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Add a qxp to QuarkXPress files without file extension

Posted: 19 Oct 2017, 09:17
by Matthias Guenther (Quark)
Hi all,

in our Facebook group we had a few people experiencing something that looked like have two files with the exact same filename in the same folder on MacOS.

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What really happened is that they had files from previous versions of QuarkXPress, which did not yet require a file extension. They saved a newer version of the file using a modern version of QuarkXPress, which automatically adds a (hidden) ".qxp" file extension. MacOS nowadays requires file extensions to work properly.

As one file did not have a file extension and the other one was hiding it, it looked like having two files with the EXACT same name in the same folder. Which of course is not possible. Pressing Command+i in Finder on each one revealed the difference.

How can you fix that? There is only one practical way, add a file extension to all of your QuarkXPress files.

MacOS gives you a great way to automate this using Automator. I created a quick workflow:

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BE CAREFUL please, though I tested it intensively, you could mess up some stuff. Have a backup and don't alter the automator action if you don't know what it does.

Just RUN the automator workflow and select the folder with your QXP files. It will also process subfolders.

Enjoy!
Matthias