QuarkXPress on El Capitan

Thu, Oct 1, 2015

Quark, QuarkXPress 2015

EDIT: On October 9 Quark released the El Capitan Update for QuarkXPress 2015, so this article is obsolete. Please read this instead: http://www.planetquark.com/2015/10/09/quarkxpress2015-on-el-capitan/

On Sep 30, 2015, Apple released OS X El Capitan, also know as OS X 10.11.

Unfortunately as El Capitan handles some mouse movements differently than OS X versions before, QuarkXPress 10 and the current version of QuarkXPress 2015 crash once you move the mouse cursor over a palette.

So please do not use QuarkXPress on El Capitan for production yet.

Quark has a compatible version of QuarkXPress 2015 in pre-release tests which is ready to be released in October.

However as the release version of OS X El Capitan is a slightly newer version than the Golden Master Candidate, which Apple distributed several weeks ago, Quark is currently rechecking this new update of QuarkXPress 2015 with the release version of El Capitan.

If there are no surprises, Quark will release a QuarkXPress 2015 Update compatible to El Capitan within the next three weeks, so before October 22, 2015. That’s also the same time frame that it took Quark the past three years to make QuarkXPress officially support the newest version of OS X, so it looks like also this year it’ll stay within this time-frame.

Quark will inform you all once the El Capitan Update to QuarkXPress 2015 has been released. And of course this is a free update for QuarkXPress 2015.

And Quark will NOT support using versions before QuarkXPress 2015 on El Capitan. We do know of a crash bug of QuarkXPress 10 on El Capitan that we are currently looking into fixing. However, we will not support QuarkXPress 10 on El Capitan.

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4 Responses to “QuarkXPress on El Capitan”

  1. Andrew Lowe Says:

    All very well Quark saying they won’t support older versions of Quark – I use Quark 15, but I have clients still running 8 and 9 who won’t upgrade, so I need to be able to use 10 and 9 in order to backsave to files my clients can use. Therefor the limitations of Quark prevent me from changing my OS to El Capitan.
    Or life would be a lot simpler if Quark could just backsave to older versions than the one immediately preceding.

  2. Matthias Guenther Says:

    Hi Andrew,

    “Not support” does not mean “will not run”. I have QuarkXPress 8, 9, 10, 2015 and 2016 running on my El Capitan machine.

    The biggest hurdle is the Installer for QuarkXPress 8 and 9, as it doesn’t recognize Apple’s version count correctly. A migrated copy will run though.

    And for QuarkXPress 10 we are offering an unsupported version that does not crash on El Capitan: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=328

    Does this help? Thanks!

  3. GrahamSoutham Says:

    Hi Matthias
    So you say Quark 8 works fine on El Capitan. Will it also work on 10.12 Sierra? I’m currently on 10.7.5 Lion and using my old quark 7.3 and have 8 on my iMac. I need to upgrade as everything is getting clunky and things are starting to not work anymore, or will soon be. So wondering if to upgrade completely to Sierra with quark 2017 but as I’m using it a few hours a month the cost is putting me off, or if my 7.3 or 8 will work fine on El Capitan… but I don’t understand what you mean by a migrated copy? Thanks

  4. Matthias Guenther Says:

    I wouldn’t say “works fine”, as there are UI issues and other hiccups. And I didn’t test it thoroughly, as it is a non-supported combination.
    What DEFINITELY does not work is the installer, that’s why you need to migrate it. Either by having QXP7 installed and then upgrade the OS. Or use Apple’s migration assistant to migrate from an old computer to a new one.
    Does that make sense? Thanks.

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