updated 09:30 pm EDT, Wed June 5, 2013
Kindle for iOS update adds line spacing, long highlighting
Amazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS to make two small but significant changes. The first allows users to change the line spacing on e-books as well as the margins, to facilitate easier reading. Another change in the new version 3.8 is the ability to make multi-page highlights of longer passages or those that break between pages. Some accessibility improvements have been made (a larger maximum font size for example), and there have been improvements made in Print Replica Textbooks' notebooks -- new filters and the ability to sync starred notes between devices.
iTunes Festival app adds Passbook functionality
Apple has issued a minor update to its iTunes Festival app, which promotes and explores the company's annual month-long music festival in London, coming in September this year. Tickets to the festival are handled by a lottery, but users can see some live performances, archived performances, bios, links to music and other information about the artists involved through the app. The new version (v3.8) adds Passbook functionality for those awarded tickets, and also brings in the ability to view photos shot with a landscape perspective in landscape mode. The update also includes a variety of unspecified bug fixes.
Quark offers free v10 upgrade to disgruntled Adobe customers
Customers upset over Adobe's plans to eventually move its entire Creative Suite software to a subscription model -- the company is still selling CS 6 with a "perpetual" license but has made clear that is to be the last version to offer that option -- have an alternative offered by Adobe's main rival in the desktop-publishing space, Quark. The Denver-based company has announced that those who purchase or upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXpress (from version 3 on up) to the latest QuarkXpress 9 will get a free upgrade to QuarkXpress 10 when it arrives.
The offer is valid until June 30, after which only those owners of QuarkXpress 8 or later may qualify for the free QX 10 upgrade until August 30 of this year. Quark points out that it plans to continue selling the software with perpetual licenses, meaning people can continue to use the purchased version indefinitely. QuarkXpress costs around $890 for the full version, and $370 for the upgrade to QX 9.