.04 updater. I want the most recent 10 documents
to show up on the "File" menu.
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