QuarkAlliance partners have rolled out training videos to ensure that you are getting the most out of QuarkXPress 8 features, enhancements, and production tricks.
Talented Pixie. Subscribe and watch any or all of their fantastic, creative e-learning videos online, or buy DVDs. These easy-to-use e-learning training videos and DVDs are designed to get you up and running quickly. Videos average 14 tutorials on each DVD and you can choose from QuarkXPress 8 Level 1, Level 2, and Interactive Layouts. (As of October 2010, Talented Pixie is no longer a QuarkAlliance partner.)
Video Training Company. Join the VTC Online University and for just $30 per month you can choose from over 81,350 narrated tutorials. Among their offerings, you’ll find the QuarkXPress 8 series; 90+ videos and more than 7 hours authored and narrated by Cyndie Shaffstall, director of Quark’s partner program, QuarkAlliance. This video series is also available on CD for just $99.
Mediaroots. This QuarkXPress 8 training video, like all Mediaroots’ productions, is presented by a knowledgeable software trainer and feature real-life exercises. Complex topics are taught in an understandable, concise and engaging way, with a relaxed, enjoyable style. Mediaroots training titles are unique because they allow you to not only learn theoretically, but to demonstrate your skills practically.
Lynda.com. In QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training, Jay Nelson covers all the tools and features from basic page layout to Flash integration and web-page creation. Throughout this comprehensive training, Jay shows what’s needed to produce professional-quality projects that integrate text, pictures, graphics, and tables. He also offers real-world page-layout techniques that designers can apply to their own projects. Exercise files accompany the course.
For great how-to articles, turn to X-Ray Magazine online. In QuarkXPress 8: a suite response, you’ll get a first look at the new features and information about features from earlier versions that have been affected, modified, simplified, or removed. Nearly every feature of QuarkXPress 8 has been designed with streamlining in mind. Fewer clicks, fewer menu trips, and fewer keystrokes.
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.