QuarkXPress 9.0.1 Update Fixes Bugs

Quark has released an update to QuarkXPress 9, bringing it to version 9.0.1. This maintenance release fixes bugs in several areas, including problems exporting PDFs when using TrueType or OpenType fonts, previews of imported PDF, EPS or AI files, conditional styles, callouts, text indents in non-rectangular boxes, and more.

Quark has posted a list of resolved and unresolved issues here.

Some of the bugs that haven’t yet been fixed include: font issues when exporting to PDF or PostScript, darker previews of PDF, EPS and AI files, importing .swf files, various problems when exporting to Blio and EPUB formats, clipping paths from legacy files, charts imported from Excel, compressed TIFF files, multiple-level numbering in impored RTF files, numbering styles imported from Word, and several others.

The update (754 MB Mac; 544 MB Windows) is available as a download at http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads. (I tried using the Quark Update feature by choosing Check for Updates from the Help menu in QuarkXPress 9, but it said that my version 9.0 was already up to date. Perhaps you’ll have better luck!)

Note: QuarkXPress 9.0.1 isn’t certified for use on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), but Quark says that later this month they’ll release version 9.1, which will be certified for Lion.

Below is Quark’s official press release on the update:

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QuarkXPress 9.0.1 Update Now Available

DENVER, CO – August 1, 2011 – Quark announced today the availability of QuarkXPress® 9.0.1, a free update of QuarkXPress 9 that is available to all current version 9 users. As the first maintenance release of QuarkXPress 9, version 9.0.1 resolves issues identified in QuarkXPress 9.0. The update can be downloaded from www.Quark.com <http://www.Quark.com> .

QuarkXPress 9
QuarkXPress 9 is the newest release of Quark’s page-layout and design software that is built to help designers create content that can be published to digital devices — e-readers, smartphones, and tablets — with one tool, and without coding. Whether a designer needs to publish from QuarkXPress to the iPad, create content for an e-book, or reach an expansive audience through the Blio eReader, QuarkXPress 9 can help.

QuarkXPress 9 also includes new features that automate the design process. The features are instrumental in increasing productivity and alleviating many manual, time-consuming design tasks. For a complete list of new features visit http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Whats_New.aspx.

System Support
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 supports Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard), Mac OS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard), Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or 3), Windows Vista 1.0, and Windows 7. The next update to QuarkXPress 9, due in late August, will be certified to support Mac OS 10.7 (Lion).

30-Day Test Drive
Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9 to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx.

About Quark
Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations in more than 160 countries. Two decades ago, our flagship product — QuarkXPress — changed the course of traditional publishing. For more than 25 years, Quark has built on its knowledge and experience in design and publishing to provide software solutions that support collaborative workflows and automated publishing across multiple channels. Today, Quark is revolutionizing publishing again by setting new standards in XML-based publishing across print, the Web, and digital media, as well as by helping owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses promote their products and services easily, professionally, and affordably. Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Possible Fix for QuarkXPress 7 on Snow Leopard

Trim The Fat is one possible solution...

I think the biggest software challenge of this decade is how to use older software with newer operating systems. For example, let’s say you need to continue to use QuarkXPress 7 in a production environment, but you also need to buy some new Macs… which must run Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

As we’ve noted in earlier posts, there can be problems when using this older version of QuarkXPress with the much newer operating system. But you bravely go forward, installing QuarkXPress 7 on Mac OS X 10.6.

Aaaand QuarkXPress constantly crashes. One possible solution that came my way recently is this:

First, use the free QuarkXPress 7.5 updater — version 7.5 is much more aware of how Snow Leopard works than version 7 was. Then, since Snow Leopard can’t run on PowerPC Macs, strip the PowerPC code from QuarkXPress using a utility such as the free TrimTheFat.

Some people have found that by removing the non-Intel code, QuarkXPress no longer crashes on the Intel-only Snow Leopard. Your mileage may vary. ;-)

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

A Truly Useful Font Cache Cleaner

If fonts are not displaying properly in applications such as QuarkXPress, InDesign or Microsoft Word, or system performance seems sluggish, or applications become unstable, try using Northern Softworks’ Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner to repair the problems. (Contrary to its name, it works with Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6.)

This extremely versatile $10 tool provides an easy-to-use graphic interface for clearing potentially corrupt Font cache files (a common cause of font display problems), as well as other cache files to improve system stability. Tasks can even be set to run at regular intervals.

In addition, it offers helpful features such as: turn off Spotlight or Dashboard; set up and use a Login Items folder; automatically repair permissions after installing new software; automatically scan for viruses in downloaded files; create an emergency startup system on a flash drive or iPod; and test for problems with hard drives, screen pixels, batteries, RAM and more.

Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press

When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.

Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.

In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.