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.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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