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This documentation is based on the XV4 64-bit Build 21567 of 04-apr-2020 of 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.


April 4, 2020  (build 21567)


Implemented the paragraph attributes Drop Caps, Keep Lines Together, Keep with Next Paragraph, Lock to Grid, Rule Above and Rule Below, used as the result of Macros and Saras.


When opening an old script, not opened since 2012, an error would occur due to the presence of the old pre- and post-processing scriptlines from before the XE2 version of Q++Studio (3-apr-2020).


March 31, 2020  (build 21560)


The fonts usage report now includes references to various fonts inside a script, such as in the results of a macro or the font used for Moon phases or xpress tags used in minicalendars or used in a macro or a sara (for scripts that have been saved as XML).

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.2.1, released on March 3 (QuarkXPress 2019 Known and Resolved Issues).


Improved the workaround instructions to manually install Q++Studio updates. Additionally, the updater, when used with a manual update, now displays the actual build number of the update being installed, and prevents you from accidentally installing an older build.


Fixed some UI glitches in the selection of QuarkXPress files, and the processing of QuarkXPress messages, when using stand-alone saras (JMata, 3-mar-2020).


February 29, 2020  (build 21484)


Converted some of the larger screenshots to image toggles in both the Windows Help and the online Web Help. Clicking on any of these smaller image toggles then brings up the related image at 100% of its size, so that all its details may better be seen.

Added MAPI as a method to send technical support emails using your own email client.


Updated and expanded the header menu links located at the top-right of the webhelp version of the Q++Studio documentation.

Added workaround instructions to manually install Q++Studio updates, if these updates are being blocked by your firewall and/or network settings.


The extracted PDF pages during diary generation would be treated as temporary files and cleared away before each new diary generation. These extracted PDF pages are now named after the script ID, as well as the page number (such as Script_2182_Page_7.pdf, for example) and are now copied into the same folder as the output file, meaning that, despite these PDF files having been moved, they are automatically found by QuarkXPress when the output file is opened. (JMata, 23-feb-2020)

Fixed a bug in the list of compiler settings that would prevent the compilation of macros using the List_GetFullText function (21-feb-2020).

The box keep, box modify and box delete options of minicalendar dates framing and shading could apply to a neighboring row, if the size of the text was close to that of the leading separating each row (JMata, 16-feb-2020).

The value of the open output file (if no errors) setting was not being saved as part of a script, although it was being saved as part of user preferences (6-feb-2020).

Fixed a problem with the FTP upload of backup files larger than 2 GB in size (5-feb-2020).


January 31, 2020  (build 21344)


Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.2, released on January 31.

Added the option of specifying an offset of more than one page, from the current page, in page number tokens.

Added message 182990 to warn you, when using QuarkXPress 2018 or above, if you need to refresh the list of print-only postscript fonts.

Added message 182985 to warn you, when using QuarkXPress 2018 or above, if the support for postscript font styles has not been initialized.

Added layer override minicalendar modifiers to allow you to specify that some minicalendars should use a different layer number than the one specified in the text framing and shading minicalendar options dialog.

Added a message to warn you if the font used for Moon phases symbols is not available.

Added an installed fonts viewer which also shows which fonts require QuarkXPress 2018 and above.

The new advanced font list is now replacing the font list combobox all the dialogs where a font is specified to be used in QuarkXPress, namely the text formatting dialog used in the minicalendar options dialog, the grid options dialog, and the time formatting editor, the moon and sun options dialog, the macros options dialog, and the saras editor.


Page number tokens were not being displayed in Global Saras (Alpha Edition, 28-jan-2020).

The Alignment and Char Align values of paragraph settings changes used in Saras and Macros would be ignored when generating a diary (JMata, 16-jan-2020).

Fixed an incoherence between the behavior of the user interface controls for paragraph settings changes used in Saras and Macros. These paragraph settings changes would be ignored when generating a diary, if the Style check-box was unchecked (JMata, 16-jan-2020).

Fixed an error in the display of values in points and inches, in the textbox changes user interface controls, used in Saras and Macros (JMata, 15-jan-2020).

Spurious values would be saved as safety minutes if no Muslim prayer time source was specified (11-jan-2020)

The minutes formatting setting of solstices and seasons would not be saved properly (11-jan-2020).



See also: release notes 1999-2019.