Xtags lets you create and fill anchored text and graphics boxes (boxes pasted into the text flow) in-line with the tagged text, letting you control all properties of the anchored boxes using appropriate tag parameters. You can fill a text box with text (tagged or untagged), and can fill a graphics box with a picture of any type supported by Xpress. There are many different options for fitting graphics inside of frames as well.
Xtags supports unanchored text and picture box tags, letting you create and fill boxes at a location on the page where (1) an anchored box would have been placed, (2) at an absolute position, (3) at a position relative to another box, or (4) on the pasteboard. These unanchored boxes can span columns and can be moved freely once imported.
Xtags can automatically size an anchored or unanchored text or picture box to fit its contents horizontally or vertically, as well as size a picture to its containing box, and various combinations of auto-sizing such as fitting the picture to the box horizontally, then fitting the box to the resulting picture vertically.
Xtags provides "apply master spread" and "apply master page" tags that choose the master spread or page to be applied to the text at the point of invocation. With this facility, you can build fairly complex documents with input-driven per-spread or per-page layout.
Xtags supports relative values (e.g., increase point size by 20%), can report errors as it is encountered, lets you run translation tables on text as you import it, and is much more forgiving than XPress Tags about the base language.
Xtags for MacOS is fully AppleScriptable for both input and output, including all options. It can even input from and output to strings in your scripts, to avoid temporary file creation.
Xtags has been enthusiastically received worldwide at over a thousand installations since mid-1992 in demanding, high-volume book, newspaper, and data publishing applications.
What's new in this version:
This latest beta includes a new "poor man's table row" facility, a new facility for positioning unanchored boxes relative to anchored boxes, and also includes an important fix for the master page application tags.