QuarkXPress 7.5 Update Released

Apparently skipping version 7.4 altogether, Quark has released an update to QuarkXPress 7, bringing it to version 7.5. (The latest, previous version is 7.31.)

A list of 26 resolved issues is posted at www.quark.com/products/xpress/75issuesresolved.html. Some of the problems that have been fixed include:

  • If Auto Save is enabled, a project’s file size increases for no obvious reason.
  • PDF import can be slow, especially on network volumes.
  • If you open a project that uses fonts that must be activated by a font management utility, the fonts might not be applied correctly in the project.
  • You cannot create PostScript output of a layout with a text box that contains more than 65,536 characters.
  • During spell check, QuarkXPress supplies incorrect suggestions for numeric dates, such as “1940’s” and “1950s.”
  • When you enter text manually, a delay occurs before the text displays.
  • Anchored items on hidden layers are sometimes visible on output.

As with every update, there are still some existing issues that Quark hasn’t been able to fix yet. The only item in that list is:

  • Due to changes in hyphenation rules, Russian text in projects created in QuarkXPress versions 7 through 7.31 may reflow when opened in QuarkXPress 7.5.

You can download the updater for Mac OS and Windows at www.quark.com/products/xpress/75update.html.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

13 thoughts on “QuarkXPress 7.5 Update Released

  1. Larry Platt

    Quark 7.5 on my Mac Pro (Leopard) won’t autosave. What’s the deal here? I don’t care about file bloat; autosave is far more important. (I’ll be reconstructing nearly an entire project while I’m waiting for a reply.)

  2. Jay Nelson

    Ouch! When you say it won’t autosave, what exactly doesn’t it do? I mean, if you turn on Auto Save in the Open and Save Preferences, what is the result?

  3. Michael Butts


    I updated to Quark 7.5 and now I cannot copy or cut using the selection tools. when I try to copy the program crashes and the Quark bug reporter comes up. I have sent it in and I have contacted Quark support but have not heard back yet.

    I can copy text or picture box content and paste it, but I cannot select any box and copy it. It also crashes if you try to drag objects from one quark file to another.

    I am running OS X 10.4.11 on a G5 Power PC

    if the problem can’t be fixed I guess I’ll have to reinstall and re-upgrade to 7.3.1.

  4. Jay Nelson

    Wow… I hope Quark’s tech support can solve your problem. I haven’t heard of the problem you’ve described. Has anyone else out there seen this before?

  5. I am seeing the same problem. Running Vista Business SP1 (yes, I am a glutton for punishment), and Quark 7.5. Attempting to copy an object causes the app to crash and opens the bug reporter. If I copy the contents of a picture or text box, I am ok.

    Very frustrating.

  6. Carolyn

    I had the same issue (not being able to copy and paste items, boxes, etc.). VERY frustrating. I found it was the extension “TypeTricks.” If you disable that through the extensions manager, it should work…

    Hope this helps!

  7. Hank Goldman

    I can’t believe it took me this long to find PLANET QUARK! People who actually have some idea of (a) what they are talking about, and (b) just exactly what the heck it is I DO all day!
    Thanks for being here (actually; There!).
    –Hank Goldman, Goldman Advertising NYC

  8. I had a similar problems in 7.31 when ever selecting grouped objects it would crash. Hope this doesn’t happen with the 7.5 upgrade. Will be sure to turn of the “type tricks”

  9. O.K. just updated to 7.5 and still crashing when selecting grouped objects! I’m pissed now!!!

  10. Jay Nelson

    Hank: Thanks! I was away and missed your message. We try :-)

  11. Jay Nelson

    Myles: I think you should contact Quark about your grouping problem. They are quite helpful these days.

  12. John

    I am running Quark 7.1 and am getting a runtime error. Will the 7.5 update fix this issue?

  13. Jay Nelson

    John: I don’t know the answer, but why not get the free upgrade to 7.5 and see? It may fix other problems as well.

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