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Canto, Pantone support QuarkXpress 7

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Tue May 23, 2006

Canto, Pantone for Quark 7

Coinciding with the launch of QuarkXpress 7, Quark and Canto have announced a strategic alliance to tightly integrate QuarkXPress 7 with Canto's Cumulus digital-asset management (DAM) system, while Pantone announced updated color reproduction solutions for the industry-standard desktop publishing solution. In addition, Canto has announced two new products that provide integrated support for QuarkXPress 7 and Quark Dynamic Document Server (QuarkDDS) in the Canto Cumulus product line. By leveraging Canto's DAM tools within two of the unique, new features in QuarkXPress 7 - Composition Zones and Job Jackets technology - the companies said QuarkXPress users can manage assets and produce projects more efficiently while avoiding costly errors.

The integration between Canto and QuarkXPress allows significant improvements in time-to-market by providing QuarkXPress users with direct access to the Cumulus system so that they can exchange, store, and retrieve assets such as QuarkXPress projects, Job Jackets, text, and picture elements, the companies said. Canto also plans to integrate Cumulus with QuarkDDS - a core technology for creating customized, creative communications for multi-channel delivery to print, e-mail, and the Web.

"Page layout design and digital-asset management tools need to be used in conjunction in order to work efficiently," said Jennifer Neumann, CEO of Canto. "We recognized that QuarkXPress 7 has two unique and key conceptual features with Quark Job Jackets and Composition Zones that are vital for our customers. By working together with Quark, we are providing customers with powerful publishing tools that yield optimal results."

Pantone, Quark extend pantone color

Pantone has announced updated PANTONE color solutions for the accurate reproduction of color: QuarkXPress 7 offers an extensive set of new features, including the new PANTONE color bridge coated libraries for both North American and European standards. According to the company, the colors available in these libraries provide the closest CMYK simulations for solid PANTONE colors when printed on coated paper. QuarkXPress 7 also contains a comprehensive library of PANTONE Color Systems, including PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM Colors for printing on coated, uncoated and matte papers, PANTONE Pastels and Metallics, PANTONE 4-color process coated and uncoated, as well as support for Hexachrome color separations and a special set of solid PANTONE Colors represented in Hexachrome.

"QuarkXPress 7 is advancing the world of creativity beyond boundaries with significant workflow advancements and completely integrated color management," said Jürgen Kurz, senior vice president of desktop products at Quark. "The inclusion of PANTONE color libraries -- and most important, the new PANTONE color bridge library -- lets designers confidently specify colors and trust that their color choices will reproduce as expected."

The PANTONE color bridge guide displays 1,089 PANTONE Colors in fan guide format on coated stock next to their closest four-color process match. The CMYK screen tint percentages are provided for each process color, and RGB and HTML values are included for the solid colors.

The PANTONE color bridge guide is available for $120.

by MacNN Staff



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