Old friend offers options from subscription-only InDesign
Yeah, that's right, it's a two-part review. Wanna make something of it? To quote a popular Internet meme, "one does not simply review the latest version of QuarkXpress." Although the company has been working diligently to unify its various areas of expertise -- print, HTML5, and e-publishing -- since at least version 9 (2011), this latest edition (initially called QuarkXpress 11, now known as QuarkXpress 2015) may be the one that tilts the digital publishing playing field back in its favor after more than a decade in the wilderness. Is it? We'll find out in part two of our review.
Pioneer of digital publishing unifies its efforts into coherent whole
The release of QuarkXpress 2015 has given me an occasion to renew an old acquaintance; like many veteran graphic designers, I once made my living using programs like QuarkXpress, Pagemaker, and later, InDesign and even Pages to create various small-press type work all the way up to major magazine and newspaper advertisements, books, and other mostly-printed matter. Quark is back (it never really went away), both because the 2015 release in particular seems to have found its footing in the current design environment, and because it offers an option to those reluctant to climb on board Adobe's subscription-only model for pro apps. Should you switch teams, and throw in with the loyal opposition? We'll find out, but first, a little background on the program -- and the reviewer -- in part one of our full review.
New QuarkXPress 2015 adds 64-bit, array of user-requested features
As expected, Quark Software has shipped QuarkXPress 2015. In version 2015 users will find fast 64-bit architecture, industry-verified PDF/X-4 output, fixed layout interactive (app-like) eBook production as well as an array of the most user-requested features. The software continues to be a perpetual license. QuarkXPress now offers dual activation, meaning it can be installed on up to two machines and across Mac and Windows platforms. QuarkXPress 2015 retails for $849, and discounted upgrades are available from versions of QuarkXPress back to version 3.
Upgrade offer extended to previous owners for $249
Today Quark Software announced that QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark's design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28. The company claims that QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production, and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.
Venerable desktop publishing program given 10 features voted on by users
Today Quark Software Inc. unveiled QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark's design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. Coming in the first quarter of next year, Quark promises that QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production, and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license as opposed to a subscription service.
Mac owners get custom UI colors
Quark has released a major update to QuarkXPress, v10.1. The software adds several important features, such as 8,000X zoom, and dynamic guides. The latter appear automatically when objects align with others, have the same width and height, and/or have the same distance to several more objects.
Performance beats QuarkXPress 9
Quark has introduced a maintenance update for its QuarkXPress publishing software. Version 10.0.2 primarily focuses on performance and stability improvements. The release is claimed to represent the first v10.0 build to beat QuarkXPress 9 in many performance categories, though the company admits that panning/scrolling speed is one exception that will be resolved early in 2014.
Tool redesigned for more simplicity
Quark has released a new version of App Studio, a tool for converting InDesign and QuarkXPress layouts into web and mobile apps, including digital newspapers and magazines. The latest release has been redesigned with iOS 7 in mind, for instance incorporating a theming feature that controls colors throughout an app. It also integrates with iOS 7's native sharing functions for Facebook, Twitter, and email.
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.
Barcode 2.0 plug-in launched
Quark has announced that all customers using QuarkXPress version 3 or later can now upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for $349. QuarkXPress 9, which is regularly priced at $849, is a page layout and design tool that can help developers create content to be published on digital devices. In order to upgrade customers must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number, however those who are unable to locate their serial number may be able to upgrade by providing proof of purchase or completing an online missing serial number form.
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.
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.
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.
Tango QuickStep facilitates variable publishing
Tango QuickStep Studio is web-based data-publishing software that sorts and organizes various forms of information, and now allows variable graphic and text elements to be dropped directly into QuarkXpress layouts without leaving QuarkXpress, thanks to a free XTension released today. The XTension works with QuarkXpress v8 and currently requires 32-bit mode (a 64-bit version will be released soon, according to Elixir Technologies, the developer).
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.
PageZephyr now supports .indd and .qxd formats
Markzware has launched v2 of its utility for content searching and retrieval, PageZephyr. The software provides tools for searching through QuarkXPress, InDesign, and MS Publisher files, while enabling text to be exported in RTF or TXT formats. Version 2 offers new ways to search files, incorporating support for less common formats such as .indd, .qxd, and .pub. Users can also now search for a specific area of interest across different file types.
Exportools Professional debuts as 3.0 beta
Jumsoft has extended its collection of images for Apple's iWork software, releasing Pages Clipart 6.0. The number of images has doubled from its previous version, from 500 to 1000, and can be used for everything from illustrating presentations and web pages to creating news letters. All images are divided into twelve different categories and are available in PDF and PNG formats. Tools are also included for resizing and rotating each image.
Edits content in Adobe Indesign, QuarkXPress
Markzware has released PageZephyr, an app that provides tools for searching and retrieving content. The program allows users to find documents and extract text from popular publishing formats including Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. Documents can be searched using specific keywords or phrases, in any language, while individual files can be targeted by specifying size, modification date, or creation date.
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.
FlightCheck Pro 6.5 update
Markzware has released a v6.5 update for FlightCheck Professional, its specialized preflighting tool. The software scrutinizes output documents for problems that could potentially affect the print process, such as trapping, overprinting and mismatched color spaces. The app then flags source issues, which can be corrected through a separate publishing suite.
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.
axaio has released new versions of its MadeToPrint line of products, used to standardize output from InDesign and QuarkXPress. The line consists of MadeToPrint Standard, MadeToPrint Auto, and MadeToPrint Server. The Auto and Server versions integrate into various publishing systems, including vjoon's K4 and WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise. The update exports fully imposed PDFs.
MathMagic 6.4 patch
InfoLogic has posted v6.4 of MathMagic, its equation editor. The app is divided into two main editions: Personal, which exports generalized output, and Pro, which includes plug-ins for either InDesign or QuarkXPress. The plug-ins are said to improve the quality of output, and speed up the insertion of equations into publishing documents.
Chartbot Barcodes released
XChange UK and ThePowerXChange have released Chartbot Barcodes, a new add-on for InDesign and QuarkXPress. Users can produce 1D, 2D and postal barcodes, without having to apply special barcode fonts. The software specifically works with variable data sources such as InDesign's Data Merge, and can automatically encode, checksum and resize graphics without reformatting a database.
FlightAlert XT for QXP 8
XChange UK has released an updated version of FlightAlert XT, now compatible with QuarkXPress 8. The software performs background scans of active documents, checking for mistakes before files reach the normal preflight stage. Users can for instance identify missing fonts in EPS files, or RGB elements that will not separate properly for printing.
FiFi, Fido, Split & Folio
Managing Editor has released FiFi XT 8.0 for QuarkXPress 8 and Fido 6.0 for Adobe InDesign CS4, along with Split & Folio for both publishing programs. Both FiFi and Fido are designed to enhance the functionality of the company’s ad-layout and issue-planning software, while increasing the productivity of paginators when dealing with missing ads. The plug-ins can be used to restore file-path information for graphic and ad files, after the ad map has been opened in QuarkXPress or In Design. The process helps avoid manually linking any remaining empty ad boxes to the appropriate digital files.
MarkzTools 8 update
Markzware has released MarkzTools 8, an update to its anti-corruption XTension for QuarkXPress 8 documents. The program offers automatic verification of all saved Quark documents, helping to prevent corruption. Should a file become damaged, users can attempt recovery through means such as a Scavenge Text option.
Ad Layout System 5.4
MEI has announced Page Director Ad Layout System 5.4, an update to its automatic ad-placing application. ALS helps simplify the ad layout process by interpreting information from a front-end booking system and then placing ads on the desired pages. The software enables control over editorial and advertising requirements and allows users to manage placement by advertising ratios and color press configuration. Version 5.4 features a new print designer, along with an upgrade that provides connectivity with MEI’s Integrated Production Suite 4.5 software package.
Duplica 4.0 XTension
Developer XChange has released an updated XTension for the QuarkXPress publishing suite, Duplica 4.0. The plug-in allows users to sample text and object attributes, and apply them to QuarkXPress documents by way of multiple clipboards. Once attributes are selected, eyedroppers reproduce styling in chosen parts of a document.
AutoPrice for Mac and PC
Meadows Publishing has released AutoPrice, a price updating application for QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign documents. The program is designed to perform price updates on catalogs or retail fliers, while offering additional tools to update phone lists, time tables, or other information that can be referenced by a key value. Users can process large projects using batch processing, while the program also supports special price styling, picture imports and ODBC for updating documents in flat-file format.
Quark has released the latest version of its publishing software, QuarkXPress 8.02. The update adds user interface localizations for Danish, Norwegian, Czech, Portuguese and Finnish. The program also now supports the latest Pantone Goe color libraries, while offering an improved installation process for large workgroups. Users can also take advantage of a streamlined activation process that allows a transition from the 60-day trial version to the full version without requiring a second software installation.
Q2ID 4 shipping
Markzware has released its new QuarkXPress to InDesign migrator, Q2ID 4, now adapted for Adobe's InDesign CS4. The upgraded version works in both CS3 and CS4, and supports QuarkXPress documents from v3.3 through to v8.0. The converter retains all the layout and design details of a Quark document, and reformats them into an InDesign file.
FontAgent Pro 4.0.3 update
Insider Software has added support for Adobe's Creative Suite 4 and QuarkXPress 8 to its newly released FontAgent Pro 4.0.3. The update specifically includes auto-activation plug-ins for Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator in CS2 through CS4, as well as QuarkXPress versions 6 through 8.0.1. The download also adds support for French and Italian language systems, and detects and installs in the user's current language.
Cumulus Quark updates
Canto has announced updates to its Quark integration tools, used to support various Quark programs within Cumulus 7.6, its digital asset management suite. The software organizes and shares numerous kinds of content, such as photos and Office documents. The latest versions of QXP Companion, QXP Server Companion and QPS Companion add support for QuarkXPress 8, QuarkXPress Server 8 and Quark Publishing System 7.6 or 8.
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.
Suitcase Fusion 2
Extensis has released the latest version of its font management utility, Suitcase Fusion 2. The update features a redesigned user interface and code base, with SQLite support claimed to improve speed and reliability. The new program is built around the Leopard operating system, with exact font matching and auto-activation plugin support for Adobe Illustrator CS4 and QuarkXpress 8. Multiple font previews adjust in size while working for faster selection and comparison, while the new Glyph View Palette allows previews of multiple glyphs within one type face.
New XChange XTensions
XChange International has updated two of its XTensions, ProScale and Xcatalog, which now function with QuarkXPress 8. ProScale gives users the ability to resize items, groups or documents with a single click. ProScale is also able to resize items non-proportionally, without distorting the elements within a selection. Users of earlier versions can upgrade for $74, while new licenses can be purchased for $124.
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.
Xinet XTensions for QXP 8
Server software company Xinet has announced the release of four XTensions to support QuarkXPress 8. FullPress XT allows the integration of Xinet's server software engine, which provides filesharing, print spooling, and automated output of PostScript, PDF or TIFF/IT material. WebNative XT lets users preview WebNative documents which contain links to images.
Quark 8's new extensions
XChange International has launched two XTensions for QuarkXPress 8, Xtags and DATAformXT. Both are now available for QuarkXPress 8 and also as plug-ins to Adobe InDesign.
XChange adds new Xtensions
XChange International has released four new XTensions for QuarkXPress: ProPack, FlexScale, Nametag and Crops XT have all been added as downloads for extending the capabilities of Quark's flagship design application. ProPack 8 contains 15 different XTensions that range in function from an eyedropper tool for Quarks tool pallet to a tool for creating boxes and text paths based on various shapes. This pack can be downloaded for $203.
Sonar Bookend XTensions
XChange International has released an upgrade to its Sonar Bookends line of XTensions. Xref, Sequence, Fnote and QkLink have all been updated to work with QuarkXPress 8. Xref is a cross-reference generator that embeds reference items such as tables, appendices, chapters and figures. It utilizes a tagging system, which allows cross-references to be inserted whether a document is active or complete. The plug-in is also capable of updating cross-references across multiple files by opening all of the related files in advance.
MathMagic 5.8 ships
InfoLogic says it has released v5.8 of MathMagic, its equation-editing software for the Mac, intended for teachers, researchers and students. The software comes with numerous symbols and templates, and produces files in formats such as JPEG, PDF, EPS and TeX. The update allows the Pro Edition of the software to create and edit equations within the QuarkXPress 8 graphics suite, bypassing any need to import MathMagic files later.
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.
Briefly: FCPUG; shareware
In brief: A Final Cut group organizes a Macworld "SuperMeet," a shareware bundle splits proceeds with charity, a free book teaches game programming, and a software package teaches Quark Job Jackets. The Final Cut Pro Users Group has finalized the agenda for its seventh-annual Macworld SuperMeet. The event is scheduled from 7 to 10PM on January 16th, and will be held in the Robertson Auditorium of the Mission Bay Conference Center, UCSF, in San Francisco. Richard Townhill of Apple will discuss Final Cut Pro and the new Mac Pros, while colleague Steve Bayes will talk about evaluating codecs. Other guests will include representatives from Adobe, Sony and Blackmagic. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.