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Quark acquires for XML document handling

updated 07:10 pm EDT, Thu July 17, 2008

Quark acquires Invision

Quark on Thursday announced its acquisition of Research, a Florida-based software firm that develops the Microsoft Word for XML authoring tool, allowing the two companies to tightly integrate XML document creation in QuarkXpress. Neither company mentioned how much the purchase cost Quark, but it is said to be a boon for the design software company, since's client base includes over 200 financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and several government-level clients.

"Uniting our two companies creates an ideal combination of complementary products, technologies and knowledge," said Ray Schiavone, Quark's CEO. "By combining's user-friendly authoring capability with our professional publishing expertise, we are confident that Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution will be one of the most comprehensive and compelling solutions available today."

By purchasing, Quark also gains access to products supporting industry standards like DITA and SPL, as well as connectivity with enterprise content management systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint.

by MacNN Staff



  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Now all of's customers can look forward to crappy support, years between upgrades, and user-ignorant design.


  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    "DITA" and "SPL"??

    What industry are these standards a part of ? I've been in the Print industry for nearly 20 years and never heard of them_

    The only thing I could find were specific Microsoft standards for Windows itself_ This doesn't help out those folks using Quark on a Mac_

    But wait - that's right we have InDesign - it has XML capabilities already built in_ And when Quark releases their XML capable version two verssions down the line - InDesign will have had it built in for several years_ Because as Quark has always shown - it's next version will exclude anything it just picked up as that current version is already in the pipeline and can't be altered_

  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It is TRUELY amazing, how people are so pro-adobe. When Adobe hasn't been updating their apps for Mac as proficient that they can. And Quark has changed, Support is great, updates are regular and most importantly they are back to listening to their customers.

    UberFu, 20 years in print, really... then you would admire Quark, Adobe was nowhere found when Quark was there. And you would also remember Pagemaker, yeah!? Did you forget the horrible service Adobe provide? How about the fact that Adobe now charges for updates that aren't really updates... Look at Flash, Golive, Photoshop, Adobe has basically killed the Mac version of those.

    Long Live Quark!

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    hey stained a**

    I WAS around - for Quark having c*** service and years without fixing problems. I couldn't jump over to Adobe quick enough - not because they are some perfect platform, but because Quark screwed everyone for years. You must be VERY new to any of this -- I don't know one designer that doesn't hate Quark.


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