Quark Publishing System 9.1 adds iPad app features

Last month, Quark released QuarkXPress 9.1 with App Studio, which makes it relatively simple and affordable to create an iPad app for your publication.

Today they released version 9.1 of Quark Publishing System, which automates the creation of publications of all kinds — and of course it supports QuarkXPress 9.1 and App Studio for iPad apps. It also lets contributors work with publications through a Web interface (no QuarkXPress required), and use multimedia assets stored in the QPS database or Microsoft SharePoint.

For info on additional new features and capabilities, see their press release below.

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Quark Publishing System Steps Up iPad Publishing with New Release

Quark Publishing System 9.1 Enhances Support for Digital Publishing Workflows to Increase Efficiencies

Denver – 9/22/2011 – Quark announced today the availability of Quark Publishing System® 9.1, the new version of Quark’s dynamic publishing platform for automated publishing to print, Web, e-reader, mobile, and tablet devices. The new version is compatible with QuarkXPress® 9.1 and App Studio, allowing media and corporate publishers to publish to the iPad and other digital formats without hiring a separate team of developers.

The improvements to Quark Publishing System 9.1 and its compatibility with QuarkXPress 9.1 and App Studio allow designers and content creators to easily create and publish iPad apps and issues; incorporate digital assets and workflows into their existing publishing system; automate publishing to the iPad and ePUB format; and let all system users share, access, and collaborate on digital publishing projects.

  • iPad publishing and ePUB support from all clients: Provides multiple ways for users to publish iPad-ready content and the ePUB format, including through Microsoft® SharePoint®.
  • Reference audio/video assets in QuarkXPress layouts: Incorporate audio and visual files stored in Quark Publishing System in QuarkXPress layouts, just as is possible with any graphic or image in order to efficiently reuse digital content for iPad outputs.
  • Collaborate remotely on iPad publishing projects: Through Web Hub, content creators can edit projects with App Studio layouts; drag and drop assets directly from Windows Explorer/Finder; and check in multiple assets at once using “Check In Other,” which eliminates the need to check in each asset separately.
  • iPad publishing automation: Speeds publishing to the iPad by letting users automatically merge multiple projects into one issue, trigger iPad output from a change in workflow status or a pre-defined schedule, and deliver iPad content to a Web server or a file server.

Support for Digital Assets and Workflows
With Quark Publishing System 9.1 users can also add digital publishing assets and workflows to existing content, which reduces or even eliminates the need for a separate team to work on digital output. For example, users can add video editors to existing workflows, set up separate workflows for digital publications and even digital publishing assets, such as slideshows and podcasts, and allow multi-media specialists to engage in the publishing workflow just as writers, editors, and designers do by checking-in and managing assets.

Composition Zones and Shared Content
In addition to time and resource-saving improvements associated with iPad and ePUB publishing, Quark Publishing System 9.1 makes assets stored in Quark Publishing System available for re-use in Composition Zones and as Shared Content. This capability reduces and eliminates the time designers spend searching for assets, improves consistency and accuracy by ensuring all layouts use assets from a single source, and makes updates faster and easier because a change to an asset stored in Quark Publishing System is automatically reflected in all instances where an asset is used.

For a full overview of what’s new in Quark Publishing System 9.1, please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/Quark_Publishing_System/Whats_New.aspx.

About App Studio
Quark App Studio is an integrated set of tools that lets designers create branded apps for the iPad, distribute apps through the Apple App Store, and design and publish engaging interactive content from QuarkXPress that can be purchased and downloaded from within their apps. For a full overview, please visit http://www.quark.com/appstudio.

App Studio Boot Camps
Quark is hosting two App Studio Boot Camps in October; one in Denver and one in London. In each one-day event attendees will learn how to create, design, and publish apps to the App Store, as well as how to publish enriched, immersive content to those apps. Quark’s own experts as well as special industry guests will guide attendees through the process and offer insight into iPad and tablet publishing. For more information visit: http://www.quark.com/About_Quark/Events/EventSearch.aspx.

About Quark
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.