Today, Quark released their QuarkXPress 8.5 updater, which adds several new features to QuarkXPress 8 and fixes several user-reported bugs.
The new features include:
• You can now import and export Microsoft Word documents in .docx format.
• Its new automatic updater can check for and download updates.
• The following new color libraries are included for Pantone Plus, Pantone’s newest color system:
Pantone+ Color Bridge
Pantone+ Pastels & Neons Coated
Pantone+ Pastels & Neons Uncoated
Pantone+ Premium Metallics Coated
(Read more about Pantone Plus in our story here.)
Quark’s press release mentioned that bug fixes include Snow Leopard compatibility, PDF export, and Quark Publishing System integration with Job Jackets. The complete list of bug fixes was not available when we wrote this, but it should be available soon at http://8.quark.com/techinfo/known_issues.html.
QuarkXPress 8.5 runs on Mac OS X 10.4.11 and higher, and Microsoft Windows XP and higher.
Remember: you can upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress for just $299.
Through November 30, Quark is offering free stuff worth up to $547 with any upgrade or new purchase of QuarkXPress 8.
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.