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QuarkXPress 8 offers refined interface, more

updated 08:05 am EDT, Thu May 29, 2008

QuarkXPress 8 unveiled

Digital publishing giant Quark on Thursday unveiled QuarkXPress 8, the latest version of its page-layout and design software, which boasts a newly redesigned interface and simplified workflow. Quark says that the overall user experience has been refined, allowing users to quickly grab, rotate, and scale images in real time, without needing to type numbers or switch between tools, for example. QuarkXPress 8 also features an enhanced Bézier pen tool, which encourages illustration directly within the application.

QuarkXPress 8 has an enhanced workspace, providing buttons to access master pages, export to PDF, EPS, SWF, and HTML, split-view buttons, enhanced contextual menus, and a customizable active pasteboard. Users can design across print, web, and Flash-based media, as well as incorporate sound, video, animation, and interactivity into their layouts through built-in tools.

The new version provides finer control over typography, giving the user access to advanced text features such as hanging characters with paragraph-by-paragraph control, multiple presets, and the ability to create and share custom hanging character settings. Users can also modify baseline grid settings, apply unique grid settings to individual boxes, and use a Grid Styles dialogue to keep complex documents consistent.

QuarkXPress 8 also represents a larger push into international publishing, with support for eastern and western typography in over 30 languages in one global file format. All versions of QuarkXPress 8 share the same dictionaries, include hyphenation functionality, and can import, format, and output East Asian text.

A "Plus" edition of the software will enable in-depth formatting of East Asian text, with access to dozens of East Asian Features, such as more than 20 additional OpenType font features, user-friendly character spacing, true ideographic grid with character count, and the ability to apply grid styles at the page or box level.

In addition to native Photoshop support, the application can now import natively from Illustrator. WYSIWYG font rendering, advanced guide management, simultaneous control of formatting multiple items, import support for PDF 1.7 and earlier, GWG-based output styles and Job Jackets support are also new.

While specific pricing and availability was not released, Quark is currently running a promotion for users who purchase QuarkXPress 7 from May 29th to August 1st, 2008, are eligible for a free upgrade to v8.0 when it ships. QuarkXPress 7 currently sells for $800.

by MacNN Staff



  1. gskibum3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good News

    I changed to Quark from Ready Set Go! a zillion years ago. I loved it over PageMaker. PageMaker was so retarded on the output end of things. Unless you did everything as B&W and Letter size.

    But like so many, I despised their attitude toward their customers.

    I was glad to see Adobe step in with InDesign when Quark (the company) had become fat & lazy. Now it is Adobe that is trending toward the fat & lazy mindset.

    Quark appears to be working hard at improving substantially both their technology and customer relations.

    Love or hate Quark, a stronger Quark is better for everyone.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Titanic Disaster

    Quack is such a large ship that it has taken them 9 years to finally adjust to the InDesign threat. It seems like it's a little too late, they hit the iceberg and are now on the fateful voyage to the bottom of the software heap.

    On top of all this, in the 9 years rather than throwing the "junk" overboard to be lean and efficient, they kept adding to the bloat, which seemed to only help move them behind InDesign. What? You don't want to author Flash and HTML within Quack? How about "editing" images with a sub par feature set? Or a PowerPoint? Want over-sized PDFs – we can do that!

    In the end, this company with bad customer service, a company who took their user-base for granted is now struggling to find its lost users. It might be too late, the ships have left the port. Farewell Quack and goodnight.

  1. Omek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just die already!!!

    Why won't they just give up the cause... come on people. Life would be so much easier if everyone just switched to Indesign. I hate having to keep up on this archaic software, because people are still using it! GRRRrrrrr....

  1. hdfonts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Speak for yourself

    Just because you "hate" Quark and "love" InDesign, don't assume everyone else shares your views. We tried to switch to InDesign and soon after switched back to Quark. InDesign is just as much "bloatware" as Quark, and it doesn't run very well under Leopard. Adobe's other CS3 apps run fine. Just InDesign crashes. Can't wait for Quark 8.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I have to say that I'm impressed with the effort Quark has been putting in lately in improving both their software offering and their customer service. I think they still have a lot of room for improvement, but they've actually come a long way in recent years. Ir seems the threat of them going the way of the dodo when inDesign came along was enough to light a fire under their lazy butts to make some radical improvements. Competition is good.
    But InDesign CS4 is on the horizon. We'll see what goodies Adobe has in store for us with that.

  1. khiltd

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Here's hoping

    I hate both Quark and InDesign equally, and given Adobe's recent trend toward putting Flash everywhere regardless of whether or not it makes any sense to do so, I can't see a problem with competition in any form. I'm sure it'll still suck, but somebody's got to try to fight John Nack and Chunky A.

  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Go Quark, get out of here

    The "new" Quark features are based on their Plug-in architecture XTensions. It's still the same crappy Quark with more XTensions, I've been using Quark since the early 90's, thank God for InDesign.

  1. Omek

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ok, maybe I put it too bluntly. I apologize. I worked with several people that were die-hard Quark users, and I get the feeling they don't want to switch because of the learning curve. You should really give it a fair shot, especially if you currently use the rest of the Creative Suite.

  1. chirpy22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    if you hate both of them why not use ready.set.go or stone studio?
    there are always alternatives.

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