QuarkXPress 8: Creating a custom color scheme (Easter Egg)

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QuarkXPress 8: Creating a custom color scheme (Easter Egg)

Postby Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 08 Aug 2008, 00:33

Hi, all:

Though I am far away from the impressive post counts of migman, Linda, Erik, Michel, Greg and others (again, thank you all for your support and dedication!), I thought I post something special for my 600th post:

[b]Revealing an Easter Egg for QuarkXPress 8

[b]Disclaimer
Easter Eggs are non-documented features, which are also not officially supported, so please do not call tech support about this. Also, using this Easter Egg might have undesired side effects, therefore by using this you agree to use it at your own risk! Furthermore there is no guarantee that it will still work in future versions or updates.

[b]Warning
Though it is unlikely that you will damage your system, application or data, you can actually make QuarkXPress unusable, e.g. black labels on black background. However it is easy to reset to the default color scheme by the steps provided below.

[b]Limitations
Some parts of the palettes might not change, as they come from the Operating System and therefore cannot by changed by this file. Especially when also modifying the color scheme of the dialogs of QuarkXPress this is noticeable. Refer to the documentation of your operating system how to possibly change this too.
Also, the file does not alter the icons of the application and not every aspect of the UI can be set.

Enough said, heres how:

[b]Custom Color Scheme
By creating a text file and using XML tags it is possible to change the color scheme of QuarkXPress 8 (release version). If you just want to try it, it will also work with the 60-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress.

All you need to do is:
1. Stop QuarkXPress 8.
2. Create a text file called XPressTheme.xml. Best download and modify the one provided here.
3. Use the XML formatting and tags that can be found in the example. make sure you do not break the XML.
4. Put the file XPressTheme.xml into the preference folder (where the preference folder is can be found [url=/p/19198/76711.aspx#76711]here[/url]).
5. Restart QuarkXPress 8.

This works under Mac OS X as well as under Windows.

The XML tags should be self-explanatory. If not, please change the values e.g. to 0/0/0, restart XPress and observe the changes.

[b]Example
See below.

[b]Reset
Resetting QuarkXPress 8 to its default color scheme is easy:
1. Delete the file XPressTheme.xml from your preference folder.
2. Restart QuarkXPress.

[b]Competition
As I am personally looking for some nice and interesting color schemes, which I can use for demos or as examples, I would like to call a competition:
Please post your nicest or most creative color scheme here, either as a link or as text in your post and ideally also with screenshot. Give it a name, so it is easily referenced (such as Nightwatch Scheme).
By posting it here you agree that I can do whatever I like with your color you created.

The best two (and I am the jury ;-) will get an iTunes Gift Voucher from me personally, worth $25 and $15. Of course you are allowed to influence my vote (by emotionally cheering for the candidates).

This Matthias Color Competition ends Aug 31, 2008.

[b]Example: Nightwatch
Config:

Click here.

Screenshot:
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Postby davewalsh » 08 Aug 2008, 01:56

Either I am doing something wrong or I can find the example XML file but, it crashed on start up with an error pointing towards 'theme'. Is there an 'easier' way to explain this? I only want a subtler grey as opposed to a bluey grey!!!!Thanks
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Postby Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 08 Aug 2008, 02:03

Hi, Dave,
I tried this on three machines (two Macs and one Win) and it worked for me like a charme.

Ok, as I am not sure what happens at your end, two questions:
1. Using my XML file and copying it into the preferences folder, does that work for you or do you crash already here? If you crash, what Edition of QuarkXPress are you using? UK & Ireland? On Leopard?
2. Assuming that you probably crashed after modifying it: Did you leave the filename intact and alsothe structure as XML file (not using some funny editor that adds line breaks within the file)? I used TextWrangler.
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Postby davewalsh » 08 Aug 2008, 02:10

Hi Matthias,It's working!!!! I didn't download your xml file - durh!!!!!Thanks, again - especially for getting back so prompt. I'll have a play after I've caught up! :-)Have a good weekend,dave
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Postby s.caaty » 08 Aug 2008, 03:52

I don't like it (the nightwatch theme). It looks too much like Lightroom or Aparture. Or can I play videos inside Quark now? ;-)

So, please, can you create a "classic" theme?
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Postby Scripting_Ace » 08 Aug 2008, 04:57

Well, here my first attempt!
Guess I will have to create an iTunes account![:D]
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And here is the XML specifications:


















Would be nice to know the possible values for RoundingStyle and gradientType and their related effect.
Enjoy!
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Postby davewalsh » 10 Aug 2008, 01:43

My eyes!!!! My eyes!!!!
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Postby Scripting_Ace » 10 Aug 2008, 08:52

davewalsh wrote:My eyes!!!! My eyes!!!!

Magnificient isn't it?[;)]
Where is yours?
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Postby davewalsh » 10 Aug 2008, 12:16

Well, if I can figure out how to upload a jpeg I'll show you but it's not far off this guys' (bottom of the page):http://forums.quark.com/t/19272.aspx?PageIndex=2
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Postby davewalsh » 10 Aug 2008, 20:58

Scripting_Ace wrote:Where is yours?
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