In the pages of Design Tools Monthly and other publications, I’ve been heaping praise on Gluon since 1996 — not only for the extreme value their XTensions, but also for their clever execution. Most recently, both here and in DTM, I have highlighted their ProBullets & Numbers, ColorBreaker, Greeker, Cropster, Docuslim, ProPack collection, ProScale, and SpecTackler XTensions.
And now Quark owns all these XTension technologies and much more:
In recent years, Gluon’s remarkable HyperPublishing System has been combined with QuarkXPress Server by systems integrators to create automated print and multichannel solutions for many kinds of companies. If you haven’t seen or heard of it, I encourage you to have a quick look: www.gluon.com/hyperpublishing.html. Having seen it in action first-hand, I can testify to its impressively easy-to-use interface and powerful capabilities.
But about those XTensions: according to Quark’s press release, “Quark also gains GLUON’s best-of-breed XTensions and Plug-ins that add efficiencies and capabilities to QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Illustrator. The popular XTensions and Plug-ins will continue to be developed by the GLUON team and remain available through the GLUON online store as well as through specialist distributors and resellers globally.”
“Adobe InDesign and Illustrator?” you may be asking… Yes, Gluon also has plug-ins for InDesign and Illustrator as well as for QuarkXPress and apparently they intend to continue their development and sales.
Quark hasn’t said whether they will be including Gluon’s XTension technologies in future versions of QuarkXPress. But if they repeat the steps the took when they acquired ALAP, at least some of those features will appear in a future version of QuarkXPress. But that’s just conjecture on my part.
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.