updated 02:10 pm EDT, Thu September 1, 2011
Accelerates publishing software's iPad focus
Quark has posted QuarkXPress 9.1, an update to the company's flagship publishing suite. The main addition is the App Studio, used to produce iPad publications and publish them to the App Store. The process begins with a new layout space inside QuarkXPress, which supports vertical and horizontal iPad orientations, and adding audio, images, slideshows and video. To actually produce the apps requires App Studio Factory, a bundled Mac-only program. Completing the workflow are the App Studio Issue Previewer and the App Studio Publishing Portal.
The system is not free, however. Regular users must buy template and issue licenses; a template costs $149, while issue licenses start at $349 for a single distribution. On top of this publishing to the App Store requires an iOS Developer Program membership, priced at $99. Necessary licenses can be bought for as little as $50 though under educational discounts.
Outside of App Studio, the v9.1 update contains several smaller improvements, such as the Trim View. The option simulates the effects of trimming by cropping items beyond a page boundary. View Sets let designers save and load different layout display combinations, and PSD files are now supported in Job Jackets rules. Turning on the new Hide Suppressed option conceals any item with Suppress Output checked, as well as underlines on objects like hyperlinks.
For book publishers, style sheets can be newly mapped to tags in reflow articles. The change should simplify adapting existing content to ePub and Blio formats.