Quark announced today that QuarkXPress 2016 will be officially released on May 24, 2016:
If you want to be reminded what’s new in QuarkXPress 2016, then please see here:
For me, there are two features that are especially noteworthy, as they can change the way you work:
- Copy objects from other applications into QuarkXPress 2016 as editable objects
- HTML5 Publications – publish web publications with app-like effects at NO EXTRA COST
Quick word about these:
Copy Objects as Native (Editable) Objects
You have an Excel pie chart that you need to adjust: Convert colors from RGB to CMYK, make sure blacks are black, want to adjust the pie pieces, add a drop shadow. And so on.
Or have a path in Illustrator or a complex graphic that you need to adjust.
Or you have received last year’s brochure from a client and the brochure needs adjustments. However it was probably created in MS Publisher and all they have is the PDF.
With QuarkXPress 2016: Easy. Just copy them over (e.g. copy the pie chart in Excel, switch to QuarkXPress 2016, paste as native objects; and work with them as if you had created them in QuarkXPress. If copy & paste doesn’t work – e.g. as you just received a PDF file – just import the PDF into a picture box, right mouse click it and “Convert to Native Objects”. Done.
HTML5 Publications – at no extra cost
Do you find PDFs in a browser too boring or having a bad user experience? Want to publish your content – originally designed for Print – on your website as a publication? Add audio, video, sound? However you do not have the business case to pay a conversion fee or – worse – justify reoccurring costs (monthly fees, download fees)?
When you have QuarkXPress 2016: Easy. Just convert your Print layout or create a new Digital layout from scratch. Add interactive effects (or just leave it static). Export as HTML5 Publication. You will receive a folder of HTML5 (with all your typography, images, design etc. All web ready). Upload to your webserver (or quickly rent one). Done. No system or cloud service needed.
(Of course a hosted web server will most likely cost you a small fee if you don’t already have one)
And if your design was done in a different application, e.g. from Adobe, Corel, Microsoft etc. or just exists as PDF? Just combine both features ;-)
Both an engineer and a layout artist, Matthias bridges the gap between technology and people. Before joining Quark in 1997, Matthias pioneered print, Web, and multimedia products for multiple German publishing companies. He is an active participant in design and publishing communities and represented Quark in the Ghent PDF Workgroup.
From 1997 until 2019 Matthias played a central role in shaping Quark’s desktop, mobile and enterprise software. From February 2014 until January 2019 he headed Quark’s Desktop Publishing business unit; and was therefore responsible for QuarkXPress.
Matthias does not work for Quark anymore. If you want to connect with him, please visit his LinkedIn profile on https://www.linkedin.com/in/mguenther/