Quark Acquires A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP)

Quark Acquires A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP)

2005
Dec
14

Press Release Quark, Inc. acquires ALAP DENVER – December 14, 2005 – Quark Inc. today announced that it has acquired the business and assets of A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP), a leading provider of extended technology for the publishing and graphic design industries. With the acquisition, Quark has acquired ALAP’s products, which add valuable [...]

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Quark Acquires ALAP
Quark, Inc. acquires ALAP

DENVER – December 14, 2005 – Quark Inc. today announced that it has acquired the business and assets of A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP), a leading provider of extended technology for the publishing and graphic design industries. With the acquisition, Quark has acquired ALAP’s products, which add valuable functionality to the Quark product family. In addition, ALAP founder Paul Schmitt has joined Quark as vice president of product development. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Quark’s acquisition of ALAP is an ideal strategic fit for both companies. ALAP’s popular imaging, impositioning, and productivity tools are a natural complement to QuarkXPress, and they put more useful features into the hands of our customers,” said Linda Chase, interim president of Quark. “ALAP’s imaging technology will work with the outstanding QuarkVista technology in QuarkXPress, and adds sophisticated compositing and Photoshop support to QuarkXPress. We’ll also be able to put low cost impositioning software into the hands of our customers and deliver a more complete portfolio for automated digital workflows.”

“This is very exciting for both Quark and ALAP. There’s a strategic fit between the Quark and ALAP product lines, and our customers will see immediate benefit from the closer collaboration in development on QuarkXPress 7 and future products,” said Paul Schmitt, president of ALAP and Quark’s new vice president of product development. “As a longstanding XTensions developer, we’re extremely familiar with Quark technology, and we’re confident that we’ll integrate our products into the Quark family very quickly.”

About Quark

Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is an industry leader and the only software company providing multi-channel communication and commerce management software solutions that are transforming the business of creative communications. Quark has provided award-winning software for professional publishers since its flagship product, QuarkXPress, changed the course of traditional publishing. Founded in 1981, Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.

About “A Lowly Apprentice Production, Inc.”

Founded in 1990, A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP) is a leading provider of extended technology for the publishing and graphic design industries. Affordable, easy to use and seamlessly integrating into the host application environment, ALAP’s products have won major awards in both the United States and in Europe.

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5 Responses Discussing “Quark Acquires A Lowly Apprentice Production Inc. (ALAP)”
  1. Great, I wonder how Adobe will handle the whole InBooklet SE / InDesign situation caused by this.

    #1
    15 Dec 2005
    08:53 PT
  2. That was my first thought, but neither ALAP nor Quark would go on the record about the future of the InBooklet SE licensing arrangement with Adobe, nor would they discuss any plans Quark might have for the InDesign and Acrobat plug-ins.

    #2
    15 Dec 2005
    09:59 PT
  3. well, am sure they will do the same as Romans ould do, if they had acquired ALAP.

    #3
    15 Dec 2005
    16:06 PT
  4. I finally found a need for InTools yesterday and found that Quark must have officially killed it. One plug-in site flashed a message that the product has been discontinued.

    #4
    26 Feb 2006
    21:09 PT
  5. [...] In December, Quark bought ALAP. At that time, Quark declined comment on what was to become of ALAP’s Adobe-centric offerings, causing trepidation among InDesignistas everywhere. [...]

    07 Mar 2006
    14:37 PT
    #5

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