QuarkXPress 2018 available from 16 May 2018

QuarkXPress 2018 available from 16 May 2018

Quark has officially announced the availability of QuarkXPress 2018 on 16 May 2018. The latest version of Quark’s graphic design and page layout software is claimed to set standards for innovation in typography, print, design and digital publishing. Quark aims at providing its legacy users of which there are many in Indian newspapers, and new users, as well as InDesign users with powerful new features on a yearly basis.

QuarkXPress page layout software has hundreds and thousands of legacy users around the globe. The company asserts that new software is still the most modern and efficient design software in the market surpassing its competitors with its 64-bit architecture and innovative features.

The updated software contains industry-first features that substantially increase productivity, support modern front requirements, and boost print and digital publishing. Significantly, users are not required to pay any monthly subscription; owning the license is the only requirement.

Non-destructive image editing and apps ability
Quark’s user interface is intuitive; it does not have palette clutter and generates faster results. Other features include non-destructive image editing, ability to output unlimited iOS and Android Single apps without any cost, low cost of ownership with optional upgrades, more granular design control for optical margin alignment, gradients and opacity, superior typographic controls and conversion of print layouts into interactive HTML5 Publications.

The innovative features of QuarkXPress 2018 can be divided into three categories: unsurpassed typography, professional print and digital publishing, streamlined user interface (UI), and top customer requested features.

Julie Foster, one of QuarkXPress users says, “What I love most about the new version of QuarkXPress is the increased ability to convert print layouts to digital layouts (and vice versa) accurately and with ease. This, together with Quark’s unmatched typographic control and the new OpenType functionality (now also available for eBooks and HTML5 publications), gives me complete flexibility to produce high-quality designs for both print and online publications. Rating 5/5.”

QuarkXPress 2018 can be purchased from the Quark Store by Quark Telesales Team or from any Quark authorized resellers. QuarkXPress 2017 can be upgraded for £159/€185 while any version older than QuarkXPress 2017 can be upgraded for £349/€399. The new license can be purchased for £725/€829. Quark offers discounts for volume licenses, education, government, charity, and non-profit organizations. The software can be purchased from the Indian authorised reseller, QuarkXPress Publishing R&D (India) Pvt. Ltd. in Mohali, Punjab.

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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