QuarkXPress 7: Where’s the Beef?

2005
Nov
03

If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat, sit back. After months of demos and “sneak peaks,” including feature articles in every issue of X-Ray Magazine, the official magazine of QuarkXPress users, since Spring 2005, the public is asking: “Where’s the beef?” Originally expected to release in Summer 2005, that time quietly came […]

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If you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seat, sit back.

After months of demos and “sneak peaks,” including feature articles in every issue of X-Ray Magazine, the official magazine of QuarkXPress users, since Spring 2005, the public is asking: “Where’s the beef?”

Originally expected to release in Summer 2005, that time quietly came and went with naught but sneak previews of the highly anticipated XPress 7. Featuring an unprecedented color-level transparency, modern typographic controls purportedly on par with InDesign CS2′s, and integrated support for industry standard conventions such as as XML import and export, JDF Job Definition Format ticketing, and variable data printing, XPress 7 is the most anticipated update to the QuarkXPress software since the 2003 release of version 6.0, which brought the venerable layout veteran to the Mac OS X platform.

“My company needs more in the way of type control and graphics handling than we can currently do in [QuarkXPress] 6.5,” says Richard Y., who asked that his firm not be identified. “InDesign is looking really good to us. We’ve been loyal Quark customers since ’91, and don’t want to switch. I’ve been watching the news about [QuarkXPress] 7.0, but where is it? We waited all summer, now into autumn. We have needs now. Where is [QuarkXPress] 7? Where’s the beef?”

Confirming what our sources said last month, Quark announced at this past weekend’s MacExpo 2005 in London that QuarkXPress 7 is expected to ship “early next year.” Apparently, the “beef,” which looks to be an incredible and feature-rich rebuild of the Nineties workhorse, won’t appear until sometime after the first of the year 2006.

If, like many QuarkXPress users, you’ve been following the blow-by-blow news on XPress 7 on Quark VS InDesign.com, on the edge of your seat waiting for a release announcement, you can sit back now.

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