Designer using fonts on MacOS? This article is a must-read!

If you use your Mac professionally, you most likely also work with fonts.

Fonts are essential for designs and professional print.

And if corrupt, they can cause issues, even crash applications upon launch. Or change your output.

One of the best articles I have ever read, summarizing font usage, font management and how to solve font issues is this article by Kurt Lang. I feel it is a must-read for everyone:

http://www.jklstudios.com/misc/osxfonts.html

Kurt has been a frequent poster on Apple’s forums and is constantly updating his article. If you benefit from his article, please consider making a small contribution via PayPal.

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

IDML Import (InDesign Import) in QuarkXPress 2017

When you need to import layouts from Adobe InDesign into QuarkXPress 2016/2017, you had two possibilities:

  1. When you InDesign installed on the same machine as QuarkXPress 2016/2017, then you can copy objects in InDesign and “Paste as Native Objects” in QuarkXPress.
    This will make objects editable, bezier elements will be bezier elements, text stays text, boxes in QuarkXPress are the same as in InDesign.
  2. You can always import a PDF created from InDesign in QuarkXPress 2016/2017 and convert it to native objects. For that just create a picture box in QuarkXPress, import the PDF page you need to be converted, and right mouse click it. Choose “Convert to Native Objects”.
    This will make objects editable, bezier elements will be bezier elements, text stays text, boxes in QuarkXPress are the same as in InDesign.

Though both methods work well, on Macs and Windows PC, and make all objects editable, there are two disadvantages: Conversion is limited to one spread at a time and certain elements do not carry over, like master pages and style sheet names.

So since January 23, 2018, you have a third method in QuarkXPress 2017:

NEW: Native IDML Import in QuarkXPress 2017

Besides bug fixes, the free “January 2018 Update” to QuarkXPress 2017 adds a new feature:
IDML Import (beta).

If you are using QuarkXPress 2016, on MacOS or Windows, please run “Check for updates” to first install the free “January 2018 Update” for QuarkXPress 2017 (internal version number 13.2).

Steps to import an InDesign file into QuarkXPress

Step 1: In InDesign save the layout as IDML (File > Save As…, Format IDML):

Save as IDML (in InDesign)

If you are getting the file from a colleague or client, please ask them to do this for you. This works in InDesign CS4, CS5.x, CS6 and all InDesign CC versions.

Step 2: In QuarkXPress choose File > New > Project from IDML…

IDML Import in QuarkXPress 2017
IDML Import in QuarkXPress 2017

 

Step 3: Choose the IDML file.

And you are done! InDesign objects, text, style sheets, master pages etc. are all being converted as a new QuarkXPress layout.

What does “beta quality” mean?

Beta quality means that there are certain limitations and not all features are being converted. Most notable right now are probably tables (they just get removed) and drop shadows (they do not appear) and text that is tagged (it is removed). Read about all restrictions here: http://forums.quark.com/viewforum.php?f=62

Quark is asking you for feedback to further improve the quality of the IDML Import filter.

Video Demo

See a short demo video here:

https://youtu.be/pPdXrrtl1Ag

IDML Import available in Trial Version of QuarkXPress 2017

Even if you do not own QuarkXPress 2017 yet, you can try IDML Import (beta) in the trial version of QuarkXPress 2017:

http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Test_Drive.aspx

Feedback?

Please leave feedback here:
http://forums.quark.com/viewforum.php?f=62
or here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/quarkxpress/

 

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

What is the QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan?

As you know, QuarkXPress is subscription-free.

QuarkXPress does NOT force you to rent software: You decide whether features in a new version are worth the upgrade price. If you are happy with your current version, just continue to use it as long as you want without ever paying anything additional.

Feedback from the majority our customers is, that subscriptions are unfair. And that YOU want to decide whether a new version is worth the upgrade price (and not want to be forced to pay regardless of what features are offered).

QuarkXPress is always rent-free, no subscription!

However sometimes you prefer to pay a yearly fee and not worry about upgrade prices and when upgrades are being released. You just want to be current.

Therefore for over two decades Quark has offered an optional maintenance plan for QuarkXPress, which continues to be available. It’s called “QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan”

QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan explained

When you purchase a new license or when you upgrade you can optionally add a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan.

There are two variants of the Upgrade Plan, one that runs 12 months and one that runs 24 months.

As long as your Upgrade Plan is valid, you will receive all updates AND upgrades (major version jumps) for free.

At the end of the Upgrade Plan period, the Upgrade plan does not auto renew. A few weeks before Quark will also remind you about the Upgrade Plan due to expire. You have two options:

  1. You can either purchase a new Upgrade Plan (via Quark direct or an authorized reseller), for 12 or 24 months.
  2. Or you do not renew the Upgrade Plan. Your software will continue to run.

For example:

August 2015: You purchased QuarkXPress 2015 as an upgrade from QuarkXPress 9. You add the optional 12-month QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan.

May 2016: QuarkXPress 2016 is released. Your Upgrade Plan is still valid, so receive the upgrade of QuarkXPress 2016 FOR FREE.

July 2016: You are being reminded to renew the Upgrade Plan. You buy a new 12-month QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan via a reseller.

May 2017: QuarkXPress 2017 is released. Your 12-month Upgrade Plan is valid, so you again receive the upgrade of QuarkXPress FOR FREE.

July 2017: You are being reminded to renew the Upgrade Plan. You decide to not renew the QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan. Your software continues to run.

September 2018: Your software (QuarkXPress 2017) will continue to run.
If there’s a new version of QuarkXPress available, you can always upgrade, however you will NOT get it for free.

December 2018: Your software (QuarkXPress 2017) will continue to run.

If you do not renew the Upgrade Plan, your software will continue to run “indefinitely” (as long as you have hardware and an operating system still allowing to run your current version). At any point in time you can decide to upgrade to the current version of QuarkXPress. Optionally you can add an Upgrade Plan again.

QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan pricing

A 12-month Upgrade Plan costs $169 (plus tax if applicable), so approx. $14 per month.

An Upgrade from QuarkXPress 2016 to QuarkXPress 2017 costs $185.

There are more benefits of the Upgrade Plan, please see here: http://www.quark.com/Buy/QuarkXPress_Sales/Maintenance.aspx

Upgrade Plan for Free?

In January 2018 & February 2018 Quark is offering you a 12-month Upgrade Plan for free when you buy a new full license of QuarkXPress 2017 or an upgrade to QuarkXPress 2017.

So when you buy QuarkXPress 2017 now and Quark releases a new major version of QuarkXPress in 2018, then you will receive it FOR FREE!

QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan Promo
QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan Promo (Jan & Feb 2018)

Bottomline

You decide:

  • Whether you want to pay annually and receive upgrades for free.
  • Whether you want to look at features first and then decide if you want to spend money for the next major version.
  • Or if you want to continue to use your current version and not pay anything.

The choice is yours. Always.

 

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

Mac users: Oct 2018 some of your applications might not work anymore (but which?)

Last Friday Apple reminded everyone that “the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without compromise is macOS High Sierra”:

https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=12012017a

What does that mean?

It probably means: When you upgrade to the next version of MacOS, which Apple will most likely release end of September 2018, that some or all of your 32 bit applications will not work correctly. Or will not work at all.

As Apple has not shared more detail than what you can read above, it’s hard to predict how much 32-bit applications will be affected. Currently we just know that they will be affected.

What are your options?

So if you still have 32-bit applications that are crucial for your workflow, you have three options:

  1. Stay on your current version of MacOS:
    As Apple typically provides security patches for the current AND the last two previous version of MacOS, you will be safe using Sierra or High Sierra for 1-2 years from Oct 2018 onwards. Then you need to revisit the other two options:
  2. Virtualize your current MacOS:
    Use a virtualization service to install your current version of MacOS in a virtual machine that you can launch. Three examples are Parallels, VMware Fusion or Virtual Box. Downside of course is the additional overhead and the performance impact.
    And you should not connect the virtual machine to the network/Internet once Apple doesn’t provide security patches for it anymore.
    Virtualization might be the only way though if you are using applications that your clients still use. Or where the application is not further developed and there’s no alternative on the market.
  3. Upgrade your 32-bit application to a newer version being 64-bit or use a different application that’s 64-bit:
    For example, upgrade QuarkXPress 9 to at least QuarkXPress 2015. Or upgrade Photoshop CS5 to at least CS6. Or switch to a different image editing application like Affinity Photo.

You still have until September 2018 to make up your mind. Just don’t wait until the last second.

How to find out which of your applications are still 32-bit?

To find out which applications might be affected, you need to find out which applications are not yet 64-bit. Here’s how to easily find out:

  1. Hold the option key, go to Apple menu and choose the first menu item (now called “System Information…”)
  2. In the sidebar of System Information navigate down to “Software > Applications” and select it.

  3. Wait for a few seconds (time depends on how many applications you have installed)

  4. You will see all applications installed. Click on the column “64 Bit” to sort for “No”

Now you will see ALL applications that are not yet 64-bit as well as – further down – all applications that are already 64-bit.

Which version of QuarkXPress is 64-bit?

QuarkXPress 7, 8, 9 and 10 are not 64-bit.

QuarkXPress 2015, 2016 and 2017 are 64-bit.

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.

What to look out for when installing High Sierra (and how to revert)

MacOS High Sierra (OS X 10.13), the new version of macOS, is planned to be released on Sep 25, 2017.

The temptation is huge to try it, see what’s new and benefit from the newest features and possibilities of Apple’s newest OS.

Learning from the past?

However there is also a risk: In the past we have seen that some applications did not work well (or at all) on new versions of OS X. With El Capitan, many music applications took months to support it, as Apple changed some underlying technologies needed for them to work.

And though QuarkXPress was certified and officially supported just nine days after the release of El Capitan, some 3rd party XTensions (plug-ins) had some issues.

So to state the obvious: A new OS can potentially stop you from producing/working. Especially with High Sierra, introducing a new file system called APFS.

 

What’s best practice to install/use macOS High Sierra?

It’s quite easy:

  1. If you have a “play system”, use that to test macOS High Sierra and all applications critical for your workflow.
  2. In any case, always have a backup or better a clone available (and create them before you upgrade to macOS High Sierra)
  3. Create yourself a backdoor to be able to revert to your previous macOS:
    http://www.planetquark.com/2015/09/28/how-to-create-yourself-a-backdoor-to-downgrade-os-x/

 

Remember, out-of-the-box there is no possibility to revert to your previous version of macOS, so you either need to create a backup via Time Machine and other methods. Or – better – use the above mentioned tip to create yourself a backdoor, as it is much more convenient by allowing you to work with both setups and revert immediately should you decide to do so.

 

When will QuarkXPress support macOS High Sierra?

Though we do not know of any critical issues of QuarkXPress 2017 with the pre-release of macOS High Sierra, Quark cannot foresee what Apple might still change between the last beta and the final version. Therefore Quark needs to wait until Apple releases macOS High Sierra and then test QuarkXPress 2017 on the release version of macOS High Sierra.

As Apple announced the release of High Sierra for September 25, we have scheduled an Update for QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017 for October 6. These updates will add support for High Sierra to QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017.

Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people.

Before joining Quark, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. Since 1997 he has played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop and enterprise software.
Starting 2003 Matthias has focused on Quark’s interactive and digital publishing solutions. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represents Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.

Since February 2014 Matthias heads Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit and is therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.