30. July 2014

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Quark Releases QuarkXPress 10.2

A brand new update to QuarkXPress 10 is now available. In the new release, which is QuarkXPress 10.2, Quark has addressed customer-reported issues regarding performance and image display quality. You can get the update through the Auto Updater in QuarkXPress 10 or by downloading it here. Quark has reset the QuarkXPress 10 Test Drive, so everyone can trial QuarkXPress 10.2. Download the trial here.

The update, which is free to current QuarkXPress 10 users, delivers on the advanced functionality promised with the new Xenon Graphics Engine Quark introduced with version 10. According to extensive pre-release testing, QuarkXPress 10.2 is now the fastest version of QuarkXPress, beating out QuarkXPress 9 and 10.1.

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The 10.2 update also adds new features, including the following:

  • Redlining: Track changes within QuarkXPress documents so writers, editors, project managers and other users can see what changes have been made. Using the Redline feature, teams can view the inserted and deleted text content made in a project and decide whether to accept or reject the changes.
  • Notes: Store comments in a project without affecting the actual content of the project by adding reminders and comments on the text content. A note in QuarkXPress now looks like the “sticky” notes designers and reviewers might stick to hard copy versions. Notes can also be exported as PDF notes when creating a PDF from the QuarkXPress project.
  • Superior output, ready for PDF/X-4: QuarkXPress 10.2 output passes all version 4 Ghent Workgroup Output Tests (http://www.gwg.org/download/test-suites/ghent-output-suite/), which is especially important for PDF/X-4 based workflows.
  • Anchored boxes without limit: In version 10.2 there are no limitations on nesting anchored boxes. Previous versions of QuarkXPress have a limit of two levels.
  • Import/export hyphenation exceptions: Export and import hyphenation exceptions created for a document and share the exceptions across projects to maintain uniformity. Keep track of all hyphenation exceptions by merging the exceptions into one set that can be shared across workstations. Hyphenation exceptions can be created for all 30+ languages supported by QuarkXPress and can be automatically synchronized when using Quark Job Jackets. This allows designers to edit exceptions either in QuarkXPress or in an external hyphenation exceptions file (XML). Either way, when saving or opening a connected project, hyphenation exceptions are automatically synchronized.

More on QuarkXPress 10.2 can be found here: www.quark.com/10.

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2. May 2014

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QuarkXPress Masterclass Training Series

Starting May 7, Quark is hosting a series of six free Masterclass training sessions that will highlight best practices, special key commands and other QuarkXPress tips and tricks. Each Masterclass session will be 30 minutes long and presented by a QuarkXPress expert. You can join the classes live during the broadcasts or access the video recordings later on demand.

Everyone who takes part in all six live sessions or watches all the sessions on demand will receive:

  • A personal QuarkXPress Masterclass certificate
  • The QuarkXPress Masterclass logo to promote your skills on your site or social media networks
  • Entry into a drawing for an iPad that will happen in November

The first session is next week! Learn more about each class and register here: http://goo.gl/7pzA3R.

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Arabic Text in QuarkXPress 10

28. April 2014

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Arabic Text in QuarkXPress 10

If you need to include Arabic text in a publication — either printed or in digital form — here’s the solution:
Layout Ltd.’s ArabicXT is an XTension for QuarkXPress 7/8/9/10 that lets you set bi-directional type in in the Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Jawi, and Kurdish languages, without requiring an Arabic operating system.
You can create text that flows either right-to-left or left-to-right and paragraphs that flow in opposite directions. It supports Arabic and Roman script in the same document, with automatic Kashida insertion.

ArabicXT includes 46 high-quality Arabic fonts, and costs $469. Upgrade to version 10 from 4/5/6 costs $431, upgrade from 7/8/9 costs $394.

(Further information is also available at http://www.layoutltd.com/products.php#publishing-tools)

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2. April 2014

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Quark Launches Creative Pro Bundle – Save $1000+

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If you’ve been thinking about upgrading to QuarkXPress 10, now is the time. Quark announced today a new Creative Pro Bundle offer that applies to both upgrades and new purchases of version 10. With purchases made starting April 1, for an extra $50 you can opt to receive a bundle of tools for creatives that together are worth more than $1000. The bundle includes:

Markzware ID2Q: ID2Q provides a quick, easy and affordable method of converting files from Adobe InDesign to QuarkXPress.

Corel® AfterShot™ Pro: AfterShot Pro is photo workflow solution that combines photo management, advanced non-destructive adjustments and complete RAW processing.

Monotype FontExplorer® X Pro: An intuitive interface, a reliable architecture and a powerful feature set gives you quick access and control over your fonts.

Five professional Monotype OpenType Pro Fonts: Create stunning effects by using these fonts that offer OpenType Pro features such as swashes, true small caps and fractions and discretionary ligatures.

QuarkXPress 9: Allows you to open legacy QuarkXPress files older than version 7.

To find out more you can visit: www.quark.com/CreativePro.

You will see that there are two bundle options. One includes QuarkXPress 10 plus the bundle of tools listed above. A second option for a slightly higher cost wraps in 12 months of free unlimited help desk support and a free upgrade, if a brand new version is released during your enrollment period. Of course you can also make purchases without either bundle for the standard prices.

Check out the full press announcement here.

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