updated 01:30 pm EDT, Tue October 12, 2004
today announced the forthcoming release of QuarkXPress 6.5, the newest version of the publishing software. Version 6.5 offers new features, increased stability and reliability. It will include QuarkVista, a new XTensions module for image manipulation that extends the capabilities of QuarkXPress to include image editing within the context of the layout as well as support for native Photoshop files, variable data printing, enhancments for large workgroups, guildes on pasteboards on master pages, table enhancements, bleed/OPI settings, and more. In collaboration with Linotype, QuarkXPress 6.5 allows purchase of fonts that are used in a project in addition to a free font bundle valued at $1,000. Version 6.5 will also include a selection of design templates by Stock Layouts. It will be available in the next 30 days as a free upgrade to registered owners.
In addition to standard image adjustments such as color balance, levels, brightness, and contrast, QuarkVista lets users apply a variety of common filters to images used in a QuarkXPress layout. QuarkVista filters are non-destructive, so users can change filter parameters at any time without affecting the source image file. QuarkVista can also optimize images for output by applying transformations such as scale, crop, angle, and skew to the images collected for output, which can dramatically reduce the size of files for output and the time required to RIP for output. Users can also use the software to perform graphic file format and color space conversions, with support for popular image file formats such as EPS, JPEG, and TIFF.
Using QuarkXPress 6.5, users will be able to import native Adobe Photoshop documents (PSD files) into QuarkXPress and edit multi-layer Photoshop images without leaving QuarkXPress. Once imported, image layers can be switched on and off, opacities and blend methods can be modified, channels can be assigned to be spot colors, and clipping paths can be chosen, right in the QuarkXPress environment. Powered by ALAP, PSD Import also eliminates the need to flatten images and save many versions in different file formats.
QuarkXPress 6.5 will include an upgrade to QuarkXClusive, an XTensions module that puts powerful variable data publishing capabilities. QuarkXClusive lets businesses output customized, database-driven documents on HP Indigo digital presses. The new version will add support for PPML-T, allowing it to output to both new and older models of HP Indigo digital presses through HP Production Flow. PPML is an open standard for personalized printing.
Version 6.5 also includes support for Citrix application deployment software, support for guides on pasteboards on master pages, table enhancements such as grouping, and the ability to set bleed and OPI settings in print styles using XTensions software. The PSD Import XTensions module and the updated version of QuarkXClusive will be available for download at no charge shortly after the release of QuarkXPress 6.5.