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When you select a Template in the Templates Explorer, Q++Studio displays information about it as a Template, and the GridTemplate from which it originated, in the Template Information Panel which occupies the bottom half of the screen.

         

 

Template Information

 

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At the top-left of the Template Information section, is the Template Information Toolbar containing 3 buttons.

Regenerate can be used to regenerate the GridTemplate, as a QuarkXPress file, from the database. This is useful if the original GridTemplate was deleted or damaged.

View opens the current GridTemplate in QuarkXPress.

Used in script: lists all the scripts that use the selected template.

 

Below these buttons, you will find information about the creation and last modification dates of both the selected GridTemplate and Template, and on the right, is the full path of the underlying QuarkXPress file, its version number, and the version of QuarkXPress used to last scan it.

 

Template Colors

 

At the bottom-left of the Templates Explorer is a list of all the colors defined in the current GridTemplate (the default Quark system colors, those which cannot be deleted, are identified by a grey background).

 

Right-click on this grid to copy the list of colors and values to the clipboard.

Click on any of the column headers to sort the color list accordingly.

The numerical value to the right of each color name corresponds to the RGB value associated with each color and is the one that must be used if you want to change colors in a macro as part of the macro resulting actions.

 

Important: we do not recommend using a color's RGB value, as this can change from one workstation to the next, based on the QuarkXPress preferences of that workstation. To change text color in a macro, we recommend using the function FormatText and using the COLOR() text attribute with the name of the color.

 

Page Previews and Contents

 

The first tab on the bottom-right of the templates explorer displays thumbnail pictures of each page of the scanned template. When you change preview page, the list of all the textboxes in that page gets updated. Similarly, when you select one of the textboxes in the list, a textual preview of the textbox contents appears in the rightmost part of the information panel.

 

Fonts

 

The second tab on the bottom-right of the templates explorer displays the list of fonts used in the QuarkXPress file corresponding to the currently selected template.

 

The main possible values for the STATUS column are:

 

STATUS_OK_USED: the font is used in the selected QuarkXPress document and is installed on the current workstation.

MISSING_USED: the font is used in the selected QuarkXPress document but it is not installed on the current workstation. This status would correspond to the scanning warning 182810.

 

The additional status codes STATUS_OK_NOT_USED and MISSING_NOT_USED refer to fonts that are defined in the current QuarkXPress document, but which are not actually used. Usually this status comes from style sheets that are defined, but not used in the current QuarkXPress document, but which nonetheless refer to that font.

 

We always recommend deleting any and all style sheets that are not used in a QuarkXPress document.

 

Images

 

The third tab on the bottom-right of the templates explorer displays the list of images used in the QuarkXPress file corresponding to the currently selected template.

 

The main possible values for the STATUS column are:

 

STAT_OK: this is the perfect case; the image is located where QuarkXPress expects it to be, and that image has not been modified since it was last updated in the QuarkXPress document.

STAT_MISSING: the image cannot be found where QuarkXPress expects it to be. This status would correspond to the scanning warning 182095.

STAT_MODIFY: the image is located where QuarkXPress expects it to be, but that image has been modified since it was last updated in the QuarkXPress document. This would correspond to the scanning warning 182100.

 

There are also additional status codes which are much more infrequent, and whose meaning is obvious from their name; STAT_INUSE, STAT_NOACCESS, STAT_CANTOPEN, STAT_WRONGTYPE, STAT_EMBEDDED, STAT_XTMISSING, and would correspond to the scanning warning 182105.

 

Style Sheets

 

The fourth tab on the bottom-right of the templates explorer displays the list of style sheets defined in the QuarkXPress file corresponding to the currently selected template. We always recommend deleting any and all style sheets that are not used in a QuarkXPress document.

 

Dashes and Stripes

 

The fifth tab on the bottom-right of the templates explorer displays the list of dashes and stripes defined in the QuarkXPress file corresponding to the currently selected template.

 

Additional Template Properties

 

To edit the properties of a template, select it in the templates explorer, and click on the Properties button.