30. June 2017


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.

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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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