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Reason 1: Easier Item Manipulation

Items—boxes, lines, tables—are the building blocks of every layout, and QuarkXPress 8 has made every aspect of working with items easier:

  • Creating items: You no longer need to create a text box or a picture box—just a box. Boxes are created automatically for content you drag-and-drop, and the drawing tools work more like those in other drawing programs, just for starters.
  • Duplicating items: Hold down Option/Alt as you drag with the Item tool to create a copy (see Figure 2).
  • Figure 2 Duplicating an item with the mouse.

  • Resizing from the center: When you're dragging an item's resize handle, hold down Option/Alt to resize the item from the center rather than the side or corner you're dragging (see Figure 3).
  • Figure 3 Resizing an item from the center.

  • Formatting items: Create item styles (Window > Item Styles) to apply multiple attributes to items quickly and consistently (see Figure 4). Update item styles or use Edit > Item Find/Change for global formatting changes.
  • Figure 4 The Item Styles palette.

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