Quark has released an update to QuarkXPress 9, bringing it to version 9.0.1. This maintenance release fixes bugs in several areas, including problems exporting PDFs when using TrueType or OpenType fonts, previews of imported PDF, EPS or AI files, conditional styles, callouts, text indents in non-rectangular boxes, and more.
Quark has posted a list of resolved and unresolved issues here.
Some of the bugs that haven’t yet been fixed include: font issues when exporting to PDF or PostScript, darker previews of PDF, EPS and AI files, importing .swf files, various problems when exporting to Blio and EPUB formats, clipping paths from legacy files, charts imported from Excel, compressed TIFF files, multiple-level numbering in impored RTF files, numbering styles imported from Word, and several others.
The update (754 MB Mac; 544 MB Windows) is available as a download at http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads. (I tried using the Quark Update feature by choosing Check for Updates from the Help menu in QuarkXPress 9, but it said that my version 9.0 was already up to date. Perhaps you’ll have better luck!)
Note: QuarkXPress 9.0.1 isn’t certified for use on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), but Quark says that later this month they’ll release version 9.1, which will be certified for Lion.
Below is Quark’s official press release on the update:
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 Update Now Available
DENVER, CO – August 1, 2011 – Quark announced today the availability of QuarkXPress® 9.0.1, a free update of QuarkXPress 9 that is available to all current version 9 users. As the first maintenance release of QuarkXPress 9, version 9.0.1 resolves issues identified in QuarkXPress 9.0. The update can be downloaded from www.Quark.com <http://www.Quark.com> .
- To download the update to QuarkXPress 9.0.1 visit: http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/ <http://www.quark.com/Support/Downloads/>
- To read more about the known and resolved issues in QuarkXPress 9.0.1 visit: http://support.quark.com/documentation/QuarkXPress/known_issues.html
QuarkXPress 9 is the newest release of Quark’s page-layout and design software that is built to help designers create content that can be published to digital devices — e-readers, smartphones, and tablets — with one tool, and without coding. Whether a designer needs to publish from QuarkXPress to the iPad, create content for an e-book, or reach an expansive audience through the Blio eReader, QuarkXPress 9 can help.
QuarkXPress 9 also includes new features that automate the design process. The features are instrumental in increasing productivity and alleviating many manual, time-consuming design tasks. For a complete list of new features visit http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Whats_New.aspx.
QuarkXPress 9.0.1 supports Mac OS 10.5.8 (Leopard), Mac OS 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard), Microsoft Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or 3), Windows Vista 1.0, and Windows 7. The next update to QuarkXPress 9, due in late August, will be certified to support Mac OS 10.7 (Lion).
30-Day Test Drive
Quark is offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9 to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the QuarkXPress 9 30-day Test Drive visit http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx.
Quark 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 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.