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.

Where is the free QuarkXPress Document Converter?

 

QuarkXPress Document Converter is a small application that converts documents created by QuarkXPress 3, 4, 5 and 6 to the version 9 format, so that QuarkXPress 10 and higher can open documents last saved by one of those versions.

In other words, you only need it if you have documents older than QuarkXPress 7 and want to open them in a modern version of QuarkXPress. You can find more details and more reasons why you need QuarkXPress Document Converter here: http://www.planetquark.com/2016/08/15/what-is-the-free-quarkxpress-document-converter/

 

Download the free QuarkXPress Document Converter here:

QuarkXPress Document Converter is a free download. The newest version is always available here:

 

And when you are using QuarkXPress 2016 or 2017, no need to remember the URL:

You can easily access the download link by choosing the Help menu.

Download once and then use it any time you need it. Remember, the QuarkXPress Document Converter can even batch convert complete disks and folders to the newer v9 format.

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.

How to see previews of QuarkXPress documents – even without having QuarkXPress running or installed

QuickLook / Quick View images and other files

Often you need to see a preview of documents that you have on Mac. With images that’s easy, by setting the right preferences MacOS / OS X will show you thumbnails of images and even previews when you select an image and hit the spacebar.

That’s possible because Apple built an interesting technology into MacOS / OS X called QuickLook.

QuickLook can either create or extract previews in certain file types and present them to you, so that it is easier to find out whether it is the right file.

JPG, PDF, movies, audio files, text files and many more.

What about QuarkXPress documents?

You might not have QuarkXPress running or need to visually see a QuarkXPress document on a Mac where you do not have QuarkXPress installed.

On Macs, where you have QuarkXPress installed, this is easy, just hit the spacebar. As QuarkXPress will have installed a QuickLook plug-in on first launch, Finder can show you thumbnails and previews of QuarkXPress documents.

On Macs, where you do not have QuarkXPress installed, you can install a free QuickLook plug-in (made by Quark) to also see previews and thumbnails of QuarkXPress documents. Here’s an extract of an article on forums.quark.com:

Free QuickLook plug-in to preview QuarkXPress projects
This will allow you to see thumbnails of QuarkXPress Projects (.qxp) in Finder and also provide a QuickLook preview.
This works for .qxp files created with QuarkXPress 7, 8, 9, 10, 2015 and 2016; regardless whether you have QuarkXPress installed or not.

1. Download the zipped QuickLook plug-in: Click to download QXP QuickLook plug-in

2. Unzip it.(Unzip by double-clicking the downloaded file.)

3. Navigate to folder /Library/QuickLook/(That’s the main ‘Library’ folder on your Macintosh HD.)

4. Put the QuickLook plug-in into this folder.(So copy the file ‘QuarkXPress.qlgenerator’ there. Finder will probably ask you for permission. If you already find one in there, replace it.)

5. Log off and log on again.

(To test whether it works, you can download a sample QXP file: Click to download sample QXP)

And what about “exotic” file formats?

If you have other file formats that you often need to preview and out-of-the-box MacOS doesn’t handle them, then have a look at the following great site, it lists all known QuickLook plug-ins – free and commercial – available for MacOS / OS X:

http://www.quicklookplugins.com/

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.

QuarkXPress supported on macOS Sierra

Good news, both, QuarkXPress 2015 and QuarkXPress 2016 are now supported on macOS Sierra.

sierra

QuarkXPress 8, 9 and 10 – run at own risk

Even better, though QuarkXPress 10 is not officially supported on Sierra, it runs fairly well on 10.12.

And also older versions of QuarkXPress, I briefly tried 8 and 9, run with minor issues on macOS Sierra. However if you need to install fresh, that’s not straight forward and we did hear from some users that they experienced larger issues. So it might be a very individual experience.

Just remember, these previous versions of QuarkXPress are not officially supported on Sierra and therefore not tested by Quark on Sierra.

So you run it at your own risk after intensive tests please. If you are looking for information on which operating these versions were certified, please read here: http://forums.quark.com/viewtopic.php?f=56&t=27713

QuarkXPress 2015 – supported with known issues

If you are using QuarkXPress 2015 on Sierra, which is an officially supported combination of QuarkXPress and operating system, then please be aware that this is supported with a few known Sierra specific issues. You can read about the known issues here: http://files.quark.com/download/documentation/QuarkXPress/2015/English/QXP%202015%20July%20Update%20Known%20and%20Resolved%20Issues_en-us.pdf

So before upgrading to macOS Sierra, please read about the known issues on Sierra, decide then whether running QX2015 on Sierra is what you want to do, first create yourself a backdoor, and then upgrade and test.

QuarkXPress 2016 – fully supported

So just 13 days after the initial release of Sierra, Quark supports Apple’s newest operating system.

QuarkXPress 2016 October Update is fully supported on macOS Sierra. You best find it the update through Auto Update or on Quark’s website.

There are no known Sierra specific issues in the October Update of QX2016, the only restriction is that the new tabbed interface of Sierra is disabled in QuarkXPress.

So first create yourself a backdoor (to be able to revert), make sure QuarkXPress 2016 is updated to the October Update, upgrade OS X to Sierra, and test thoroughly whether all other tools that you need are working fine too.

 

 

And if you plan to upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016, maybe now is a good time, as there’s an attractive offer available until Oct 31, 2016:
http://content.quark.com/productivity-bundle-us.html

 

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.

Three Reasons Why You Will Need the Free QuarkXPress Document Converter

A few days ago Quark released the free QuarkXPress Document Converter 1.2.

Here’s when you need the QuarkXPress Document Converter, which is available for OS X and Windows:

1) Convert legacy documents when using a newer version of QuarkXPress

In 2006, so with QuarkXPress 7, Quark modernized the type method of QuarkXPress. So QuarkXPress 7 was the first version to support OpenType functionality of fonts and also uses Unicode to address an kind of glyph in QuarkXPress.

For compatibility reasons, QuarkXPress 7, 8 & 9 continued to carry the older methods, so non-Unicode type and old hyphenation methods and type code not suitable for modern needs.

In 2013, so seven years later, Quark decided to cut out the old code, making QuarkXPress leaner, faster and truly modern.

However, that meant also that QuarkXPress 10 could not open documents that had been last saved by QuarkXPress 6 or before. For that reason Quark released the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, which converts the legacy documents to version 9 documents, which of course can be directly opened with QuarkXPress 10, 2015 and 2016.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Document Converter if you use QuarkXPress 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents last saved by QuarkXPress 6 or before.

QXP3.3

2) Remove Pasteboard XT references

In the early 90’s an independent XTension developer released Pasteboard XT. While the idea was great, to extend the space of the pasteboard in QuarkXPress, it unfortunately registered itself as a “required XTension”. Meaning that if you had the XTension enabled, every document that you saved also required it, even if you didn’t make use of its functionality. It soon was the first (and only) QuarkXPress “virus” ever.

Though an Pasteboard XTerminator was released a few years later, still many legacy documents, especially from version 4 and 5, carry the flag that Pasteboard XT is needed to be opened. And as nowadays the XTension doesn’t exist anymore, they cannot be opened anymore. Unless you use the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, which can remove the reference and allow you to open these documents with QuarkXPress 9 or higher.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Converter if you use QuarkXPress 9, 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents that contain references to the Pasteboard XT and you don’t use Pasteboard XT.

pasteboard

3) Remove Web layouts and Flash layouts

In 2002 with version 5 QuarkXPress first added digital publishing capabilities, introducing an HTML4 authoring and export capability. A web layout was a separate layout type that you could create alongside with print layouts. With QuarkXPress 7 you could also author and export Flash layouts (SWF).

The world has progressed and nowadays nobody wants to create HTML4 and Flash (SWF) anymore. QuarkXPress 2016 offers more modern formats for digital publishing, so HTML5 Publications, native Apps for Android and iOS and eBooks (in ePub and Kindle format). Thus the former, HTML4-based web layout and Interactive (Flash) layouts have been discontinued with QuarkXPress 10 and higher.

So if you want to open a project that contains a Print layout along with e.g. a Flash layout, QuarkXPress 10, 2015 and 2016 cannot open it. THus use the free QuarkXPress Document Converter, as it can remove Web layouts and Flash layouts out of projects with Print layouts. Afterwards you can open the project ad have all Print layouts available in QuarkXPress 10, 2015 or 2016.

Bottomline: Use the QuarkXPress Converter if you use QuarkXPress 10, 2105 or 2016 and need to open documents that contain print layouts along with web layouts or Flash layouts.

QXP9_layouttypes

 

Have millions of layouts that need to be converted?

If you have numerous documents that need to be converted, QuarkXPress Document Converter makes it easy for you: Instead of converting each document step-by-step, just point QuarkXPress Document Converter to a folder containing QuarkXPress documents. QuarkXPress Document Converter will convert them all in one go.

And of course QuarkXPress Document Converter will not overwrite your existing files, it will create new ones with the same name and adding “_v9” to their file names.

QDC_1.2

 

Download QuarkXPress Document Converter 1.2 for free

OS X: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=289

Windows: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/Details.aspx?fid=288

 

(If you use Version 1.2 of QuarkXPress Document Converter, then it will also alert you of newer versions using Quark Update.)

QuarkUpdate

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.