QX2017 being a single bundle and XTensions

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QX2017 being a single bundle and XTensions

Postby Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 21 Mar 2017, 15:28

Hi all,

as you might have seen, on MacOS QuarkXPress 2017 is being distributed as a single bundle. Meaning, it appears to be just one file (it's not ;-)) So no more files and subfolders in a main QuarkXPress folder.

So how do you create a global preference folder and where do you install XTensions (plug-ins) with QX2017?

a) By default, the Preferences are stored in the user folder. That's where they should be and have been for several versions of QuarkXPress. They reside in a sub folder that is named after the main version, so that they do not clash if you have several versions of QuarkXPress installed.
b) If you create a folder called "Preferences" on the same level as the QX2017 bundle (so e.g. in Application folder), then QuarkXPress will use this folder – and you have created a global Preferences folder.

If you do not like having a Preferences folder in Application folder, just create a subfolder "QuarkXPress 2017" and put the application (bundle) and Preferences folder in there.


QuarkXPress 2017 will load third party XTensions from the following two locations:
a) ~/Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions (so Library in your User folder)
b) /Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions (the main Library folder)

- If the XTension is placed in the main Library path, it will be available to all the users on that Mac.
- If deployed in the user’s library path, the XTension will only be available to that particular user.
- If the same XTension exists in both these locations, then the one in User’s Library location will get the preference.

Same is true for Scripts:
a) ~/Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions/Scripts
b) Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2017/XTensions/Scripts



P.S.: "Single Bundle" is a feature provided by MacOS and therefore not possible on Windows.
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