15. August 2016


Three Reasons Why You Will Need the Free QuarkXPress Document Converter

A few days ago Quark released the free QuarkXPress Document Converter 1.2.

Here’s when you need the QuarkXPress Document Converter, which is available for OS X and Windows:

1) Convert legacy documents when using a newer version of QuarkXPress

In 2006, so with QuarkXPress 7, Quark modernized the type method of QuarkXPress. So QuarkXPress 7 was the first version to support OpenType functionality of fonts and also uses Unicode to address an kind of glyph in QuarkXPress.

For compatibility reasons, QuarkXPress 7, 8 & 9 continued to carry the older methods, so non-Unicode type and old hyphenation methods and type code not suitable for modern needs.

In 2013, so seven years later, Quark decided to cut out the old code, making QuarkXPress leaner, faster and truly modern.

However, that meant also that QuarkXPress 10 could not open documents that had been last saved by QuarkXPress 6 or before. For that reason Quark released the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, which converts the legacy documents to version 9 documents, which of course can be directly opened with QuarkXPress 10, 2015 and 2016.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Document Converter if you use QuarkXPress 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents last saved by QuarkXPress 6 or before.


2) Remove Pasteboard XT references

In the early 90’s an independent XTension developer released Pasteboard XT. While the idea was great, to extend the space of the pasteboard in QuarkXPress, it unfortunately registered itself as a “required XTension”. Meaning that if you had the XTension enabled, every document that you saved also required it, even if you didn’t make use of its functionality. It soon was the first (and only) QuarkXPress “virus” ever.

Though an Pasteboard XTerminator was released a few years later, still many legacy documents, especially from version 4 and 5, carry the flag that Pasteboard XT is needed to be opened. And as nowadays the XTension doesn’t exist anymore, they cannot be opened anymore. Unless you use the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, which can remove the reference and allow you to open these documents with QuarkXPress 9 or higher.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Converter if you use QuarkXPress 9, 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents that contain references to the Pasteboard XT and you don’t use Pasteboard XT.


3) Remove Web layouts and Flash layouts

In 2002 with version 5 QuarkXPress first added digital publishing capabilities, introducing an HTML4 authoring and export capability. A web layout was a separate layout type that you could create alongside with print layouts. With QuarkXPress 7 you could also author and export Flash layouts (SWF).

The world has progressed and nowadays nobody wants to create HTML4 and Flash (SWF) anymore. QuarkXPress 2016 offers more modern formats for digital publishing, so HTML5 Publications, native Apps for Android and iOS and eBooks (in ePub and Kindle format). Thus the former, HTML4-based web layout and Interactive (Flash) layouts have been discontinued with QuarkXPress 10 and higher.

So if you want to open a project that contains a Print layout along with e.g. a Flash layout, QuarkXPress 10, 2015 and 2016 cannot open it. THus use the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, as it can remove Web layouts and Flash layouts out of projects with Print layouts. Afterwards you can open the project ad have all Print layouts available in QuarkXPress 10, 2015 or 2016.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Converter if you use QuarkXPress 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents that contain print layouts along with web layouts or Flash layouts.



Have millions of layouts that need to be converted?

If you have numerous documents that need to be converted, QuarkXPress Document Converter makes it easy for you: Instead of converting each document step-by-step, just point QuarkXPress Document Converter to a folder containing QuarkXPress documents. QuarkXPress Document Converter will convert them all in one go.

And of course QuarkXPress Document Converter will not overwrite your existing files, it will create new ones with the same name and adding “_v9” to their file names.



Download QuarkXPress Document Converter 1.2 for free

OS X: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=289

Windows: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=288


(If you use Version 1.2 of QuarkXPress Document Converter, then it will also alert you of newer versions using Quark Update.)


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8. July 2016


How to put text on a circular path

Often users ask how to create text on a circular path.

Here are five easy steps how to do it in QuarkXPress 2016 (and earlier versions):

  1. Choose the Circle (Oval) Box Tool and create an oval or circle
  2. Use the Item > Style menu to change the circular box to a bezier shape
  3. Select the Text Content Tool and double click the circle
  4. Now you can type text onto the shape
  5. Center it and adjust it to fit



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6. July 2016


Import all pages of a PDF file into QuarkXPress

Need to import all pages of a PDF into QuarkXPress 2015/2016 in one go?

Look no further, as Creationauts has released an XTension to QuarkXPress 2015 and 2016 that does exactly that:

PDF Importer Basic and PDF Importer Pro are available for QuarkXPress on Mac and on Windows and allow you to specify which pages of a PDF file you want to import. Of course you can also import all pages of the PDF document.

The “Pro” variant additionally allows you to convert PDF objects into editable objects. So needless to say that this requires QuarkXPress 2016 then.

Both XTensions are available at a very competitive price, $9.99 for the PDF Importer Basic and $19.99 for PDF Importer Pro.

If you like it, please hurry, as Creationauts runs a promo until July 15th, 2016, where Basic just costs $1.99 and Pro just $9.99.


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1. July 2016


Help to build the QuarkXPress wishlist!

QuarkXPress users have always been very passionate. So it is no surprise that there exist many enhancement wishes for future versions of QuarkXPress, from small improvements to large feature requests.

In order to give the individual enhancements the right priority, in 2014 Quark conducted a survey to have users rank the wishlist (by individual importance).

The result of the ranking drove the development of QuarkXPress 2015 and 2016.

For example, in 2014 PDF/X-4, larger page size, footnotes/endnotes, multi-color gradients and color picker (eyedropper tool) had been ranked in the TOP 20 and therefore were built into the last two versions.

Of course there will be a few features where Quark will add some new innovations, like in QuarkXPress 2016 with HTML5 Publications and Convert PDF to Editable Objects.

And now Quark is asking you again, though there is no major new version on the horizon yet.

Remember, it’s pre-ranking time, so it is building the wishlist currently, meaning Quark is asking you, which features should be put on the ranking ballot.

So please participate.

Of course if you have submitted a wishlist item before, through tech support, Quark’s forums or social media sites or over the phone, these are already on the wishlist.


Enter your suggestion here please:


(also visit this link if you are just curious what others are asking to see in future versions)

Though there can’t be any guarantee that your feature wish will be implemented, the past experience shows that Quark let you – the users of QuarkXPress – set the majority of QuarkXPress’ roadmap.


Thank you!

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