QuarkXPress 2017, the next major release of Quark’s fully-integrated graphic design and layout software for professional print and digital production, will be released in the second quarter of this year. QuarkXPress 2017 “raises the bar for design, productivity, efficiency, and output quality,” said the company. The addition of more features, enhanced text and typography functionality, new graphics and image editing capabilities, continued digital publishing innovation, and Quark’s lifetime licensing model, are some of the highlights.
“QuarkXPress 2017 represents Quark’s passion for graphic design and our commitment to delivering the best possible software to our customers,” said Matthias Guenther, Director of the QuarkXPress Business Unit. “Our team has worked around the clock to implement new features our customers have requested, as well as innovative new functionality that saves designers time and costs.”
Martin Turner, publishing expert, book author and pre-release tester added: “This year, QuarkXPress 2017 introduces a set of image manipulation controls that effectively end the back-and-forth required between software applications. For users who are still stuck with page-layout software that can’t directly manipulate images, QuarkXPress 2017 presents a compelling reason to switch.” The new features and functionality in QuarkXPress 2017 fall into four major categories: images and vectors, typography and text, customer wish-list items, and digital publishing.
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. New image and vector capabilities include non-destructive Image Editing, Transparency Blend Modes, New Shape Tools, Enhancements to Multicolour Gradients and Item Format Painter.
Text and Typography. QuarkXPress currently provides powerful typographic tools such as the ability to apply horizontal and vertical kerning as well as editing kerning pairs. QuarkXPress 2017 adds Text Stroking, Text Shading, Column Spanning, Column Splitting and Smart Quotes.
Wish-list Items. Some features developed for QuarkXPress 2017 based on customer feedback include 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, and Most Recent Fonts.
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 (flipbooks), and even mobile apps (AppStudio). New features bring even more power and flexibility to digital publishing and include Unlimited (with some restrictions) Free iOS Single Apps Creation, Adaptive Layout Conversion for Digital, and Responsive HTML5 Publications.
QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017 support the newest three operating systems from both MacOS and Windows. Please note that QuarkXPress 2017 may work on older operating systems, however these are not supported or tested by Quark. Mac systems include Yosemite (OS X 10.10), El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and Sierra (MacOS 10.12). Windows systems include Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (64-bit only, with latest updates)
Special QuarkXPress 2017 pre-order offers
From March 1, 2017 until QuarkXPress 2017 is officially available in the second quarter if this year, 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 3-10 or 2015, will now receive a free copy of QuarkXPress 2017 when it becomes available. Quark is also offering current QuarkXPress 2016 users to pre-order a QuarkXPress 2017 upgrade for only $179 (USD). These offers do not apply to educational licenses. To learn more and read the full terms and conditions, or FAQs, please visit www.quark.com/2017.