Structured, XML based article export from QPS to digital output channles like iPhone, iPad, ePaper, eReader, archives and PMG (Press Monitor)

The XTension exports all QPS articles of a QuarkXPress layout into a specific structured XML-file. All linked pictures and graphics in an article - as well as page previews and PDFs - will be collected in the target folder and linked in the XML-file.

With the companion ex AutoStructure XTension you can visualize the results prior to the export and correct your tagging and corresponding links.

The exported content can be used directly or transformed into other formats / channels - according to your needs.

This XTension is part of the exportsolution "Print2iPad" for the automated and structured export of your printcontent to digital output channels like iPad, etc.


The preferences contain details like export the folder for all files (XML, pictures, graphics, previews and PDFs) and mappings for QPS attributes like publication, section, issue no, year and author).

Pictures and graphics can be downloaded from an asset management system (customer specific adaption) in hires RGB format - cropped identical to the print layout. This guarantees high quality output for all digital editions, because there is no need to convert the CMYK format from print edition.

Graphics in EPS format (e.g. Adobe Illustrator) will be converted on-the-fly to PDF and/or hires JPG.

The mapping of paragraph style sheets (and optional character style sheets) or components can be set per publication.

You can set also additional format tags

Beside the textual content, the XTension export the following files:

  • Article PDF (WYSIWIG page(s) without ads)
  • Page-PDF (all pages of the layout - incl. ad pages)
  • Page previews in hires JPG (specific width)

These data will be collected from the production system or generated on-the-fly within QuarkXPress.

The export works for the frontmost document as an additional step after releasing the page(s) for the press or for the complete issue after deadline in one go. In both cases, the XML file contains the complete issue in proper order.

The export file contains content as well as meta data and can be used for all workflows.

Beside the PMG format it supports other standards like EPub or custom specific XML structures (see more details at ex XML-Exporter).


To ensure a safe file transfer, the complete export folder will be automatically zipped and uploaded via FTP to the target system. During this operation, the XML file name as well as the containing folder name is getting a time stamp. This enables repeating exports for possible updates.

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