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QuarkXPress 7 ships, not Universal yet

updated 08:50 am EDT, Tue May 23, 2006

Quark ships QuarkXPress 7

Quark today announced the release of QuarkXPress 7, the newest upgrade to its flagship product for publishing. Debuting worldwide, it offers features that promote better design, faster production, and more efficient collaboration. Although the company had begun testing a native version for Intel Macs earlier this year, the current shipping version runs under the Rosetta emulations environment--with a Universal Binary patch expected later this year. "This powerful upgrade combines new and enhanced design features with multi-channel publishing, collaboration, and job-driven workflow capabilities to deliver simply faster creative development for print and Web publishing. Through Composition Zones, Job Jackets, transparency, OpenType, Unicode, and many other new features, QuarkXPress 7 makes it easier for creative professionals to work together, optimize design, and minimize production errors. QuarkXPress 7 enables efficient and consistent desktop design, collaboration, and production." The full version is $750. [updated: Intel-native Universal Binaries are expected later this year and pricing added]




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  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Well, that was fast!

    I would not be surprised if AAPL jumped 10% on this news. As with the last transition (OS9 to OSX), it wasn't until Quark moved to OS X that people started migrating in large numbers. It is funny, though, how it took almost ten years for Quark to move from v4.x to 5; then it took about 3 from 5 through 7. Nothing like some healthy competition to light the fire under your heels.

    All we need now is an Intel PowerMac (Mac Pro?), and perhaps, Adobe to finish their Photoshop/Illustrator combination. This bit of news from Quark might push them a bit to deliver sooner.

  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    meaningless

    Quark is useless without Illustrator and Photoshop, and when Adobe updates them they'll update InDesign at the same time.

    Sorry Quark, but rushing a UB out the door ain't gonna win you any customers this time around.

  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    update: no UB

    ...so even more meaningless!

  1. mGee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Still...

    ... they don't have one screenshot of what 7 looks like. How the h*** do they expect to win people over if they can't even display what's so knew about the product.

    As for the above comment about Quark driving the switch to osx. You're right, but that was a different time and 2 versions of indesign ago. Fortunately, lots of design and production houses have made the jump from quark. Still a minority, but a growing minority none-the-less. Quark isn't as powerful a player as they were just 4 years ago. Quark has been steadily helping to fuel the loss of faith in their product.

  1. chas_m

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    Quark

    The know-nothing kiddies love to kick Quark when it's down, and I'll be the first to admit that InDesign is a great product that has a growing role in my design kit. That said -- Quark is still a GREAT product for most print work, literally hundreds of thousands of designers are WAY more efficient on it from years of practice, and the company has turned around it's abysmal cust-serv record (now it's just merely "bad").

    If Quark eventually becomes the minority player to ID, how is that any skin off your nose? Won't Quark's continued presence inspire ADOBE to keep making ID better? Would driving Quark out of business REALLY make things better? Wouldn't Adobe then just become the next Microsoft (IMHO they are halfway there already!).

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quark sucks!

    Compared to InDesign, Quark sucks!! I used it for over 15 years, and it was the greatest thing out there, now it's become the PageMaker.

  1. fluk3

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Die Quark, Die

    Prepress veteran and designer here from way back - and always on the bleeding edge.

    But this is one product I have zero interest in. Years of frustration with Xpress have made me jaded and bitter. Nothing can make up for the poor quality, poor track record, poor customer support and poor attitude of that company.

    Burn in h*** Quark. You won't get my money or my endoresement.

    I'm expecting major problems with this "new" feature set. Anyone who defended Quark's lack of transparency won't have a leg to stand on now.



  1. mGee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's not...

    ... the "The know-nothing kiddies" who are complaining about Quark. It's the veterans, who truly know from hands-on experience with the lackluster product, that this product is on its way out.

    Yes, putting this company out of business would help the industry. Finally the industry would be forced to move away from the "quark standard" and catch up with the times by defining a new standard.

    We are just so tired of the non-standard keyboard shortcuts, the non-standard interface, the never-ending bugs.

    The fact that there are no screenshots for 7, shows that they still have not put any effort into upgrading the interface, otherwise that's all they'd be displaying on their site. Quark 7 is the last straw. Their slide will continue at a much faster rate now.

  1. addisonx

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Why screenshots?

    Who needs screenshots when they have had a public beta available for months?

  1. mGee

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Because...

    ...I'm not wasting my time downloading anything without screenshots. No matter what it is. It's not difficult to provide screenshots. Stop making excuses for Quark.

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