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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22. September 2016

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New QuarkXPress 2016 Bundle Offer Available – Customers Save More Than $270 until October 31

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Quark Software Inc. announced on September 20 a new software bundle that will save designers more than $290* when upgrading to QuarkXPress 2016. The bundle offer allows users with any previous version of QuarkXPress – even versions 3 through 10 – who upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016 to receive a set of four powerful productivity tools worth more than $290, including:

  • IDML Import XT (worth $69.99 – Mac only): Import and edit InDesign IDML files with QuarkXPress
  • JoLetter Mail and Merge XT (worth $129.00 – Mac/Win): Create mailings and personalized layouts in QuarkXPress from external databases
  • PDF Importer XT PRO (worth $19.99 – Mac/Win): Automatically import and convert PDFs to multi-page QuarkXPress layouts with native QuarkXPress objects
  • PortraitPro 12 Standard (worth $79.90 – Mac/Win): Retouch portrait photos in minutes

The Productivity Bundle is available until October 31, 2016 with every new full version ($849**) or upgrade ($179** from version 2015; $349** from versions 3-10) to QuarkXPress 2016.

To find out more or to purchase please visit:

Americas: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-us.html
UK: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-gb.html
France: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-fr.html
Germany: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-de.html
Italy: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-it.html
Europe: http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-en.html

*Users on Mac OS X will receive software worth more than $290/€270/£220. Users on Windows will receive software worth more than $220/€210/£170 as IDML Import XT is only available for Mac.
**QuarkXPress prices not including tax.

Upgrade to or Purchase QuarkXPress 2016
To purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, visit the Quark eStore, call Quark Telesales at 1.800.676.4575 – option 3, or visit an Authorized Quark Reseller.

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8. September 2016

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How to safely install macOS Sierra (and revert if needed)

Yesterday Apple announced the release date of the newest version of its OS, not called OS X anymore, but macOS instead.

The new macOS Sierra (10.12) will be released on Sep 20, 2016.

The temptation is huge to try it, see what’s new and benefit from the newest features and possibilities of Apple’s newest OS.

 

Learning from the past?

However there is also a risk: In the past we have seen that some applications did not work well (or at all) on new versions of OS X. With El Capitan, many music applications took months to support it, as Apple changed some underlying technologies needed for them to work.

And though QuarkXPress was certified and officially supported just nine days after the release of El Capitan, some 3rd party XTensions (plug-ins) had some issues.

So to state the obvious: A new OS can potentially stop you from producing/working.

 

What’s best practice to install/use macOS Sierra?

It’s quite easy:

  1. If you have a “play system”, use that to test macOS Sierra and all applications critical for your workflow.
  2. In any case, always have a backup or better a clone available (and create them before you upgrade to macOS Sierra)
  3. Create yourself a backdoor to be able to revert to your previous OS X:
    http://www.planetquark.com/2015/09/28/how-to-create-yourself-a-backdoor-to-downgrade-os-x/

 

Remember, out-of-the-box there is no possibility to revert to your previous version of OS X, so you either need to create a backup via Time Machine and other methods. Or – better – use the above mentioned tip to create yourself a backdoor, as it is much more convenient by allowing you to work with both setups and revert immediately should you decide to do so.

 

When will QuarkXPress support macOS Sierra?

Though we do not know of any critical issues of QuarkXPress 2016 with the pre-release of macOS Sierra, Quark cannot foresee what Apple might still change between now and shipping. Therefore Quark needs to wait until Apple releases macOS Sierra (on Sep 20) and then test QuarkXPress 2016 on the release version of macOS Sierra. That will typically take 2-3 weeks, though it migth be faster (as written, last year it took just nine days). Afterwards Quark can certify and officially support QuarkXPress 2016 on Sierra, which might coincide with a new update of QuarkXPress.

 

What about the new file system (APFS) of macOS Sierra?

Apple also will feature a new file system in Sierra, APFS. APFS sounds amazing and promises to give features that will help to ensure data safe and speed up operations.

However currently (Sep 8, 2016) Apple lists a lot of restrictions in APFS still and classes it as a Developer Preview:

https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/FileManagement/Conceptual/APFS_Guide/FAQ/FAQ.html

Apple writes there:

What are the limitations of Apple File System in macOS Sierra?

macOS Sierra includes a Developer Preview release of Apple File System. As a Developer Preview, it has several limitations:

  • Startup Disk: An APFS-formatted volume cannot be used as a startup disk.
  • Case Sensitivity: Filenames are case-sensitive only.
  • Time Machine: Time Machine backups are not supported.
  • FileVault: APFS-formatted volumes cannot be encrypted using FileVault.
  • Fusion Drive: Apple File System cannot use Fusion Drives.

Apple further writes: “Apple plans to release Apple File System as a bootable file system in 2017.”

So until Apple doesn’t class APFS as “production quality” and Quark has been able to test a production quality release, for now QuarkXPress will NOT support APFS. Until then, please use a backup when you test APFS in your production environment.

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15. August 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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