Posts Tagged ‘Quark’

Quark release the 8.1 updater

August 4, 2009

Quark UpdatersA time when we all breath in deep and hope that this release will be better than the last, well that’s how it used to be anyway, now that Quark 8 seems to be a lot more friendly, we welcome the releases of any update that improves their already productivity breaking software. The website quotes the following as their improvements, and you can find a list of resolved issues here.

This update improves PDF output capabilities and introduces features that make the page-layout process even more intuitive and productive. QuarkXPress 8.1 introduces a ‘Native Transparency’ mode for creating PDFs which can offer designers faster and more flexible PDF output support and provide greater control over their PDF workflow process. This release also renovates spell checking, adds the ability to paste text without formatting, and improves productivity with Scale functionality. QuarkXPress 8.1 also fine tunes Usability and Item Styles. In addition, it can help prevent errors by reporting faux font styles such as bold or italic. This version readies QuarkXPress for Snow Leopard and Windows 7 compatibility, and the Windows version of this release adds a Welcome Screen.

I’ve already started downloading to install, so if I find anything major I’ll let you know.

Grab the update here. or read the full press release here.

Author: Gary George

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Growing trend towards Indesign – Can Quark win them back….

July 20, 2009

It’s 1996, the previous 7 years of my career have seen an industrial revolution in the pre-press or repro world that I was working in, I’d gone from an old Scitex Imager One that I performed my traineeship on to the high end world of Contex Graphic Systems that were sold through a division Xyvision, Mac’s and PC’s were, well slow and before then didn’t really have the stability that was required for consistent and efficient production. Our imagery composition was done with Alias Eclipse far more powerful than the Photoshop at the time, even with Photoshop available for the Silicon Graphics Irix OS, Alias Eclipse was just awesome in its speed and the tools it offered.

prepress_history_quark33But we’re not here to talk about that, 1996…. what happened then to make this such a pinnacle year in the article, well 1996 was the year that Quark release version 3.3 of their desktop publishing software, previous versions were so unstable that using it was like visiting the dentist for a tooth extraction. But this year also marked some serious other changes that would alter the course of history, in 1996 Steve Jobs made the purchase of NEXT and Apple had started working on what would 2 years latter be the first IMac.

The creative design studio’s around the globe were beginning to realise the cost of production had started to plummet as they were able to purchase desktop Mac’s or PC’s and bolt them into their networks & fileservers. Unfortunately still plagued with the stability problems of OS9 on the Mac, and the grinding of Windows Quark fought on to become the powerhorse of page layout. A few years earlier Adobe had purchased PageMaker from Aldus to have its own page layout application in the market, unfortunately it was no challenge to the feature rich QuarkXpress which gained almost 90% of the market share during the 90’s.

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Is ‘free’ pre-media software an effective way to advertise?

May 29, 2009

Recently we have seen a number of pre-media companies providing institutions free software, do we think this is for the greater good of the next generation of pre-media specialists or does it serve the software companies as free advertising for them. If free software is provided by companies such as Alwan, Dalim, EskoArtwork, Quark etc etc, should all edutcational institutes not benefit from their genereous givaways?

Author: Gary George