QuarkXPress 4 & 5: End of the Road

I’ve had a number of inquiries recently about how to run QuarkXPress 4 on the new Intel Macs, and/or under Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Well, you can’t.

Intel Macs won’t run Apple’s Classic environment, which is the Mac OS 9 emulator. And since QuarkXPress 4 and 5 are Mac OS 9 applications… you get the picture.

Ditto for Leopard. It simply won’t run Classic. So even if you install Leopard on a G4 or G5 Mac, QuarkXPress 4 and 5 are a no-go.

My blanket recommendation for anyone upgrading to an Intel Mac or Leopard is to keep their last Mac that ran Classic. (Ideally, one that can start up in Mac OS 9.) That way, in an emergency, you can start up that Mac and use your Mac OS 9 apps.

Here, we keep a 1.67 GHz G4 Titanium PowerBook on the shelf. That was the last, fastest PowerBook, and it doesn’t take up much room.