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Chapter 7. Copy Flow > Exporting Text

Exporting Text

After you go through all the trouble of bringing copy into QuarkXPress and formatting it, then why would you want to export it? Aside from administrative reasons (backups, use in a database, archiving the text, and so on), there are three major situations in which exporting text can be important.

  • If you have a lot of text in a story and XPress feels sluggish when you work with it, you might want to consider exporting your text to a word processor, editing it there, and then re-importing it back into QuarkXPress. In general, though, it's usually better to keep the text in QuarkXPress if you can, or else you may lose some of your formatting.

  • You also might want to export text if you work in a busy workgroup-publishing environment. You may find it absolutely necessary to pull text out of QuarkXPress so that editors can work on it while you continue to refine a newsletter's or magazine's layout.

  • The best reason to export text, however, is if you want to do something that can't be done easily (or at all) from within XPress. I'll give some examples of this when I discuss XPress Tags, later on in this chapter.


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