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QuarkXPress 8.1 intros Native Transparency mode

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too late

    Unless Adobe completely stops supporting Macs, Quark is too late to the party.

    But never doubt Adobe's ability to ignore Macs. Look at Flash. c***!

  1. jvanart

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You mean they are still around? I would think there could not be very many users of that junk left to piss off...

  1. edac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dead to Me

    Quark has been dead with designers and studios for a few years. Its last stranglehold is with large corporations who have libraries of Quark files and can't afford to switch. But one corporate studio manager I talked to recently said the upgrade to 8 was the straw that broke the camel's back, and they were switching to InDesign instead. Another sign of how dead Quark is can be seen on the bookshelves of your local Barnes & Nobel; just one Quark 8 how-to book vs scores of InDesign CS-4 how-to books.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like it, a lot.

    Actually, I love it. I use InDesign and XPress, and I find XPress much easier, faster to use. I don't use it for every job though. Both have strengths and weaknesses and you just choose the right software for what's needed.

    I agree, Quark has pissed off a lot of its users, but what... Adobe doesn't?

  1. edac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pissed Off at Adobe?

    Let's see. Did Adobe charge extra to upgrade to PowerPC versions of its software? Did Adobe wait two years to come out with OS X versions of its software? Did Adobe sell a program in a skinny CD case with no manual for $800? Did Adobe force an archaic activation system on its users that required several calls to make work? Did Adobe change the look of a few menus in a program that is basically unchanged since System 6 and call it an all new program? Did Adobe move all its development and tech support to India? Did Adobe cripple its support of Postscript fonts, then lay the blame on its users' printers? (Even if they were Adobe Postscript Level 3 certified.)

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