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QuarkXPress 7.x to 10.x
Composition Zones in QuarkXPress 10 let you divide a layout into components, then send those components out so that multiple people can work on different aspects of the content (such as body text, graphs, sidebars, and photographs) simultaneously.
Imagine a layout artist in charge of the QuarkXPress® project files for a magazine. The layout artist can "draw out" an area for an ad using the Composition Zones tool, then export that Composition Zones item as a separate file and give that file to the ad creator.
The ad creator can then build the ad in that file with QuarkXPress, then return the file to the layout artist. The layout artist simply places the updated file in the proper folder, and the main layout is updated automatically to show the ad. And because the Composition Zones item works just like a QuarkXPress layout, the layout artist can open it and make changes.
You can also use Composition Zones in situations where you have a block of information that needs to be included in multiple layouts. If you build such a block of information as a Composition Zones item, then share it with everyone who needs it, you only need to build it once. Other users can simply drag and drop it into their layouts. And if it needs to be updated, you only need to update it in one place, and it automatically updates everywhere it’s used.
Interactive and Web Layouts (QuarkXPress 7.x, 8.x and 9.x only)
Composition Zones also work with Interactive and Web layouts. For example, you can create an interactive block, then include it in multiple Web layouts. When you export the Web layouts, QuarkXPress automatically turns the interactive block into an SWF (Flash®) file and includes it in the export.
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For more information please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Features/Layout_Automation.aspx#job-jackets