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QuarkXPress 9 to bring iPad, digital publishing focus

updated 01:05 pm EST, Wed February 23, 2011

Joined by assortment of new and improved tools

Developer Quark has formally announced QuarkXPress 9, a long-awaited upgrade of its flagship publishing suite. The software has traditionally been used to create layouts for print and web content, but in version 9 Quark is concentrating on smartphones and tablets, particularly the iPad. For the latter QuarkXPress now includes the App Studio, a component used to produce native iPad apps. Users can repackage existing content or create apps from whole cloth.

Also new is an ePub export tool, supporting a broader range of platforms including but not limited to iBooks, Kindle and Nook. Backing this is an added Reflow View, which manages layouts so they appear properly in any format which reflows. A platform uniquely supported by v9 is the Blio eReader, which runs in Windows, Android or iOS.

More general-purpose additions to the suite include an element cloner, a new bullets and numbering system, and "conditional" styles, which arrange content automatically based on a set of rules. Callouts move boxes and groups alongside text, and an ImageGrid option lets people quickly import and build grids of graphics. Similarly, the Linkster is meant to unlink or relink text boxes or stories. The Story Editor offers a word processor view of project text.

QuarkXPress 9 is scheduled to ship in April. The full suite will cost $799, although upgrades from v7 or 8 will be $299, and anyone who has bought v8 between January 1st and April 30th will be eligible for a free copy of v9. App Studio will not be included with the initial release, but rather pushed as a free update within 90 days after launch. Until then developers will need help from Quark's iPad Publishing Service to get a properly formatted app.

by MacNN Staff



  1. equitek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Likely too little too late...

    I hardly see Quark out there in the real world anymore except in large established houses, and even there it's dwindling. I hope they succeed if only to keep InDesign on it's toes.

  1. stainless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let the truth be known...

    Dear Quark,

    Your website when it comes to publishing an App from Quark 9 states ( ), "Quark's issue management service (payable per issue)"

    How does this work? I am already paying Apple 30% of my profits, how much does Quark charge?

    Additionally, I see that the purchase of Quark 9 doesn't include everything required for creating Apps, "Quark iPad Reader Framework (optional)". What is the additional cost for this?

    And while Blio sounds great, in theory, BUT Apple is going to take 30% of my cost, how much is Blio and Quark cost be to get my content to the end customer? What if my publication is a freebie (I.e Real Estate publication, Car publication, Relocation publication, etc???)

    What about HTML5?! Can't make extra money off of it, so you decided not to offer or put any focus on it?!!?

    Seriously, Quark has gotten back to it's roots of stubbornness and arrogance.

  1. MacnnReader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quark who ???

    Amazing. Quark GAVE the entire farm to Adobe in one fell swoop when they refused to do an OSX version WAAAY back in 2001. Since they already had an os 9 version in the works, they decided to continue with doing the DEAD OS9 version and thot since they were the best software around, of course people will continue using them. Whoowee. This is a prime example of leadership that failed. Failed to see the market correctly. Failed to listen to it's customer base. Failed to respond in a timely manner. FAIL FAIL FAIL. They weren't the only ones though. Think - Novell Word Perfect anyone? Novell anything for that matter...

  1. wizenpub

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This Thread Is Sooooo 2001.

    When I read these comments it's like a trip down bad memory lane. GET OVER YOUR BAD SELVES. Quark doesn't even have the same management at all (2 managements later) and they are making great software these days and have done nearly everything required for a world-class design program that now has at least THREE paths to digital output. So you can make you own app (and pay Apple whatever they require...excuse me if they couldn't swing a deal for you), make a free iBook with reflow and be read on Kindle or iPad, iPhone Readers, etc. and Blio where you can provide rich interactive content to nearly every platform out there. On top of this you can make some seriously gorgeous designs that swap from horizontal to vertical. This isn't your grandma's Quark so get off their case! Their server software and other products are used by the world's governments and largest organizations including Unicef which helps children around the world...they built a city in India to improve living conditions for thousands...what have you done lately? Why don't you make an HTML 5 Xtension for Quark, whiner? GTFO and take your FAIL with you!

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