Possible Fix for QuarkXPress 7 on Snow Leopard

Trim The Fat is one possible solution...

I think the biggest software challenge of this decade is how to use older software with newer operating systems. For example, let’s say you need to continue to use QuarkXPress 7 in a production environment, but you also need to buy some new Macs… which must run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

As we’ve noted in earlier posts, there can be problems when using this older version of QuarkXPress with the much newer operating system. But you bravely go forward, installing QuarkXPress 7 on Mac OS X 10.6.

Aaaand QuarkXPress constantly crashes. One possible solution that came my way recently is this:

First, use the free QuarkXPress 7.5 updater — version 7.5 is much more aware of how Snow Leopard works than version 7 was. Then, since Snow Leopard can’t run on PowerPC Macs, strip the PowerPC code from QuarkXPress using a utility such as the free TrimTheFat.

Some people have found that by removing the non-Intel code, QuarkXPress no longer crashes on the Intel-only Snow Leopard. Your mileage may vary. ;-)

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.