Today, Quark released QuarkXPress 9.1, a free update to QuarkXPress 9. Its major new feature is the ability to create apps for Apple’s iPad. Upgrades from QuarkXPress 8 are still just $299.
Here’s the short version of what’s new:
The App Studio feature lets you create and publish content that your customers can purchase and download from within your own custom app.
App Factory (Mac OS only)
The App Factory application lets you create a customized app for the iPad, for distribution through the Apple App Store. You can use your custom app to distribute the issues you create with App Studio.
The Trim View command (View menu) simulates what the page will look like when trimmed by cropping any items that extend beyond the page boundary.
The Hide Suppressed command (View menu) hides all items for which the Suppress Output box is checked in the Box, Line, Picture, or Layout pane of the Modify dialog box, as well as layers for which Suppress Output is checked in the Attributes dialog box. In addition, this option hides underlines on hyperlinks, hyperlink anchors, index markers, and the text overflow symbol.
The View menu provides various options for how a layout displays. You can display or hide guides, grids, invisible characters, visiual indicators, and more. The View Sets feature lets you store and recall different combinations of these settings.
Style sheet to reflow tag mapping
You can now map style sheets to tags in a reflow article. This makes it much easier to prepare existing styled content for distribution in the ePUB and Blio eBook formats.
Panning while a Pen tool is selected
To pan the layout while a Pen tool is selected, press Shift+Space and then click and drag.
Support for PSD files in Job Jackets rules
You can now create rules that evaluate Photoshop (PSD) files.
Here’s one important thing to remember about QuarkXPress 9.1: QuarkXPress 9.0 cannot open files saved in QuarkXPress 9.1 or later. Instead, you must export the 9.1 document to version 8.0 format, then open that 8.0 document in 9.0. (Although it sounds like more steps, it’s actually the same number of steps as if they had a way to export to 9.0.) However, it’s interesting to note that this is the first time in Quark’s history that a “dot” release (9.1) creates documents that can’t be opened in the previous “dot” release (9.0).
The easiest solution comes from Quark, which recommends that all QuarkXPress 9 users get the free update to 9.1, which has additional useful features and which fixes a few bugs.
Below is Quark’s press release:
Quark Simplifies iPad Publishing with App Studio and QuarkXPress 9.1
Free Update to QuarkXPress 9 Lets Designers Create Branded Apps and Publish Content to the iPad with Easy-to-Use Tools and without Programming Code
DENVER, CO – September 1, 2011 – Quark announced today the availability of QuarkXPress® 9.1, a free update to QuarkXPress 9 that features App Studio™. App Studio allows designers to create branded apps for the iPad, distribute apps through the Apple App Store, and design and publish content that can be purchased and downloaded from within the apps. This integrated set of tools puts designers in control and offers a pricing model that brings iPad app creation and publishing within everyone’s reach.
“The proliferation of digital devices has created significant challenges for designers and publishers who not only need to get to the iPad, but who want to offer their readers an innovative, cutting-edge experience,” said Gavin Drake, vice president of marketing for Quark. “With App Studio we eliminate the biggest hurdles by offering a solution that designers can manage without requiring programming and that is affordable. Just as importantly, our pricing model doesn’t lock customers into monthly subscriptions, download costs, or revenue shares with Quark, which means taking the first step into iPad publishing doesn’t require a long-term commitment.”
Publishing to the iPad
Consumers are choosing the iPad to access all types of content, from newspapers, magazines, and books to financial reports, research papers, product guides, brochures, and more. With App Studio, designers, publishers, and other organizations can reach those consumers using App Studio. The key components of App Studio are:
QuarkXPress 9: With QuarkXPress 9, designers create unique, immersive, and interactive experiences using the page-layout and design skills that are already familiar. The new App Studio layout space within QuarkXPress allows designers to create dedicated vertical and horizontal orientations simultaneously with content that can be automatically synchronized between orientations. Designers can enrich content with pictures, slideshows, movies, and audio, as well as scrollable layouts that are unique to tablet devices.
App Studio Factory: To create branded apps designers use App Studio Factory, the standalone Mac OS X software included with QuarkXPress 9.1. App Studio Factory enables designers to create customized App Studio apps using predefined app templates that offer a variety of features, including in-app purchases and in-app subscriptions.
App Studio Issue Previewer: Designers can test App Studio issues with this free app by downloading it to their iPad from the Apple App Store, or by installing it on a Mac and running it in the iOS Simulator.
App Studio Publishing Portal: Designers use the App Studio Publishing Portal to manage their App Studio apps and issue files, including when and where issues are published and tracking when and where issues are sold.
The Cost of Publishing to the iPad with App Studio
To publish to the iPad with App Studio, designers and publishers will purchase an app template license and an issue license pack from Quark, which are one-off costs required for each app created and each issue published to the app. Other than these two costs and the Apple developer account required by Apple, there are no ongoing fees required by Quark.
As an example of Quark’s pricing structure, a designer creating an app for a one-time single issue would purchase from Quark the app template license, which costs $149, and a one-issue license pack, which costs $349. In this instance, the fees from Quark equal $498, plus the designer will need Apple iOS Developer Program membership, which costs $99. For a full breakdown of the cost per each app template and the license bundles, please visit http://www.quark.com/Products/AppStudio/Pricing.aspx.
iPad Publishing in Education
Quark is providing discounts of up to 90 percent to App Studio users in education, including faculty, students, and institutions. With this discount, a design student can create an app for as little as $50 for both the app template license and issue license pack, and an education institution could publish a monthly iPad magazine for just $447 for the first year.
Getting Started with App Studio
Current QuarkXPress 9 users can get started by downloading QuarkXPress 9.1 for free from http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/. A comprehensive user guide is available that runs App Studio users through the process of enriching content, creating apps, and managing apps. It can be downloaded here http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Quark_Training/Learning_App_Studio.aspx.
For a complete overview of App Studio, please visit: http://www.quark.com/appstudio.
For users who are not currently using QuarkXPress 9, Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive version. Users who have already completed the 30-day trial of QuarkXPress 9 are welcome to take another 30-day Test Drive, this time with QuarkXPress 9.1, to experience App Studio. To download the QuarkXPress 30-day Test Drive visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx.
The cost of QuarkXPress 9 is the same as the previous upgrade and full product price of QuarkXPress 8. An upgrade costs $299 and new full product costs $799. To purchase, visit shop.quark.com, contact an authorized Quark reseller http://www.quark.com/resellers, or call Quark’s sales team http://shop.quark.com/am.
Quark Software Inc. (www.quark.com) is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations in more than 160 countries. Two decades ago, our flagship product — QuarkXPress® — changed the course of traditional publishing. For more than 25 years, Quark has built on its knowledge and experience in design and publishing to provide software solutions that support collaborative workflows and automated publishing across multiple channels. Today, Quark is revolutionizing publishing again by setting new standards in XML-based publishing across print, the Web, and digital media as well as by helping owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses promote their products and services easily, professionally, and affordably. Denver-based Quark Software Inc. is privately held.
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.