Quark has released an update to QuarkXPress 8, bringing it to version 8.5.1 for Mac OS X and Windows.
One improvement it brings is the ability to tell QuarkXPress where you want it to look for a Preferences file. This will be handy for those who don’t want to store it in the normal location: /Users/<user name> /Library/Preferences/Quark/QuarkXPress <version number>/
(For more information on where and why the Preferences folder should live, see my previous post here.)
Other than that, it’s not clear what has been improved or fixed. When Quark releases that information, you’ll find it here.
The updater is available through the Quark Update utility, or at http://www.quark.com/support/downloads/.
Troubleshooting tip: If the update fails for any reason, or if you want to update multiple machines, you can re-run the updater or copy it to another machine. On a Mac, you’ll find it here:
/Library/Application Support/Quark/AutoUpdate/Updates/qxp851_mac.dmg. (If you know where this file lives on Windows, please let us know!)
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.