A number of PlanetQuark.com readers have expressed frustration at having to learn new locations for tools. While this is understandable from a human perspective, my personal experience in QuarkXPress 8 and 9 is that the changes are a huge improvement in efficiency — and logic.
Over the years, Quark added many significant new features to QuarkXPress and they took this opportunity to rearrange them into more logical locations. For example, tools that should be clustered together are now clustered together, hierarchically, with those you’re most likely to use on top.
Quark has told me that they watched users over an extended period of time and identified the places where QuarkXPress could be even more efficient, then adjusted the interface to make it so. I believe they did a great job of it.
If you’re a longtime user of QuarkXPress and want to get a handle on the changes in QuarkXPress 8 and 9, check out Quark’s own PDF document “The QuarkXPress user interface: Old vs. new”. You can read or download the PDF here. In case Quark moves it, I’ve also copied it here.
Just for fun, here’s an example of what you’ll find:
“Corner styles are now a box attribute in QuarkXPress 8. You can change a rectangular box into a rounded-corner box — and control the radius of the corners — from a drop-down menu in the Measurements palette.”
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.