9. December 2016

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Do you still work this way? Modern ways to share Print layouts over the internet

Often you want to share a Print layout over the internet. What are your options?

 

The “old” way

PDF?

Typically you might create a screen PDF and put it on your webserver. Though great for Print, PDF have several shortcomings over the web. In a browser they look strange (double navigation). On mobile devices they do not really offer interactivity. And accessibility depends on how you created the PDF. And so on.

Flash???

Not really. Go six years back and though Flash was widely spread it was already not the ideal format. Security holes, high CPU requirements (remember the fans of your device starting to howl?) and – maybe worst – they never worked on mobile devices.

Flipbook Services?

Sure, they offer you a one-stop solution. Typically you submit a PDF to them, pay them a fee and they create some kind of interactive format. In the past often Flash, nowadays some kind of HTML.

Have you ever used a flipbook? The issues beside having to pay a fee and maybe having to host it somewhere outside your web infrastructure are in my humble opinion the user experience:

Often these flipbooks only offer two zoom levels, one that lets you hardly read text, the other so large that it is difficult panning around. Text is often an image, which doesn’t make them available to accessibility features like screen readers (to read out loud). “Searching” is mostly not possible in the browser, it’s prefabricated in the UI. And interactivity is limited to maybe videos and audio. And should the flipbook service decide to discontinue the service, you are stuck again.

 

The modern way: Pixel-perfect HTML5

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just convert a Print layout with three mouse clicks to an interactive, web-friendly format? That allows you to add interactivity, works in a browser, giving you search and magnification?

And of course it should work on all devices, Desktop and mobile. And without additional fees.

That’s what HTML5 Publications promise to do:

  1. Convert out of a Print layout created in QuarkXPress 2016 with just three clicks
  2. Export standard HTML5
  3. Run on all platforms (mobile and desktop browsers)
  4. Text stays text and all typographic and design features are kept, pixel-perfect, as you created them
  5. No extra charge (besides QuarkXPress and web space)

Have a look how easily this is created out of QuarkXPress 2016, as many and as often as you want:

 

Best of all, using the free Test Drive of QuarkXPress 2016 you can try that yourself for 30 days:
http://content.quark.com/QX2016_RequestLP-EN.html

Warning:

If you use PostScript fonts (Type-1 fonts) then these will not work in HTML5. You have two options to replicate your Pritn layout as HTML5 Publication then:

  1. Substitute the Type-1 font with a TrueType font or OpenType font. Both formats will work well and keep typographic features such as kerning.
  2. If you need to keep your Type-1 font, then make sure QuarkXPress exports these text boxes as an image. You can define that in the measurement palette when being in a Digital layout. At the very right for each text box there’s a check box besides a small camera symbol to “Convert to Graphic Upon Export”. Use Item Find/Change to easily change all text boxes to export as image.

In the next post I’ll show you how to add interactivity like video, animations and slideshows and how to deploy them on your own webserver.

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6. October 2016

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QuarkXPress 2016 now supports 77 OpenType features (plus 5)

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Here’s a list of all 77 OpenType features supported by the user interface of QuarkXPress 2016 (12.2), both Run based features and Glyph based features:

  1. aalt – Access All Alternates
  2. afrc – Alternative Fractions
  3. c2sc – Small Capitals From Capitals
  4. calt – Contextual Alternates
  5. case – Case-Sensitive Forms
  6. clig – Contextual Ligatures
  7. cpsp – Capital Spacing
  8. cwsh – Contextual Swash
  9. dlig – Discretionary Ligatures
  10. dnom – Denominators
  11. expt – Expert Forms
  12. frac – Fractions
  13. fwid – Full Widths
  14. halt – Alternate Half Widths
  15. hist – Historical Forms
  16. hkna – Horizontal Kana Alternates
  17. hngl – Hangul
  18. hojo – Hojo Kanji Forms (JIS X 0212-1990 Kanji Forms)
  19. hwid – Half Widths
  20. ital – Italics
  21. jp04 – JIS2004 Forms
  22. jp78 – JIS78 Forms
  23. jp83 – JIS83 Forms
  24. jp90 – JIS90 Forms
  25. kern – Kerning
  26. liga – Standard Ligatures
  27. lnum – Lining Figures
  28. locl – Localized Forms
  29. nlck – NLC Kanji Forms
  30. numr – Numerators
  31. onum – Oldstyle Figures
  32. ordn – Ordinals
  33. ornm – Ornaments
  34. palt – Proportional Alternate Widths
  35. pnum – Proportional Figures
  36. pwid – Proportional Widths
  37. qwid – Quarter Widths
  38. ruby – Ruby Notation Forms
  39. salt – Stylistic Alternates
  40. sinf – Scientific Inferiors
  41. smcp – Small Capitals
  42. smpl – Simplified Forms
  43. ss01 – Stylistic Set 1
  44. ss02 – Stylistic Set 2
  45. ss03 – Stylistic Set 3
  46. ss04 – Stylistic Set 4
  47. ss05 – Stylistic Set 5
  48. ss06 – Stylistic Set 6
  49. ss07 – Stylistic Set 7
  50. ss08 – Stylistic Set 8
  51. ss09 – Stylistic Set 9
  52. ss10 – Stylistic Set 10
  53. ss11 – Stylistic Set 11
  54. ss12 – Stylistic Set 12
  55. ss13 – Stylistic Set 13
  56. ss14 – Stylistic Set 14
  57. ss15 – Stylistic Set 15
  58. ss16 – Stylistic Set 16
  59. ss17 – Stylistic Set 17
  60. ss18 – Stylistic Set 18
  61. ss19 – Stylistic Set 19
  62. ss20 – Stylistic Set 20
  63. subs – Subscript
  64. sups – Superscript
  65. swsh – Swash
  66. titl – Titling Alternates
  67. tnam – Traditional Name Forms
  68. tnum – Tabular Figures
  69. trad – Traditional Forms
  70. twid – Third Widths
  71. valt – Alternate Vertical Metrics
  72. vrt2 – Vertical Writing
  73. vhal – Alternate Vertical Half Metrics
  74. vkna – Vertical Kana Alternates
  75. vkrn – Vertical Kerning
  76. vpal – Proportional Alternate Vertical Metrics
  77. zero – Slashed Zero

QuarkXPress 2016 also supports 5 OpenType baseline tags through Character Alignment feature:

  1. icfb – Ideographic character face bottom edge baseline
  2. icft – Ideographic character face top edge baseline
  3. ideo – Ideographic em-box bottom edge baseline
  4. idtp – Ideographic em-box top edge baseline
  5. romn – The baseline used by simple alphabetic scripts such as Latin, Cyrillic and Greek

To see what these features mean and to see an explanation of the four-letter-code, please refer to the OpenType reference:

https://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/featurelist.htm
and
https://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/baselinetags.htm

 

Need more? Please let us know!

 

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3. October 2016

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QuarkXPress supported on macOS Sierra

Good news, both, QuarkXPress 2015 and QuarkXPress 2016 are now supported on macOS Sierra.

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QuarkXPress 8, 9 and 10 – run at own risk

Even better, though QuarkXPress 10 is not officially supported on Sierra, it runs fairly well on 10.12.

And also older versions of QuarkXPress, I briefly tried 8 and 9, run with minor issues on macOS Sierra. However if you need to install fresh, that’s not straight forward and we did hear from some users that they experienced larger issues. So it might be a very individual experience.

Just remember, these previous versions of QuarkXPress are not officially supported on Sierra and therefore not tested by Quark on Sierra.

So you run it at your own risk after intensive tests please. If you are looking for information on which operating these versions were certified, please read here: http://forums.quark.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=27713

QuarkXPress 2015 – supported with known issues

If you are using QuarkXPress 2015 on Sierra, which is an officially supported combination of QuarkXPress and operating system, then please be aware that this is supported with a few known Sierra specific issues. You can read about the known issues here: http://files.quark.com/download/documentation/QuarkXPress/2015/English/QXP%202015%20July%20Update%20Known%20and%20Resolved%20Issues_en-us.pdf

So before upgrading to macOS Sierra, please read about the known issues on Sierra, decide then whether running QX2015 on Sierra is what you want to do, first create yourself a backdoor, and then upgrade and test.

QuarkXPress 2016 – fully supported

So just 13 days after the initial release of Sierra, Quark supports Apple’s newest operating system.

QuarkXPress 2016 October Update is fully supported on macOS Sierra. You best find it the update through Auto Update or on Quark’s website.

There are no known Sierra specific issues in the October Update of QX2016, the only restriction is that the new tabbed interface of Sierra is disabled in QuarkXPress.

So first create yourself a backdoor (to be able to revert), make sure QuarkXPress 2016 is updated to the October Update, upgrade OS X to Sierra, and test thoroughly whether all other tools that you need are working fine too.

 

 

And if you plan to upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, maybe now is a good time, as there’s an attractive offer available until Oct 31, 2016:
http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-us.html

 

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28. September 2016

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How to delete preferences (QuarkXPress 2016)

It is probably one of the most frequently mentioned remedies when something behaves wrong in QuarkXPress:
Delete your preferences.

And deleting preferences probably solves 90% of all problems. When preferences go defective, it can cause QuarkXPress to behave erratic, disable functionality and even crash. And one of the most frequently given answers is how to find and delete preferences, as they reside in a hidden folder on OS X / MacOS and Windows.

So, stop searching, just use the QuarkCacheCleaner to delete preferences of QuarkXPress 2016:

  1. QuarkCacheCleaner is a small application that is automatically installed in the “Tools” folder in the application folder of QuarkXPress 2016.
  2. Quit QuarkXPress and run QuarkCacheCleaner.
  3. Check to “Also delete QuarkXPress’ preferences”. It will delete cache files and preferences of QuarkXPress 2016.
    Note: This cannot be undone.

Done!

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