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Quark alters licensing, eases upgrades

updated 01:35 pm EST, Tue November 7, 2006

Quark alters licensing

Quark has altered its licensing for QuarkXPress, allowing users to run previous versions of the publishing software on the same computer with QuarkXPress 7. The licensing change enables customers who are planning to upgrade to QuarkXPress 7 to do so while testing their workflows at a pace that meets their unique needs while using previous versions of the software to support production and client requirements. "Quite simply, this is in response to customer feedback and is another example of how Quark has fundamentally changed its approach to doing business in the last two years," said Richard Pasewark, Quark senior vice president of sales and marketing in the Americas. "Customers are thrilled with QuarkXPress 7 and based on user feedback this policy change will help streamline and fast-track the upgrade plans for many customers."

The company also announced 'rave' reviews of Quark Interactive Designer, its new software enabling creative professionals to create rich, interactive content using QuarkXPress 7. The application allows designers to easily design Macromedia Flash layouts for the Web, without the need to know complicated code. Users simply design for multiple channels inside QuarkXPress using the Flash creation application with built-in collaboration features.




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  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Meh

    Too little, too late. Die, Quark. Die.

  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Spin spin spin!

    "Quite simply, this is in response to customer feedback and is another example of how Quark has fundamentally changed its approach to doing business in the last two years,"

    More like, "We can't just tell pissed-off customers 'That's the way it is and if you don't like it, tough!', because now they can tell us 'F--- you, we're switching to InDesign!'"

    ~Philly

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Activation

    They still don't get it - we had to call them 3 times to get a copy of quark activated after re-installing it on a machine we upgraded with a new hard drive. I then convinced management to start the switch to Indesign.

  1. l008com

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    indesign

    Every customer I know is either switching to indesign, or will be switching to indesign at the next upgrade cycle. Adobe would sell so many more copies of indesign if they included a free quark converter. And of course the better the converter, the more people would flock to indesign.

  1. Macrat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    quark converter

    Adobe does include a Quark file converter, it converts v.3 and v.4 documents. Quark v.5 and up files are encrypted so no solution for those yet.

  1. DaFrigN

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    All c*** since Quark 4

    I thiink they've both lost their way. We still use Xpess 4 mostly, because it's fast (but buggy) running in Classic. We use Quark 6 & 5 to downgrade files! Quark 6 & 5 and InDesign CS 1 & 2 are slow as molasass even on a G5 with gigs of ram! I can work faster on a 6100 with Xpress 4! It even runs good on my MacPlus!!! Quark 4 embeds it's liscence into itself once registereed while, Quark 6.5 won't run on my login to my work machine 'says it's improperly installed' I have to use the house MacOSX account that it was installed under to run it! InDesign is musch better in this department. But I'll still take Xpress 4 over anything since!

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quark's on-hold "music"

    Quark is soooooooo bad. One time they put me on hold and the hold "music" was a soundtrack of a grinding saw and gravely noise.

    They can just rot in h***. I'd say they will shut the door in less than a year.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Comma

    Headline has comma in wrong place. Part and parcel of the new, more intelligent MaCNN...

  1. pottymouth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    stuff and things

    macrat: google Q2ID

    dafrign: you may be having hardware issues. Our office has been ID for a couple years now and it's always been faster than any version of Quark, even on our ol' G4 dual boot machines. At first, ID slowed me down just because it was different, but now I could never go back. Keep at it.

  1. que_ball

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    QLA

    We have a volume QLA license for Quark. For anyone who doesn't know, that is a server that you run which keeps track of how many copies of QuarkXpress you are running so you don't exceed the limit. Overall apart from the fact that the earlier versions of the QLA service kind of sucked it's worked pretty well.

    When we wanted to upgrade to 7 they made us purchase a service agreement so that we could run our old versions and the new version with the same serial number. Basically they just generate the new license so that the super duper long activation code translates into the same numeric serial number.

    I never did understand why they were insisting that for upgrades your old license expires immediatly after you upgrade to the new version. The Adobe license is very clear on their rights to use old versions. You can use the old and the new version on the same computer but you cannot split the old version to another computer and it is considered that the old license is part of the new license when you buy an upgrade (if you wanted to sell your new version you would have to hand over all the old versions you upgraded from back to an original full copy)

    The only reasonable reason I could ever get from Quark to deactivate the old versions was for volume license customers where you are allowed to use your copies concurrently (install on as many machines as you want but can only run the number of copies you own at the same time) I like the concurrent model. Just because I can install Quark on a few peoples machines where I would never buy a full version just for them to use but they can occasionally jump in there to check out a file.

    I'm kind of dreading the new license server for volume licenses on Adobe CS3 that Adobe is rolling out. Sounds more like a distributed product activation scheme than a real license manager. I haven't seen it yet but the documentation I have seen only talks about distributing licenses to machines, not recovering licenses back from machines.

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