QuarkXPress 2017 Now Available

New Version of QuarkXPress Introduces Non-Destructive Image Editing and Adds the Ability to Create Responsive HTML5 Publications and “Unlimited” iOS Apps; Continues to be Available as a Perpetual Lifetime License – No Subscription Necessary!

Quark Software Inc. announced the official availability of QuarkXPress 2017, the newest version of Quark’s fully-integrated graphic design and desktop publishing software for professional print and digital production.

QuarkXPress 2017 introduces new graphics and image editing capabilities, such as non-destructive image editing, and extends text and typography features, such as text stroking and shading. The new version includes a range of the top user-requested features and continues to be sold as a perpetual license.

New Features Delivered
Hundreds of thousands of users around the world who value quality and performance choose QuarkXPress as one of their primary design tools based on its performance, stability, sustainable pricing structure, and consistent feature innovation. QuarkXPress 2017 delivers on all counts with new powerful features that span image and vectors, typography and text, digital publishing, and many new customer wish list features.

Major Highlights
Just a few of the many new features in QuarkXPress 2017 include:

  • Non-destructive Image Editing: Edit images by adjusting levels and curves, changing brightness and contrast, applying gamma correction and much more. All adjustments are non-destructive, so original images stay intact.
  • Adaptive Layout Conversion for Print and Digital: QuarkXPress supports the rapid conversion of print layouts into digital media or even from one print layout to another. Adaptive conversion lets designers duplicate a layout and automatically resize all design elements, even if the layout is converted to different aspect ratios.
  • Responsive HTML5 Publications (Multi Device Output): QuarkXPress 2017 can export multiple digital layouts of different sizes as a single HTML5 package. For example, designers can create a layout for an iPad (vertical and horizontal orientations), duplicate the layout using Adaptive Settings for an iPhone and adjust it accordingly.
  • Convert to Native Objects Enhancements: With the introduction of this game-changing feature, QuarkXPress is the first layout application to convert almost any third party content and layout such as PDF, Adobe Illustrator, EPS, InDesign and Microsoft Office files to native, editable QuarkXPress objects. Based on user feedback, this capability has now been greatly enhanced. For example, converted images can optionally be saved to disk and linked to the QuarkXPress layout, keeping their resolution, color model, and color profiles.
  • “Unlimited” Free iOS Apps: Use the QuarkXPress digital layout capabilities to create innovative interactive experiences, all 100% based on HTML5. Now designers can create as many single iOS apps as they would like. No subscription, no per-app fee, all done directly from within QuarkXPress 2017. ˚‡

These are just a few of the many new features included in QuarkXPress 2017. For more information 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.

QuarkXPress 2017: Switch, Upgrade, or Purchase a New License
To purchase or upgrade to QuarkXPress 2017, visit the Quark eStore, call Quark Telesales, or find an Authorised Quark Reseller.

Upgrade or Purchase: Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10 and 2015) can upgrade to version 2017 for $399/£345/€399. QuarkXPress 2016 users can upgrade to 2017 for only $185/£159/€185, and new licenses are available for $849/£709/€829. Education licenses are available for $79/£69/€79.

Switch with the New Competitive Upgrade Offer: For a limited time, users of alternative graphic design software products who want to switch or add QuarkXPress to their workflow can purchase a full new license of QuarkXPress 2017 (Mac/Win) for just $399/£345/€399.

With eligible proof of ownership of a qualifying competing product, any designer can get a new full QuarkXPress 2017 license for the low price of an upgrade. Eligible products are: InDesign®,  FrameMaker®, Lightroom®, PageMaker®, Photoshop®, Capture One® Pro, CorelDraw®, Microsoft® Publisher, and Serif PagePlus®. All versions of qualifying products are accepted including, perpetual and subscription licenses, single products, or licenses that are part of a Creative Suite or Creative Cloud®. To learn more about the competitive upgrade offer please visit: http://content.quark.com/switch-to-quarkxpress-us.html.

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The Skinny Books released for Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements

When you need to quickly get up to speed on a topic, check out the new series of The Skinny Books by best-selling author and speaker Lesa Snider.

The Skinny Books are short, yet comprehensive e-books that are finely focused on a single subject. A collection of the best QuarkXPress tips and techniques will be available soon.

In the meantime, titles include:


 The Skinny on Photoshop Tips, volume 1 ($2.99)

A collection of more than 150 incredibly practical and useful tips that cover multiple versions of Photoshop.


The Skinny on Photoshop Elements 12 ($7.99)

Learn the essential differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and how to use Elements’ three editing modes: Guided, Quick, and Expert.

You’ll also learn how to perform a slew of practical editing techniques such as replacing backgrounds, cropping and resizing without losing important objects, removing blemishes and objects, correcting colors, lightening teeth & eyes, moving and cloning objects, colorizing black-and-white images and artistically converting color images to black-and-white, stitching a panorama, adding a dark edge vignette, placing text behind an object and placing a photo inside text, tinting an image, fading images together for a collage, adding creative edges, and intelligent sharpening.


The Skinny on Photoshop Lightroom 5 ($9.99)

Learn all the essential techniques to get the most value from Lightroom, quickly. Part 1 provides an overview of what Lightroom is and isn’t, and how it compares to Photoshop. Then we dive into the organization of the program, so you’ll know how to set up your Lightroom world, and where to find its various parts.

In Part 2, you’ll learn how to edit your photos like a pro, including enhancing specific areas and applying creative effects.

Part 3 takes you through working with Lightroom and an external image editor such as Photoshop, as well as how to export and share photos, create printed photo books, make slideshows, Web galleries, and print packages.

At the end of each book is a cheat sheet of the most useful keyboard shortcuts you’ll use every day.

The books are available in EPUB and PDF formats compatible with various book readers from Kindle to iBooks that you can read on a computer, tablet or even a smart phone.

See all The Skinny Books at www.TheSkinnyBooks.com

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.

Get free assets at The Public Domain Review

At CreativePro.com, Mike Rankin points out The Public Domain Review, a website that features curated collections of images, text, audio, and video in the public domain that you can use in any way you like, including commercial projects.

The website also has a guide to finding interesting public domain materials online, with links to large collections of open content and explanations of licensing and legal issues.

Read his story here.


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.

Photoshop Week: FREE next week!


If you’re working with QuarkXPress, then it’s likely that you or a co-worker also uses Photoshop. Feed your need for Photoshop production techniques by watching CreativeLIVE’s FREE Photoshop Week, Feb 24–28.

This weeklong event features world-class training by some of the world’s best Photoshop instructors and at least one bestselling author. For enlightenment, just tune in to any of the 40+ sessions by these speakers:

  • Lesa Snider
  • Jack Davis
  • Dave Cross
  • Russell Brown
  • Julieanne Kost
  • Bryan O’Neil Hughes
  • Khara Plicanic
  • Colin Smith
  • Jared Platt
  • Lindsay Adler
  • Suzettte Allen

If you miss the live presentation, you can watch a replay immediately after the end of each day. To watch it any time, pay $19 per session or $299 for all 40+ sessions.


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.

Maps4News: Instant, Custom Maps


If you use maps in your publication, Maps4News may be a cost effective way to generate them in just minutes. As they say:

“Simply use the Maps4News software to enter the location you want, then click a few buttons to scale and customize your map as needed. And that’s it! You can choose from a variety of different map styles that have multilayer flexibility, you can add call-outs and icons, you can even preset fonts and colors to match the look and feel of your publication. Choose to publish a print-ready raster file or open your high-quality vector map art in a graphics program like Adobe Illustrator® to add additional icons, effects, or anything else you might want to incorporate.”

Pricing starts at $3,000 per year for two licenses, and is based on number of licenses, circulation and map coverage (local or world).

They also offer services for cartographers (Maps2Publish), variable-data printing (Maps4Mail), and directories (Maps4LocalSearch).

Get more info at www.maps4news.com

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.