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QuarkXPress 7.31 adds Leopard support

updated 10:10 am EST, Wed November 21, 2007

QuarkXPress 7.31 released

Quark has released v7.31 of QuarkXPress, its widespread publishing program. Although technically an incremental update, the new version is notable for adding Leopard support, specifically by means of testing and optimizations. Other improvements are also included however, mainly changes to spell-checking; users can now find and correct duplicate words or spacing after punctuation, as well as ignore file and Internet addresses, or words with numbers attached.

The Passport 7.31 updater introduces spell-checking and hyphenation for the Bokmål and Nynorsk variants of Norwegian, and corrects capitalization errors in several variants of German. Bugs fixed by v7.31 as a whole include problems with text reflow, the import and export of files using CS3 PDFs, and the output of hairline rules on non-PostScript devices.

Several known issues remain in the program, particularly a Mac-only glitch that causes Epson Stylus printers to revert to a custom paper size when attempting to print a layout twice using one of the stock paper formats. The download is 318MB and requires a base of QuarkXPress 7.01 or higher.

by MacNN Staff





  1. sputschic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Isn't that what they used to use before lead type?

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I use it

    Anyone who downplays Quark XPress is probably new to the industry. For one, XPress was ready for Intel long before Adobe Creative Suite was (is it yet?). Second, if there were no competition in the DTP space, do you think Adobe would treat the Mac platform better or worse? Third, I've used it since 1987 and it's still very good. Where is your PageMaker now? A lot of printing houses use XPress, even though it doesn't come free with Photoshop.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    quark my a**

    The only reason Quark is improving on their software is to compete with InDesign. And they are doing it through Xtensions which suck. This company is also notorious for being neurotic, they bought great companies and tried to implement them into Quark and when all failed they turned closed them down and left their user base stranded with no support or upgrades! They tried to make Quark into a multimedia software, then into a web-design software. I remember during the early 2000s when the ceo claimed that Macs are dead and everyone should switch to PCs; moreover, that printing itself is dead and that they're gonna turn their focus to web-design!!! Since then Quark did nothing to improve their software till InDesign 3 (which is InDesign CS) shipped. Since then they've been miserably trying to catchup.

    I remember when so many people switched to InDesign only because of Quarks software activation process, Quark finally changed it, but after what?... Their previous activation process harmed so many designers, pre-presses departments, and their clients by locking them-out during a software update or an OS re-install, anyone who went through this will have a story to tell.

    Every Quark upgrade that came after 3.x was worse and slower than the one before it. Untill today updating graphic links requires you to keep your fingure on the return button until it's done, for over 10 years Quark had ignored their customer complaints to add such simple features to their software like an update-all button. Note: I haven't checked this latest version yet, it might be there now, but now is too late.

    Constant crashes same old crappy Quark, buggy Xtensions everywhere. Quark today is like yesterdays PageMaker, or as known to the printing industry Rage-Maker.

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ok, updated for Leopard

    and running on Intel. It works for me. Use what you want. Nobody is forcing you to love Quark. But unless you use it, bagging on it makes as much sense as testudo. Can we both agree that Publisher sucks?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    erm, CS3 vs Quark

    I think you have the cart before the horse with regard to Quark making significant improvements only after CS3 was released. Quark made a significant shift in its development and business practices and delivered a greatly improved, and intel, version well before CS3 shipped. Most of your points are largely correct though, and certainly apply to Quark prior to that shift. I think Quark is a changed company now, and worthy of investigation when you get tired of the seemingly endless push toward the Microsoft versioning strategy.

    Oh, and the CS suite has it's own exciting collection of irritating bugs (should I mention Bridge, and the refusal to install if there is even a shred of the hundreds of files it scatters through out your system), so,.. yeah.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    new to the industry

    the only thing new to the industry is quark paying attention to its users (after 8-9 years).

    every serious ("experienced") designer I know couldnt switch to InDesign fast enough.


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