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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QuarkXPress trick: delete pages to reassign masters

Sometimes a well-meaning client wants to tweak a project, but messes up the assignments of master pages. Just yesterday I was working on a book and noticed that the document pages had shifted in an upredictable way.

Rather than manually dragging the pages around in the Page Layout palette, I made use of a little-known feature in QuarkXPress: when you double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette, QuarkXPress will add a new page linked to that page.

Since our chain of text boxes flowed through the entire document, all I had to do was delete the problem pages, then double-click the last page in the Page Layout palette a bunch of times. The result: new pages with fresh master page items, filled with our existing text!

(Note: I’m using QuarkXPress 10—I’m not sure when this feature was added. Also, I tried dragging the Master Page icon onto the document pages in the Page Layout palette, but that didn’t solve the problem.)

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.

Tips for nudging items in QuarkXPress

Many designers like to nudge items around a page by using the arrow keys on their keyboard. In QuarkXPress, each tap of the arrow key moves the selected item(s) by one point (1 pt).

But if you hold down the Shift key while pressing an arrow key, the item will move 10 times that distance, or 10 pt. The Item Tool preference lets you change that setting, or change it back to the default of 10 pt:

Prefs>Print>Tools>Item_Tool

But what if you need to move the item LESS THAN 1 pt? Just hold down the Option or Alt key while pressing the arrow keys. With each tap, you’ll move your selected item(s) by 1/10 pt (0.1 pt)!

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.

Mastering Palette Sets in QuarkXPress 10

You can customize the workspace in QuarkXPress 10 to an amazing degree. And for Mac users, it’s even more powerful.

For example, if you’re more comfortable with the way Microsoft and Adobe’s arrange their palettes (where the panels & options bar sit at the top of your display), you can easily do that in QuarkXPress. Just drag the title bar of the Tools palette near the top of your display, and the whole area will be highlighted in blue. Let go of your mouse button and the Tools palette will be docked to the top of your display:

Tool_palette-Top
Drag the Tools palette’s title bar near the top of your display until the blue area appears.

 

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The Tools palette is now docked to the top of your display!

 

To complete the Microsoft/Adobe look, add the Measurements palette under the Tools palette—just click the sprocket icon on the Tools palette’s title bar and choose Measurements. This creates a Palette Set that includes the Tools and Measurements palettes:

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Click the sprocket to add the Measurements palette to the Tools palette as a Palette Set.

Note that you can also Turn Hiding On, which makes these palettes disappear until you mouse over the edge of your display.

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The Measurements palette is now added to the Tools palette as a Palette Set.

 

This technique of attaching palettes together also works on every palette or palette set—on both Mac and Windows computers. Just click that sprocket icon and choose the palettes you want to include or remove from the palette set:

Palette_Set_menu

To dock the Tools palette to the left side of your display, just drag its title bar into that area and release your mouse button when you see the blue area appear:

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Drag the dark gray palette header…

 

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Or drag the palette’s title bar.

 

Tool_palette-Left-docked
The Tools palette is now docked to the left side of your display.

 

You can also dock palettes and palette sets to the right or bottom edges of your display. To un-dock them, just drag them away from the edges.

When you find a palette arrangement you like, you can save it as a Palette Set to easily recall later. Just choose Window> Palette Sets> Save Palette Set As…

 Window>PaletteSets>SaveAs

 

And then give it a name, and optionally a keyboard shortcut:

SavePaletteSetAs_dialog

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In my opinion, Quark has the most advanced and efficient palette system ever developed for graphic designers. Just watch as a palette set expands and collapses palettes as you use them!

For a quick, 1-minute video showing these and other ways to customize your QuarkXPress workspace, see Quark’s video here.

QXP10_video_customize_workspace

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.

Video: Create mirrored text in QuarkXPress

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Quark has a 1-minute video that shows a nifty trick for creating mirrored text in QuarkXPress. Watch it here.

The technique involves converting the text to a picture box, flipping it vertically, and filling it with a linear blend from black to transparent.

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.