Export QuarkXPress Stories as RTF, TXT, HTML on macOS via QXPMarkz App

Export QuarkXPress Stories
as RTF, TXT, HTML on macOS
via QXPMarkz App

You can export QuarkXPress Stories as RTF (Rich Text Format), TXT (Plain Text) or HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), on the macOS platform. See videos, instructions, images, and more about Markzware’s QXPMarkz app, in this article:

QXPMarkz users can quickly grab a story to view or share, without having to run Quark’s QuarkXPress app. As a QuarkXPress user, you might reach a point where you think “Where is that story I had in one of my Quark files? I can’t recall which QXP file contains the story.”

Markzware develops preview, preflight, and file conversion software for printers, publishers, and graphic arts workflows. Markzware’s QXPMarkz macOS app can be a valuable, central hub for processing QuarkXPress files, for use in a multitude of file formats.

How to Preview QuarkXPress Files

A .qxp document, itself, may be missing the thumbnails or missing thumbnails from individual pages. You can use QXPMarkz to view QuarkXPress layout previews, to help you find the file that you’re seeking.

It’s a good idea to preview your QuarkXPress files, before processing them. You can do this easily in QXPMarkz.

To preview QuarkXPress files, via the QXPMarkz app by Markzware:

• Drag & drop your files onto the QXPMarkz window, in the “Drag and drop files here” section.

• You can view the Inspector panel, which provides document details (document type, file size, date created, date modified, number of pages, number of spreads, page size, number of fonts and missing fonts, number of colors used, number of images embedded, number of stories, etc.).

• You can zoom in and out, and even see the document in spread view.

Here is a video, to explain more about Markzware’s versatile, stand-alone application to handle QuarkXPress documents:

Video: QXPMarkz – Quark to Affinity Publisher and more

(Click the image above, to watch the video.)
The QXPMarkz app quickly processes QuarkXPress files on a Mac,
offers ease-of-use, and saves money on QuarkXPress subscriptions.

“And you can even export individual text stories, or all your text stories in your file, to RTF. Stylized text.”
– David D., QXPMarkz reviewer

Here is a video about the Export feature in Markzware’s QXPMarkz application:

How to Export QuarkXPress Stories, via QXPMarkz

The “Export” button is in the top left corner of the main window in the
QXPMarkz app by Markzware.

To Export a QuarkXPress Story:

• Drag & drop your file onto the QXPMarkz window, in the “Drag and drop files here” section.

• Click on the “Export” icon in the top left of the QXPMarkz viewing window.

• Click on the “Stories” icon.

• In the “Format” (see “1” in the image below) section of the “Stories” dialogue, select one of the three export formats (RTF, TXT, or HTML).

Markzware QXPMarkz App Feature to Export Stories as RTF, TXT or HTML

Markzware QXPMarkz app feature to Export QuarkXPress Stories as
RTF (Rich Text Format), TXT (Plain Text) or HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)

Post Export Features in QXPMarkz

Open In (See “2” in the image above)
Selecting the Open In Checkbox allows you to select which application will handle the exported story file. Make sure you select an app that can handle the output format you have selected above. Selecting this checkbox enables you to now select either the System Default Application or Specific Application Path radio buttons.

If the “Open In” box is left unchecked, QXPMarkz will still export your story data, but will not attempt to open the exported file. In addition, the System Default Application and Specific Application buttons will not be available for selection.

System Default Application (See “3” in the image above)
This is the default application that your macOS system uses to handle your exported files. On macOS systems, this is typically Apple’s TextEdit application for RTF and TXT files and your default web browser for HTML files.

Specific Application Path (See “4” in the image above)
Selecting this radio button in QXPMarkz will enable the selection area.

Selection area (See “5” in the image above)
Click in the selection area, to bring up a Standard macOS Finder window, allowing you to navigate to the application you wish to use to handle the exported story data. As an example you may want to export a TXT file (plain text) but always have it open in BBEdit. You would then select BBEdit, in the Selection area.

Suppress dialogs when possible (See “6” in the image above)
When this box is selected in QXPMarkz, warning and error dialogs in applications the Text is sent too are suppressed if possible. This would typically be a missing fonts warning.

When opening files in other applications, many times they pop up alert dialogs that require you to click on something to continue. This can cause unwanted interference or halt in a workflow. The downside of suppressing these dialogs is you do not know if fonts may be missing.

Show in Finder (See “7” in the image above)
If this box is checked, once the Export action is completed, your file will be revealed in a Standard macOS Finder Window. Unless you need to interact with the file immediately after export in the macOS Finder, this box should be left unchecked. Leaving the box unchecked will also speed up the export process as a Finder Window will not need to be called and displayed.

Close Document (See “8” in the image above)
If this box is checked, your file will be closed in QXPMarkz, after the Export action has completed. By Default, this box is left unchecked and your file remains open in QXPMarkz, until you manually decide to close the file.

Cancel Button (See “9” in the image above)
Clicking the Cancel button will cancel the export action and close the Export pane. This will take you back to the main File View window in QXPMarkz.

Export Button (See “10” in the image above)
Clicking the Export button will export the story data (text) of the currently active file, using the settings you have selected from the Format Menu. When you click on Export this will also bring up a Standard macOS Finder window asking you where you would like to Save your exported file.

Video: InDesign Productivity Tools Preview Export and convert
CreativePro Presentation 2020

Here is a presentation that Markzware shared at CreativePro Week 2020. In the video, Markzware team members discuss QXPMarkz and other Markzware software products:


(Click the image above, to watch the video.)
Markzware‘s QXPMarkz app previews QuarkXPress files and opens them in Affinity Publisher, Adobe InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, and more. (The buttons on the File Preview page are pre-set automated workflows.) QXPMarkz also converts QuarkXPress files to PNG, TIFF, EPS, GIF, PDF, IDML, and JPEG, so you can get the content from a .qxp file into the most suitable format for your needs.

DTP expert and CreativePro Speaker, Laurie Ruhlin, on whether she would recommend QXPMarkz:

“Yeah! Absolutely, because, if I didn’t have the ability to figure out how to export this Quark file, I wouldn’t be able to add it to the book that my dad’s writing, but I wouldn’t be able to, honestly, to have his information that he wrote, probably 18 years ago. He was a printer, in a very small town in Iowa. And he used QuarkXPress. And, so, if I didn’t have this product, I wouldn’t be able to have the history that he had written down for his grandkids and we did have one printout, but that was all we had. And, so, absolutely, I would recommend it!”
Source: https://youtu.be/pokUUl9Ec-s

QXPMarkz Features include:

• Open QuarkXPress files in Affinity Publisher, InDesign, Acrobat, Illustrator, and many other file formats, via QXPMarkz.
• Open InDesign files in Acrobat and Annotate the PDF.
• Preview QuarkXPress files & export .qxp files as RTF, TXT, HTML, IDML, PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, or GIF.

You can use automation features to open QuarkXPress in a selected application or file format, today! Buy Markzware’s low-cost QXPMarkz Mac Subscription (including updates throughout your 12-month subscription term), available via the QXPMarkz page.

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Export QuarkXPress Stories as RTF, TXT, HTML on macOS via QXPMarkz App

Title: Export QuarkXPress Stories as RTF, TXT, HTML on macOS via QXPMarkz App
Published on: July 8, 2020
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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