Quark has done an excellent job of explaining each new feature in QuarkXPress 9 here. I’ve copied their explanation of the new Callouts feature below, but Quark also has a 21-second video that demonstrates how it works here.
Callouts: Boxes and Groups Move Automatically With Your Text
Imagine you’re creating a textbook with pictures in the sidebar, and you want the pictures to always appear on the same page as the text they illustrate. Or a guidebook where you want to put floating icons to the left of some paragraphs. Or a magazine where you want a column-spanning pull-quote box that always falls on the same page as the corresponding text. You can do all of these things manually — or you can do them automatically with the QuarkXPress® Callouts feature.
The Callouts feature lets you associate a box or group (a callout) with a specific point in the text flow called a callout anchor. When the text reflows and the callout anchor moves, the callout automatically moves with it — whether it’s to a different part of the page, or to a different page altogether.
For maximum flexibility, you can position a callout relative to the page or spread, or relative to the position of the callout anchor itself. You can create callout styles, which work like style sheets and make configuring a callout as easy as clicking a palette. An intuitive interface makes it all easy to learn and easy to use.
How it Works:
Just insert a callout anchor in the text, then click an item or group and associate it with that callout anchor
You can modify each callout’s settings individually, or use callout styles to speed things up
At a Glance:
Create callouts easily — no awkward manual cut-and-paste operations
Position callouts precisely with comprehensive horizontal and vertical alignment options
Configure callouts easily with a single, linear dialog box
Include callout styles in Job Jackets®
Use callouts with tables
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.