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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2 Responses Discussing “QuarkXPress 7: Where’s the Beef?”
  1. QuarkXpress 7 will have to be bloody good! It will have to be better thatn inDesign CS never mind CS2. And heres much of Quarks problem. Xpress started out as a highly efficient DTP app, taking over from where Pagemaker left off. Whilst Pagemaker could never catch up, Quark rested on there laurels and got rich and complacent. Then Quark added silly features to Xpress that should not be in a DTP app such as packaging design (QuarkWrapture, admittadly a riduculosly expensive plug in / Xtension) and HTML page layout. Now with InDesign breathing down their necks, the temptatiopn is to add even more features. QuarkVista for example is promoted by Quark as “Photoshop Lite” as it can work on Photoshop files including individual layers.

    Where Quark is really feeling gthe pinch is from Adobe’s Creative Suite range. Why buy Xpress when you can get the Creative Suite for a little Xtra cash???

    I cannot see mnt if ANY Indesign users going back to Xpress even if Xpress is better than InDesignCS2. Not only have they made a time, effort, training and finacial commitmrnt to InDesign, the next version of InDesign, CS3 / V5 will be be almost certainly better than Xpress 7 anyway.

    These are testing times for Quark. If only they were’nt a single product company….

    #1
    03 Dec 2005
    10:43 PT
  2. Do you work for Adobe? I ve tried indesign and cannot see what all the discussion is about….Quark beats it handsdown. Who wants to to do layout with a programs that reminds me of PS?

    #2
    15 Dec 2005
    14:03 PT

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