updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue August 4, 2009
QuarkXPress 8.1 update
Quark is distributing a v8.1 update for QuarkXPress, its flagship publishing suite. The patch incorporates a new Native Transparency mode for generating PDFs, allowing items marked as transparent to remain unflattened during final output. The software has also been given a new key modifier, permitting more precise placement of images.
Other changes include integration of drop shadows into the Item Styles and Item Find/Change menus; styles can now also be updated with a single click, reflecting changes made in layout. The patch lastly implements a new spellchecking palette, which makes it possible to adjust text elements simultaneously. QuarkXPress 8 requires Mac OS X 10.4, and costs $799 new or $299 as an upgrade.