QuarkXPress 2018 to be launched on 16 May 2018

QuarkXPress 2018 to be launched on 16 May 2018

Quark has announced that QuarkXPress 2018, the next new full version of Quark’s graphic design and page layout software, will be launched on 16 May 2018. It will bring designers and creative professionals new typography, print and digital publishing features necessary to meet daily creative and productivity demands.

Over the past three years, Quark has added major features and functionality to QuarkXPress – and QuarkXPress 2018 is no exception.

The new features and functionality in QuarkXPress 2018 fall into a few main categories: unsurpassed typography, professional print and digital publishing, streamlined user interface (UI), and customer wish list features.

Under unsurpassed typography, it offers first-class OpenType controls, color fonts support, upgraded font listing and hyphenation strictness levels.

Under professional print publishing category, it offers direct InDesign IDML import, callas PDF print engine, tagged/accessible PDF and built-in modern JavaScript v8.

Unlimited digital publishing category offers features such as create Android Single apps, HTML5 export optimisations, digital preview improvements and grouped items interactivity.

Under streamline user interface, the software offers power user interface and vertical measurement palette.

And in the even more wish list features are digital-to-print conversion (Digital First Workflow), span footnotes over columns, different frames for each side of a box, 10 to 1000% print scaling, flip groups and more.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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