Quark introduced today QuarkXPress 2017, the next major release of Quark’s fully-integrated graphic design and layout software for professional print and digital production. It is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of this year.
What’s New in QuarkXPress 2017
The new features and functionality designers will find in QuarkXPress 2017 fall into three major categories:
1) Images and vectors,
2) Typography and text, and
3) Customer wishlist items.The wishlist items have been prioritized by users of QuarkXPress.
And for the ones publishing digitally, there’s one more thing:
QuarkXPress offers digital publishing functionality that is unique, like responsive HTML5 Publications and “unlimited”* app creation for iOS.
1) Images and Vectors
QuarkXPress already provides Bezier editing so designers can remain in one application for page layout and vector drawing. With the new image editing features it’s now possible to stay in QuarkXPress to perfect images too. Here are the highlights of the new image and vector capabilities:
- Non-destructive Image Editing
- Transparency Blend Modes
- New Shape Tools
- Enhancements to Multicolor Gradients
- Item Format Painter
- and more
2) Text and Typography
QuarkXPress has always provided powerful typographic tools such as the still unmatched ability to apply horizontal AND vertical kerning as well as editing kerning pairs. QuarkXPress 2017 adds powerful new possibilities (highlights):
- Text Stroking
- Text Shading
- Column Spanning
- Column Splitting
- Smart Quotes
3) Wishlist items
It is standard practice for Quark to implement the most frequently user-requested features into QuarkXPress. Many of the following features were developed for QuarkXPress 2017 based on customer feedback. Here are the highlights:
- Enhancements to Convert to Native Objects
- Adaptive Layout Conversion for Print
- UI Enhancements on Mac and Windows
- Cursor Key Increments/Decrements
- Non-breaking Text Attribute
- Merge Text Boxes
- Line Between Columns
- Proportional Leading
- Enhanced Word Import
- Most Recent Fonts
4) Digital Publishing:
QuarkXPress is optimized to export high-quality output to a variety of print and digital output formats such as certified PDF/X4, ePUB3 (eBooks), HTML5 Publications (e.g. flipbooks) and even mobile apps for iOS and Android (via AppStudio) .
New features bring even more power and flexibility to digital publishing from QuarkXPress 2017, including:
- Responsive HTML5 Publications
- Adaptive Layout Conversion for Digital
- “Unlimited”* Free iOS Single Apps Creation
QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017 both support the newest three operating systems from both MacOS and Windows.
Mac: Yosemite (OS X 10.10), El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and Sierra (MacOS 10.12)
Windows: Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (64 bit only, with latest updates)
Please note that QuarkXPress 2017 may work on older operating systems, however these are not supported or tested by Quark.
Special QuarkXPress 2017 Pre-Order Offers
From March 1, 2017 until QuarkXPress 2017 is officially available, Quark is offering special pre-order offers. With the Buy QuarkXPress 2016, Get QuarkXPress 2017 offer, users who purchase a full new license or upgrade to QuarkXPress 2016 from any version now will receive a free copy of QuarkXPress 2017 when it becomes available. Quark is also offering current QuarkXPress 2016 users to preorder a QuarkXPress 2017 upgrade.
These offers are valid for all license types except Education and NFR. To learn more www.quark.com/2017.
*The app creation functionality is subject to certain restrictions. And you will need to create your own Apple Developer ID which is subject to Apple’s terms and conditions. Please see the QuarkXPress End User License Agreement for full details.
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/