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16.1 Batch Processing

Choosing a Folder to Batch Process

The Batch Process feature allows a folder of QuarkXPress projects to be processed using the same ruleset. Where projects contain more than one layout, each layout will be processed using this same ruleset also.

To Batch Process a folder of documents choose the “Batch Process...” menu item under the menu “Atomik Xport”. This will bring up the Batch Process dialog where you can choose the ruleset to use and the folder to process.

Documents in the Folder to process need to have a .qxp or .qxd file extension in order to be identified as documents to process.

Handy Hint: On the Macintosh platform, the files in the Folder to process may also be Alias files which refer to original documents stored elsewhere.

For each document, an XML file will be created in a subfolder named “XML”, a proofing log will be created in a subfolder named “Proofing Logs” and the document itself will be moved to a subfolder named “Done”. If a document cannot be processed for any reason then it will remain in the Folder to process and not be moved to the “Done” subfolder.

Where a document is a QuarkXPress project containing multiple layouts, then a subfolder with the name of the project will be created in the “XML” and “Proofing Logs” subfolders. Within these project name subfolders, the individual XML file and Proofing Log filenames will be based on the layout names.

Atomik Xport will try to keep all warning boxes and alerts to a minimum during a Batch Processing operation, however some warning boxes are unavoidable, such as when the documents to process have been saved from an earlier version of QuarkXPress.

Extracting web-friendly images during Batch Processing

Web-friendly image extraction is a feature of Atomik Xport which is enabled in the Output tab of the Ruleset Editor, where all images displayed in a QuarkXPress layout are extracted in jpeg format at 72dpi (optimised for online-viewing) and saved to a subfolder of the extraction folder.

Extraction of web-friendly images is entirely compatible with the Batch Processing feature of Atomik Xport, which ensures:

• Images are given a unique name.

• If the required image folder does not exist, it is automatically generated.

• The imgName and imgPath attributes of each Image element will be updated to match the generated web-friendly image. The imgPath attribute will contain a relative path, which ensures that image links stay valid provided the images folder is moved along with the XML file.