At GraphExpo today, Quark announced support for Adobe Acrobat 8 in Quark Print Collection. This $299 set of utilities simplifies and automates the production of fully imposed, press-ready output. It supports imposition from within Acrobat or QuarkXPress 7. All imposition occurs in the print stream, rather than by creating a new document, saving time and file space.
You can choose sheet type (2-up, 4-up, 6-up, or 8-up), imposition type (Standard, Work and Turn, Work and Tumble, Split Web, and Sheet Wise), and binding type (none, saddle-stitched, perfect-bound, and stacked). It lets you control plate margins, gaps, bleeds, crossover and creep, save combinations of settings as styles for sharing and reuse, preview imposed pages prior to output, display page boundaries, bleeds, and page numbers in previews, and tile large pages across multiple sheets.
In QuarkXPress, you can add custom registration marks and slugs by dragging them onto outside of the layout, or onto page items. It can add dimension arrows to page items for crop, bleed and safety areas, and all marks can be on their own layer.
Quark Print Collection is based on products that Quark gained when they acquired A Lowly Apprentice Production (ALAP) in December of 2005.
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.