Quark announced today that QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released on May 24, 2016:
If you want to be reminded what’s new in QuarkXPress 2016, then please see here:
For me, there are two features that are especially noteworthy, as they can change the way you work:
- Copy objects from other applications into QuarkXPress 2016 as editable objects
- HTML5 Publications – publish web publications with app-like effects at NO EXTRA COST
Quick word about these:
Copy Objects as Native (Editable) Objects
You have an Excel pie chart that you need to adjust: Convert colors from RGB to CMYK, make sure blacks are black, want to adjust the pie pieces, add a drop shadow. And so on.
Or have a path in Illustrator or a complex graphic that you need to adjust.
Or you have received last year’s brochure from a client and the brochure needs adjustments. However it was probably created in MS Publisher and all they have is the PDF.
With QuarkXPress 2016: Easy. Just copy them over (e.g. copy the pie chart in Excel, switch to QuarkXPress 2016, paste as native objects; and work with them as if you had created them in QuarkXPress. If copy & paste doesn’t work – e.g. as you just received a PDF file – just import the PDF into a picture box, right mouse click it and “Convert to Native Objects”. Done.
HTML5 Publications – at no extra cost
Do you find PDFs in a browser too boring or having a bad user experience? Want to publish your content – originally designed for Print – on your website as a publication? Add audio, video, sound? However you do not have the business case to pay a conversion fee or – worse – justify reoccurring costs (monthly fees, download fees)?
When you have QuarkXPress 2016: Easy. Just convert your Print layout or create a new Digital layout from scratch. Add interactive effects (or just leave it static). Export as HTML5 Publication. You will receive a folder of HTML5 (with all your typography, images, design etc. All web ready). Upload to your webserver (or quickly rent one). Done. No system or cloud service needed.
(Of course a hosted web server will most likely cost you a small fee if you don’t already have one)
And if your design was done in a different application, e.g. from Adobe, Corel, Microsoft etc. or just exists as PDF? Just combine both features ;-)
Just see for yourself!