Now supports Retina displays
Quark has released a significant update of DesignPad, its graphic design tool for the iPad. The app uses a grid-based system, and is meant mainly for simple or preliminary designs, pushing more complex work over to QuarkXPress. The v1.1.0 upgrade introduces Retina display support, and makes a number of additions and changes to interface options.
Publishing suite adapts to Gatekeeper security
Quark has released an important update for QuarkXPress 9, its flagship publishing suite. The v9.3.1 release adds support for OS X Mountain Lion, which was launched last month. As a part of the upgrade, QuarkXPress has been made compatible with Mountain Lion's Gatekeeper technology, which normally blocks uncertified apps from being installed. The v9.3.1 code should now install properly under Gatekeeper's default security level.
ePUB 3 compatibility allows audio, video
Quark has posted QuarkXPress 9.2, an update of the developer's flagship publishing suite. A central focus of the upgrade is on the ePUB format; new projects can now be created specifically for ePUB export, and the software supports ePUB 3, a new standard which allows audio, video, and links. Apple may soon be adding ePUB 3 compatibility to iBooks.
Supports QuarkXPress 9.1, App Studio
Quark has released an update to the Quark Publishing System, v9.1. The upgrade primarily implements support for QuarkXPress 9.1, and the matching App Studio, used to create and publish iPad publications for the iOS App Store. Audio and visual files stored within QPS can now be incorporated into Composition Zones and as shared material, which should allow multiple designers to use common and consistent sources.
Buyers after June 1st get free upgrade
Santa Ana-based Markzware has announced an upgrade to its file utility that converts Quark Xpress documents to InDesign documents, Q2ID v5.5 -- now able to convert Quark files up to and including version 9 into Adobe InDesign (versions CS4, CS5 or CS5.5). The program is now fully compatible with Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) and can convert Quark documents from across platforms (Windows and Mac) as well as different versions of Quark Xpress.
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.
Search in progress for new owners
Quark, the developer of QuarkXPress, has been bought out by a private equity firm called Platinum Equity. While the latter is known to specialize in mergers and acquisitions, few other details on the transaction have been made public. What has been disclosed is that Platinum is already working to transition Quark to new ownership.
Remote web interface gets major improvements
Quark has unveiled Quark Publishing System 9, an updated version of its automated publishing platform. Production houses can use QPS to aid work for various media types, including print, web, phones and tablets. The new platform is compatible with both QuarkXPress 9 and QuarkCopyDesk 9; through the latter software QPS now supports things like conditional styles, predefined bullet and numbering styles, and moving boxes and groups automatically alongside text.
Trial to be unlockable with validation code
Quark has set an April 26th launch date for QuarkXPress 9, its flagship publishing suite. Although the software was first unveiled in February, Quark has until now held off on giving a date more precise than April. It will cost $799 new, or $299 as an upgrade from v7 or v8. Free upgrades are available for v8 purchases made between January 1st and April 30th.
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.
ALS for Magazines and Adforce also updated
Publishing industry trade developer MEI has announced that their family of ad layout programs, including Page Director, ALS for Magazines and AdForce have all now been updated to v5.6.1 for compatibility with the latest versions of Adobe's InDesign CS5 and Quark's Xpress 8.5, while retaining compatibility back to InDesign CS4 and QuarkXpress 8. The company has also updated its supporting plug-ins accordingly.
PANTONE color libraries get updates
Quark is distributing QuarkXPress 8.5, an update to the company's professional-level publishing suite. The focus of the upgrade is on support for DOCX, the XML-based format enabled by recent versions of Microsoft Word. QuarkXPress users can both import and export DOCX files.
QuarkPromote.com for small businesses
In brief: To help U.S college and graduate students dealing with heavy educational-based costs, Microsoft's MacBU has announced a special deal for the Office 2008 for Mac, dropping the price by over 70 percent. Office 2008 Business Edition provides a series of different applications to help support all areas of education, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Entourage 2008, and Document Connection for Mac with SharePoint support.
Quark DPS update enhances productivity
Quark has announced an update to its Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution which delivers a series of improvements and the new Automation Services. The new features are designed to enhance productivity, as well as automate multi-channel publishing and lower publishing costs. The Automatic Services enable users to automate routine manual publishing tasks, and provides integration with the Drupal Web Content Management System to help automate print-to-web publishing.
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.
XML Author 3 update
Quark has announced XML Author 3, the latest version of its XML authoring tool that enables users to create XML content within Microsoft Word. Standing as a core component of Quark Dynamic Publishing software, the application provides both creation and editing tools for making XML content. Features in the update add support for Microsoft Word 2007 and Windows Vista, toolbar improvements, and new integration with Design Science’s Math Type Editor for equations.
Quark Publishing System
In brief: A new file transfer service has been launched that allows clients to transfer large files at speeds greater than standard FTP transfers. Alternativly, a new partnership has been announced between National Electronic Attachment and MacPractice. This partnership will bring new functions to MacPractice's software that will allow clients to submit documents such as x-rays electronically. On another note, a presentation earlier this month demonstrated the functionality of the new Cumulus/Quark Publishing System integration.
QPS supports InDesign
Quark explains that it has expanded the support of Quark Publishing System, its workflow companion software for QuarkXPress. QPS should now support both QuarkCopyDesk and Adobe InDesign, and by consequence, Adobe InCopy. The newly-supported apps should thus be able to operate under the same workflow, for instance allowing check-in through the same software, and assignment of InCopy articles from within InDesign.
QuarkXPress Server 8, more
Quark, the developer of QuarkXPress 8, has announced the upcoming release of several programs meant to support its flagship publishing tool. The first of these is Quark Publishing System 8, designed to manage the workflow associated with Quark files, specifically within the context of a corporate office. The updated software is said to include changes like support for native Illustrator file formats, and enhanced asset management through QPS Connect Client, which boasts functions like multi-page previews and multi-asset check-in.
Quark acquires Invision
Quark on Thursday announced its acquisition of In.vision Research, a Florida-based software firm that develops the Microsoft Word for XML authoring tool, allowing the two companies to tightly integrate XML document creation in QuarkXpress. Neither company mentioned how much the purchase cost Quark, but it is said to be a boon for the design software company, since In.vision's client base includes over 200 financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and several government-level clients.
QuarkXPress 8 unveiled
Digital publishing giant Quark on Thursday unveiled QuarkXPress 8, the latest version of its page-layout and design software, which boasts a newly redesigned interface and simplified workflow. Quark says that the overall user experience has been refined, allowing users to quickly grab, rotate, and scale images in real time, without needing to type numbers or switch between tools, for example. QuarkXPress 8 also features an enhanced Bézier pen tool, which encourages illustration directly within the application.
QuarkXPress 8 vs. CS3?
Quark is preparing a new version of QuarkXPress for this August, and is deliberately looking to one-up Adobe's Creative Suite, according to inside sources for AppleInsider. QuarkXPress 8 is, for instance, expected not only to take advantage of InDesign's continuing instability under Mac OS X Leopard, but to expand support for Illustrator and Photoshop files, and implement standardized Bézier pen tools that may reduce any need for Illustrator in publishing.
Quark has announced Quark Publishing System 7.4, the second maintenance release of its industry leading collaborative workflow system. Based on Java, this release of QPS adds as support for Mac OS 10.5 Leopard, full text search and LDAP support. In addition, the new QPS Web Hub now runs with Apple's Safari browser as well as Firefox. QPS user names and passwords can now be managed through a company's active directory to consolidate user management. Full Text Search allows users to search document content within any assets that are stored in QPS. There is also the added ability for users to check in multiple assets at the same, and Russian and Polish interfaces are now available in QPS.
Quark dynamic publishing
Quark has launched its new Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution (DPS), an enterprise-scale publishing system designed to combine flexible layout with automated publishing for accurate communications across multiple media types. The system distributes content via print, the Web, mobile, and electronic devices to address increasing multi-channel challenges faced by publishers, according to Quark. The company will showcase Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution at AIIM/OnDemand in booth no. 725.
Time Capsule ready to ship
In brief: MacNN has reviewed PDF2Office Professional, Daylite Productivity Suite, and a look back at Macworld part 2. Pre-orders of Apple's Time Capsule external storage device are "prepared for shipment," Quark has launched a community-based website for designers, Arizona's home listings are set to appear on Apple's iTunes Music Store & Homebuyer's iPods, and IK Multimedia is offering a two-for-one deal on qualifying IK plug-ins.
Quark Interactive Designer
Quark on Tuesday announced that Quark Interactive Designer 1.02 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Quark Interactive Designer allows designers using QuarkXPress to create Flash (SWF) layouts for the Web without having to code. The release of Quark Interactive Designer 1.02 follows the November 2007 release of QuarkXPress 7.31, a maintenance release of the professional design software that is optimized for Mac OS X Leopard. QID users can create rich, interactive tours, online advertisements and design-driven presentations using QuarkXPress 7.