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Online documentation for the Q++Studio diary and calendar automation and publishing software, the choice of the world's foremost diary and calendar publishers, since 1999, to automate the typesetting of their diaries and calendars, reliably and efficiently, using the industry-standard QuarkXPress and InDesign formats.

 

September 20, 2021  (build 22962)

New

Added overprint options to text formatting, paragraph formatting, and textbox background fill and textbox framing, including for macros and saras, when using InDesign.

Improved

The indent from left and indent from right values of rules above/below can now be negative, for scripts that use InDesign.

Added the "none" color to the list of colors extracted from templates by InDesign, and implemented the fact that the "none" color can be applied to text in InDesign, as opposed to QuarkXPress, in which it is impossible to apply the "none" color to text.

Added message 186180 to warn you that recent changes to the postscript font names override file require re-starting Q++Studio or refreshing the list of installed fonts.

Fixed

Fixed a UI glitch whereby the dialog captions of the text formatting editors of the 24/31 native formatting editor would refer to 23 and 30 rather than 24 and 31.

The synchronization of worldwide public holidays would require two passes, for new public holidays that contained holiday name variations.

Added code to get around a bug of InDesign 2020 and 2021, whereby the text attributes of the second token of a series of 2 tokens would be the incorrect attributes, if the 2 tokens were not separated by any space, but also not located at the beginning of a textbox (JMata, 7-sep-2021).

Some of the diary generation error and warning messages issued by older versions of QuarkXPress (versions 4-5-6-7) would not be parsed properly (Eagle Press, 6-sep-2021).

 

August 31, 2021  (build 22916)

New

The XV4 version of Q++Studio supports the latest version of InDesign 2021 (version 16.4).

Added the option open pdf output, a new diary generation option, which automatically opens the PDF version of the generated diary.

Improved

Expanded the help topic for message 181585 to better explain how to fix the issue causing this message.

The maximum number of cells in an InDesign table, to allow token processing and SARAs, has been increased to 1000.

Fixed

When using saras with InDesign, right-align tabs would not be processed (JMata, 23-aug-2021).

The desktop shortcut for the new Q++Studio documentation was not being created correctly by the Q++Studio software updater (JMata, 20-aug-2021).

Serious scanning messages such as message 185680 are now handled more smoothly (JMata, 17-aug-2021).

 

July 31, 2021  (build 22879)

New

The official Quark support for QuarkXPress 2019 ended on July 31, 2021. As usual, Q++Studio will keep supporting older versions of QuarkXPress for as many years as possible (we currently support QuarkXPress versions, from 8 to 2021).

Added the current page only option to the current day mini-calendar font formatting options, to specify special formatting of mini-calendar dates that belong to the page in which the mini-calendar is placed.

Improved

Added message 186030 to prevent the combined use of the diary generation options use main grid as seed and facing pages, with an InDesign template containing an odd number of pages.

Fixed

Fixed the spurious appearance of message 183060 (30-july-2021).

Fixed a few UI glitches, in the main window, that would occur when only using InDesign, and QuarkXPress not being installed, on a workstation (Alpha, 20-july-2021).

When using drag-drop to copy a scriptline witin a script, the text values used for the holiday name/symbol/abbreviation left and right wrappers and separators would not be copied over to the new scriptline (Brunnen, 15-july-2021).

Opening the preferences dialog would generate an error message, if there was no version of InDesign set on your workstation (Brunnen, 15-july-2021).

Applying saras with regular expressions to empty table cells would fail in InDesign (Alpha, 14-july-2021).

Many of the warnings related to the use of unavailable fonts or unavailable colors in weekday header formatting would only be issued if the minicalendar was a one-line minicalendar (10-july-2021).

Fixed a minor UI bug whereby checking or un-checking the box controlling the text stroking, text background shading or text framing of saras would not set the currently selected sara as modified (7-july-2021).

 

June 30, 2021  (build 22819)

New

Q++Studio supports the new version of QuarkXPress (QuarkXPress 2021), released on June 29, 2021.

The XV4 version of Q++Studio supports the latest version of InDesign 2021 (version 16.3).

Improved

The calculation of the page number and page side tokens is now adjusted to reflect the deletion of any pages which may occur as the result of zap tokens, conditional tokens, or macro tokens.

Fixed

Improperly formed special characters could cause Q++Studio to go into an infinite loop (Brunnen, 29-june-2021).

When selecting to update all missing templates and/or all missing info pages, the missing info pages would sometimes remain, even after all the missing files' paths had been updated (23-june-2021).

The PDF file format was missing from the default full list of QuarkXPress and InDesign compatible file formats in the image selection dialog, and the PDF file format needed to be selected directly (JMata, 19-june-2021).

 

May 31, 2021  (build 22755)

New

The XV4 version of Q++Studio supports the latest version of InDesign 2021 (version 16.2).

Added the possibility of specifying default bleed and slugs document values to new scripts in the InDesign preferences.

Improved

The Output button of the diary generation status dialog is now focused at the end of diary generation, so that you can simply press the ENTER key to open the output file.

Relaxed the conditions under which message 176075 is issued. This message is now only issued if the GenTokens Options related to that token include the formatting or Xtags paragraph line endings.

Added and documented support for special character markers that are specific to InDesign.

Overhaul of the stand-alone saras user interface as well as important performance gains when accessing files across a network.

Fixed

The worldwide public holidays updater would clear the moon data sets and sun data sets used by individual holidays (Brunnen, 21-may-2021).

The box delete minicalendar date formatting was not working as specified in the documentation (2-may-2021).

 

April 30, 2021  (build 22698)

New

Added a new diary generation options to specify how the bleed and slugs document values of InDesign output files are set.

Q++Studio supports the latest version of QuarkXPress 2020 (version 16.3.2).

Fixed

The use of SARAs to insert a PDF was not fully implemented; the page number would always be 1, and the bounding box would always be the media box.

 

March 31, 2021  (build 22620)

New

Added the new Open PDF files with preferences setting to work around the Windows 10 bug which resets the Edge web browser as the software launched, when double-clicking on a PDF file, rather than accept any attempt at using Adobe Acrobat to open PDF files.

Added the new scale to fill option to the conversion of a textbox to a picture box in macros results and saras results, when using QuarkXPress 2019, and above, or InDesign.

Initial release of the version of the XV4 version of Q++Studio with InDesign support.

Improved

The title and label of the OK button of all the open and save file dialogs have been reviewed and they are now more descriptive and appropriate to each case where they are used.

The new message 185555 warns you of spurious modifiers in a holiday token, usually due to an incorrectly formed duration modifier.

The full version number of QuarkXPress or InDesign used in diary generation is now being logged.

The list of saras now displays the index of each sara in the currently displayed sara set. This is useful, particularly when dealing with very large sara sets, when addressing messages such as messages 110016 and 181805 which refer to a specific sara index.

Fixed

Since February 2020, default international and diary grid preferences would not be applied to newly created script lines, once a script was saved once (Brunnen, 30-mar-2021).

Some minor attributes would not be copied when copying a script from within the Scripts Explorer (Alpha Edition, 17-mar-2021).

 

February 28, 2021  (build 22529)

New

Q++Studio supports the latest version of QuarkXPress 2020 (version 16.3).

Q++Studio supports the latest version of QuarkXPress 2019 (version 15.2.5).

The XV4 version of Q++Studio supports the latest version of InDesign 2021 (version 16.1).

Improved

Added a popup menu to the xml script viewer and the xml scripts editor, to conveniently copy any of the identifiers of the current node, to the search bar, to find all similar script lines, or script line properties or even options of a specific value, and then easily access any of them.

Added the design-time message 185250 to warn you if if the saras property associated with a diary grid line or the book format script line refers to a saraset which has been deleted.

Fixed

Fixed a bug whereby some of the scanning messages of QuarkXPress Pages and InDesignPages would not be issued, if the only difference between the date-time of the last scan, and the date-time of the current file on disk, was due to an hour summer versus winter time difference (23-feb-2021).

Fixed some UI glitches whereby some of the spin value controls of the macros resulting text style actions and SARAs were displaying as active, even when deactivated (02-feb-2021).

 

January 31, 2021  (build 22478)

New

Added a new native formatting method of displaying 23/30 and 24/31 combined dates in minicalendars, which is supported by both QuarkXPress and InDesign.

The Q++Studio desktop documentation has been migrated from the legacy CHM format (last updated by Microsoft in 1998) to the eWriter format, a single-file embedded version of the WebHelp format with its full table of contents and user interface.

Improved

The Log Viewer now remains active even when another modal dialog is being displayed (for example, during diary generation, it is now possible to refresh the log as displayed in the Log Viewer).

The new message 185185 now informs you if there is a problem with the zip file containing the related QuarkXPress, InDesign and PDF files, and places that zip file in a folder for you to open manually at the end of script importation.

The new message 185180 now alerts you if the file selected during script importation is not a proper exported migration file.

The database of worldwide public holidays that is included in Q++Studio has been extended to cover the following Indian States and Union Territories: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, and Tripura. The database of worldwide public holidays that is included in Q++Studio now covers all 28 States and 8 Union Territories of India.

Fixed

The color macros would be ignored when used as part of the display settings for minicalendar week numbers,minicalendar weekdays, or minicalendar week bands (Lecas, 26-jan-2021).

The Clear All Settings response option to message 175365 would only partially clear settings, and these settings would only be fully cleared when the script was saved (JMata, 26-jan-2021).

The script exportation results log would be blank if script exportation was performed more than once in a session (20-jan-2021).

Fixed a bug in the enumeration of installed fonts for screen fonts that were accessible by InDesign, but not by QuarkXPress (13-jan-2021).

If QuarkXPress or InDesign was open before Q++Studio was launched, then the rescan current template button and menu would be de-activated until you tried to generate for the first time (JMata, 11-jan-2021).

Fixed a bug in the calculation of recurring holidays based on the Bhutanese, Burmese, Mongolian and Tibetan lunar calendars, which would begin at the very end of December, and last for many days, into January. Concretely, this only applied to some of the public holidays of the Indian state of Sikkim (Tesla, 01-jan-2021).

 

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See also: release notes 1999-2020.

 


Topic 151700, last updated on 20-Sep-2021