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QuarkCopyDesk SE 2.0

You've heard the adage "Use the right tool for the job." If you need to edit a large amount of text in a QuarkXPress document, the right tool may just be QuarkCopyDesk SE 2.09. This stand-alone program is a cross between QuarkXPress and a word processing program. It combines the typographic controls of XPress with tools designed for editors, such as galley and full-screen modes that display text in an easy-to-read font and size but with line breaks intact, allowing editors to work in a program designed for editing rather than in the designer-oriented--and more expensive--XPress.

Workflow is simple: you export text from XPress and open it in CopyDesk SE, which displays the page layout. The program knows how much text an Xpress box can hold, so you can edit to fit. Unfortunately, CopyDesk SE lacks keyboard and menu shortcuts for automating the import and export of text. In addition, there's no way to export or import more than one story in a document, overset text isn't indicated in the page-layout view, you can't turn off style features, and there are no revision marks.

Macworld's Buying Advice

Any QuarkXPress user who deals with large amounts of text will appreciate QuarkCopyDesk SE's tools, but the cost and hassle of using a separate program limit CopyDesk SE's usefulness.

Don't Strain Your Eyes: It's much easier to edit text in QuarkCopyDesk SE (top layer) than in QuarkXPress (bottom layer).
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