23. May 2016

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QuarkXPress 2016 is available now

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QuarkXPress 2016 has been released

More info here: http://quark.com/2016

Press release here: http://www.quark.com/en/About_Quark/Press/PressDetail.aspx?ncid=2196

 

If you want to try it, here’s the Test Drive (trial version):
http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Test_Drive.aspx

Download the 3-day-trial immediately or request the 30-day-trial.

 

Let us know what you think please.

 

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23. May 2016

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Quick guide to HTML5 Publications

The new HTML5 Publications in QuarkXPress 2016 can give you a similar experience as apps just in a browser.

Maybe you had used App Studio apps, Adobe DPS apps, Twixl apps or any other system/solution before and like the power that native apps can deliver. However, maybe your business model doesn’t allow reoccurring payments or download fees.

That’s where HTML5 Publications can maybe be a solution for you, they work almost like apps, just they play in a web browser. That has one huge advantage, you are not limited to mobile devices (works on OS X and Windows too). The disadvantage may be that if you need a store front, you have to implement this yourself.

HTML5 Publications do not create any additional costs, all you need – besides QuarkXPress 2016 – is a web server where you host them, which probably will cost you some fees. Of course you can use your existing webserver that you may have.

Three steps to convert a print layout into HTML5 Publications

  1. In QuarkXPress 2016 choose menu “Layout > Duplicate” and duplicate it as a “Digital” layout (not “Print”):
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  2. Preview using the button in the lower left corner of the document window
    OR Export (using “File > Export > As HTML5 Publication”):
    Step2
  3. Put the exported folder on a web server (e.g. via FTP):
    Step3

Of course if you do not want to start with Print, you can also create a digital layout from scratch.

And if you want to make your HTML5 Publication more interactive, add a step 2a) in between: Open HTML5 palette and add enrichments:
HTML5 Palette

 

Enjoy!

 

Can’t see your publication? Don’t double click index.html, it won’t work:

http://forums.quark.com/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=28610

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23. May 2016

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First book about QuarkXPress 2016 now available

The first book about QuarkXPress 2016 is now available, so even before QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released tomorrow (May 24).

You can order it through Amazon US or Amazon UK and other national sites from amazon.

The interesting thing is that this book is not only about QuarkXPress, it is also about design and brand considerations, about print processes and about finishing. So definitely an interesting read, I can highly recommend it.

Martin, the author of the book, who is also an author for Planet Quark, says about it:

““Over the years, I’ve seen dozens of designers, some straight from college, some hardened veterans, whose work came to a halt because they lacked some crucial piece of knowledge. In this book, I have tried to include the answers to all of their questions, and to uncover the richer possibilities that QuarkXPress 2016 offers. Its new features—especially native import and HTML5 publishing—allow us to be more productive, more creative and more satisfied in our work. Whether in print or online, more than ever before, QuarkXPress 2016 gives us the power to delight the eye and intrigue the mind.”

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12. May 2016

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QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released on May 24

Quark announced today that QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released on May 24, 2016:
http://quark.com/en/About_Quark/Press/PressDetail.aspx?ncid=2189

If you want to be reminded what’s new in QuarkXPress 2016, then please see here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXedOct8sKnbND5sUWN7xnDmzh52Lqy2M

 

For me, there are two features that are especially noteworthy, as they can change the way you work:

  1. Copy objects from other applications into QuarkXPress 2016 as editable objects
  2. 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!

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