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PrePress AutoTools  

Version History

This page is a history of the changes that have been made to PrePress AutoTools since version 1.1 was released on May 11, 1998.

Version 1.2
Version 1.1

Changes in Version 1.2

This version includes many, many bug fixes, and a number of new features. The most important change in this version is the improved stability and compatibility.

  • Balloon Help!
    Balloon help was added to the main Tasks window, and to the Print Setup window.
  • PreFab Player: RAM
    PreFab Player's RAM allocation has been increased, to prevent the "Out of Memory" errors that some users reported. Fixed!
  • Alias Processing
    AutoTools now handles and processes aliases exactly like it does all other files. Previously, aliases were filtered out of the batch processing queue.
  • Problems with Fronteir 5.0.1
    A change in Frontier 5.0.2's compiler had made AutoTools incompatible with Frontier 5.0.1. Fixed!
  • "Invalid Item Specification"
    An error could be generated, simply by opening the Preferences or Print Setup windows in AutoTools. This was caused by conflicting extensions: any system that contains both the "FaceSpan Extension" and the "FaceSpan Extension 2.1" should remove the file "FaceSpan Extension 2.1" from the Extensions folder.

    Please note: the AutoTools installer will remove the conflicting extension, and it is very important that you run the installer with all extensions off.

  • Popup-Menu Selections and Preferences
    The method used to select popup menus, during batch printing, has been dramatically improved. The result is MUCH faster and more dependable printing.

    Also, a new preference was added (available in the General Preferences panel of the Preferences window), to fine-tune the speed of menu selection for your specific computer.

  • Printing Errors
    AutoTools now does a better job of handling Quark's printing error messages, such as "Images have been modified." and "Images may contains binary data.".
  • Watched Folder bug fixes
    All known bugs, in AutoTools' "Watched Folder" windows and functions, have been completely eliminated.

    Turning off all of the tasks, in the Watched Folder window, automatically deactivates the "Hot Folder".

  • Reports
    All errors that occurred when generating a report, at the end of a batch - processing cycle, have been eliminated. Fixed!

    Also, the user is no longe required to enter his/her initials for the report.

    Finally, if a Quark document fails to print for some reason, an error message is placed in the report, easing diagnostics.

  • Logging
    More activities in AutoTools are now logged, either to a Frontier outline, or to a text file. Also, it is now virtually impossible for "logging" to generate an error. Finally, if logging is deactivated, then log messages are sent to Frontier's message window.
  • Batch Printing Errors
    All known bugs in the Printing task have been eliminated, including those related to: scaling, page orientation, and font inclusion in PostScript files. Fixed!
  • Appearance Manager - Not Required
    Apple's Appearance Manager extensions are no longer required at all.
  • Paper Width (Optional Feature)
    The Print Setup window in AutoTools now allows you to specify an additional value for Paper Width. That is, the value you enter is automatically added to the width of the document, and that new value is entered as the Paper Width in Quark's page setup window.
  • Saving QuarkXPress documents
    If the only batch processing task being run is Printing, then Quark documents are not saved when they are done being processed.
  • Non-QuarkXPress files
    QuarkXPress is no longer instructed to open non-QuarkXPress files, ever. Fixed!
  • Launcher - Removed
    AutoTools no longer includes the AutoTools Launcher. The only purpose of this applet was to launch Frontier before AutoTools, but it tended to generate questions and confusion more often than it would prevent them.
  • Images Task
    When the Images task is running, AutoTools now takes a few extra steps to try to update all of the images in the QuarkXPress documents (if necessary).

    Suppressed images are now ignored, when AutoTools checks the document for missing images (in order to determine if the document is fit to print). Fixed!

  • Progress Window
    A progress bar is now available, with a standard progress bar, to show how far the batch processing has progressed. The Cancel button in this window kills the current batch process immediately.
  • PS Printer 8.2.1
    Support for Adobe's PS Printer 8.2.1 was improved, with a new driver (internal to AutoTools).
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Version 1.1

Check out all the new features that were added in AutoTools 1.1 !
  • Watched Folder support (hot folders)
    Any QuarkXPress files (or aliases) which are dropped into a user-specified folder will automatically be run with the tasks specified for that 'watched folder'. The first version will only allow ONE watched folder, but eventually multiple folders will be supported.

  • Filter Manager
    A new panel in the preferences window makes it easy to add, remove, enable and disable the filter scripts in AutoTools.

  • New Installer
    The installer has been completely rewritten, it now has the familiar "look and feel" of many other standard graphicalsoftware installers.

  • Quark 4 Compatible
    Everything that can be done with AutoTools and QuarkXPress 3 can now be done with Quark 4. Everything!

  • Paper Size
    AutoTools now allows you to preset the paper size, for batch printing

  • Persistent Print Setup
    The Print Setup window now opens preset with the settings from the last printing. In effect, this makes the Print Setup window its own preferences window!

  • Support Renamed Printer Drivers
    Previous versions of PrePress AutoTools did not work correctly if you renamed your printer driver (e.g. renaming your LaserWriter extension LW 8.4.3). This has now been fixed, you can name your drivers anything!

  • New Printer Drivers
    Here's the complete list of the supported drivers:
    LaserWriter 8 versions:
    • 8.1.1
    • 8.3.2
    • 8.3.4
    • 8.4.1
    • 8.4.2
    • 8.4.3
    • 8.5.1 -- most recent version
    LaserWriter 7.1.2
    AdobePS 8.5.1
    Adobe PS Printer versions 8.2.1 and 8.3.1


  • New Fitler Support: Print Filters
    Support for a fourth filter script, which acts on the PostScript file after it has been written to disk. This makes it easy to do custom file naming (renaming), or to send the PostScript file to Acrobat Distiller for making a PDF file, or anything else that you do with a PostScript file after it's been created.

  • Persistent Print Setup
    The Print Setup window will always open up with the settings from the most recent print job. Time Saver!

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