21. June 2017


Largest community college newspaper is designed with QuarkXPress

Campus News, the largest community college newspaper in the world, is designed using the professional desktop publishing software QuarkXPress.

It’s a wonderful program,” publisher Darren Johnson, who also is a college communications faculty member, said. “I teach Adobe InDesign, but prefer QuarkXPress in my professional life. It’s faster, more intuitive and creates a perfect PDF. Campus News wouldn’t have survived for so long without it.

Campus News is an award-winning publication that hits 37 campuses in the Northeast, proving print isn’t dead among younger people.


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14. June 2017


Are you using a dongle? – Are subscriptions the new dongles?

Back in 1997 QuarkXPress introduced a dongle. A dongle is small piece of hardware that controls the legitimate use of the software. It wasn’t a good idea. Therefore Quark stopped using dongles in 2002.

And legitimate users hated dongles, as didn’t appear to be fair. The main reasons probably were:

  • If your dongle broke or there was any technical issue with the connection, you could not use the software anymore.
  • If you didn’t have the dongle, you were locked out of your work, what you created, what you own. As the software wouldn’t start anymore.
  • If there were technical changes in the environment, e.g. when Macs and PCs changed to USB, you could not use your software anymore.
  • If years later you wanted to access your archive, you probably couldn’t, as there was no way to connect the dongle anymore.
  • If you lost your dongle, years later you could not open your work anymore, as the software vendor didn’t offer new dongles anymore.
  • If you switched machines, you had to take your dongle with you.


Nowadays several software vendors praise subscriptions (basically a rental model) as the best model for users.


Is there a difference between subscriptions and dongles?

A software subscription seems to do have the following issues:

  • If your connection to the internet brakes or your computer has other issues connecting to the subscription server, you cannot use the software anymore.
  • If you do not have the subscription anymore (e.g. as you switched to a better, different product) and you want to access your work (what you created and own), you cannot open the files.
    You are locked out (sure, you could just renew your subscription)
  • If there are price changes in the future, e.g. double the price for the subscription, you are forced to accept. Even if there are no additional features.
  • If years later you want to access your archive, you need to pay the subscription again to open your work.
  • If the software vendor (offering the subscription) decides to discontinue a product, you are locked out of your work and have to learn a new product.
  • If you switch machines, you have to log on to a new machine. If you logged on too many times, you cannot use your software. And probably your EULA says that if you use the software with several people on the same machine, every user needs to have a license.
  • You need to continue to pay, even if the software that you are using is in maintenance mode (and doesn’t get any additional new features).


What’s your take please: Are software subscriptions today’s dongles?


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1. June 2017


XPress 2017

QuarkXPress compie 30 anni e Quark rilascia la versione 2017 (13.0). Come per le precedenti conferma l’acquisto perpetuo.

No abbonamento!!!

Le novità sono parecchie; dall’introduzione dei gradienti (sfumature), alla possibilità di espandere le colonne di testo; dal poter applicare filtri a immagini senza “distruggerle” alla possibilità di applicare cornice e fondino a testo e o paragrafi.

Ecco l’elenco delle principali novità.

1. Editing delle immagini in maniera non distruttiva.
2. Colonne espandibili e filetti automatici tra colonne
3. Gradienti/Multisfumature
4. Evidenziare singole parole, paragrafi e testo con cornice e riempimento
5. Copia/incolla attributi oggetto
6. Potenziate alcune funzionalità legate alla conversione in oggetti nativi di immagini o PDF importati in un progetto.
7. Modificare misure tipografiche tramite tastiera
8. Potenziata la conversione del progetto da versione per la stampa <–> digitale.
9. …e molto altro ancora
– Memorizzazione delle font utilizzate recentemente
– Collegare e scollegate finestre di testo contenenti testo (non vuote)
– Pulizia cache (solo versione Mac)
– Testo “non separabile/non sillababile”
– etc.


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24. May 2017


Want to escape the Cloud? Hate being forced to rent software?

Quark released the following press release today:

Attention InDesign®, Photoshop®, Creative Suite®/Creative Cloud®, CorelDraw®, and Microsoft® Publisher Users:
Save over 50% Now when Choosing QuarkXPress

Denver, CO – 24/05/2017 – Quark Software Inc. announced today a new offer created specifically for designers who don’t currently own QuarkXPress but are considering switching or adding it to their toolkit. For a limited time, InDesign®, Photoshop®, Creative Suite®/Creative Cloud®, CorelDraw®, and Microsoft® Publisher users can save 50% on a license of QuarkXPress 2017, the new version of Quark’s fully-integrated graphic design and layout software for professional print and digital production.

Top 10 Reasons to Switch to QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress 2017 is the alternative for every creative professional who wants to leverage the modern and efficient design software and, if you’re an InDesign/Photoshop/CC user, escape the ongoing subscription model with a perpetual license of QuarkXPress. Here are 10 reasons to consider QuarkXPress now:

  1. No monthly subscription – designers own their copy of QuarkXPress
  2. More intuitive user interface, less palette clutter, and faster time to results
  3. Ability to convert any PDF to editable QuarkXPress objects
  4. Ability to copy and paste objects from InDesign, Illustrator, and Excel as editable QuarkXPress objects
  5. Ability to convert print layouts into interactive HTML5 publications
  6. Non-destructive image editing
  7. Superior typographic controls for kerning pairs, font tracking tables, and text variables
  8. More granular design control for optical margin alignment, gradients, and opacity
  9. Ability to output unlimited iOS single apps for free
  10. Lower cost of ownership – designers determine when upgrading is right for them

Limited Time Offer – Over 50% Discount
For a limited time users with an eligible product who want to switch or add QuarkXPress to their workflow can purchase a full new commercial license of QuarkXPress 2017 (Mac/Win) for just £345/€399/$399. The perpetual license is unrestricted and can be upgraded to future versions.

Eligible products include: Adobe InDesign®, Adobe FrameMaker®, Adobe Lightroom®, Adobe PageMaker®, Adobe Photoshop®, Capture One® Pro, CorelDraw®, Microsoft® Publisher and Serif PagePlus®. All versions of qualifying products are accepted including perpetual, rental, and subscription licenses.

Of course you keep all software that qualified you to purchase the Competitive Upgrade to QuarkXPress 2017. It’s up to you whether you want to continue using it or cancel the rental contract. In no case Quark will tamper any other software installed on your system or notify the vendor of the competitive software.

To learn more about the competitive upgrade offer please visit: http://content.quark.com/switch-to-quarkxpress-en.html

About QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress is used by hundreds of thousands of professional designers and hobbyists around the world to perform almost any print or digital task. Built on a fast 64-bit architecture with uniquely innovative features, QuarkXPress has surpassed the competition in many areas. Unlike any other tool, QuarkXPress provides Bezier editing so designers can remain in one application for page layout with high-end typography and vector drawing.

Now, with QuarkXPress 2017, which introduces new non-destructive image editing capabilities, designers are able to manipulate images within the context of a design without having to constantly switch to image editing software. Designers can also place, convert, and edit almost any graphic format – including Photoshop, PDF, and Illustrator files – directly within QuarkXPress. Also, to make switching to QuarkXPress even easier, designers can import or convert existing layouts and graphics created with InDesign, CorelDraw, or Microsoft Publisher via PDF or copy and paste using the “convert to native objects” features in QuarkXPress.

Get Started Now!

For more information about QuarkXPress, please visit: www.quark.com. For a comprehensive overview of QuarkXPress 2017, check out the What’s New video. Download the free Trial Version for a fully-functional test of the new version.

Switch, Upgrade to, or Purchase QuarkXPress 2017

To purchase QuarkXPress 2017, visit the Quark eStore, call Quark Telesales, or find an Authorised Quark Reseller.

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