Free update to QuarkXPress 8.5

Quark has released a free update for users of QuarkXPress8, bringing the venerable design and page layout software up to version 8.5. The updates in QuarkXPress 8.5 include support for Microsoft Word DOCX for the first time, updated and new PANTONE colour libraries, an automatic software updater, and a number of resolved issues.

QuarkXPress 8.5 includes an updater that automatically checks for and downloads new QuarkXPress software as it is released. Version 8.5 also allows users to import and export DOCX (.docx) formats, allowing for greater flexibility when working with the latest file format. DOCX is the new XML-based file format for Microsoft Word that was introduced by Microsoft with Microsoft Office 12 and replaced .doc files.

In addition, QuarkXPress 8.5 includes updated PANTONE PLUS colour libraries that were released in May 2010. Users can now choose from new libraries including:
PANTONE + Color Bridge
PANTONE + Pastels & Neons (Coated & Uncoated)
PANTONE + Premium Metallics (Coated)

In addition to increased flexibility and functionality, QuarkXPress 8.5 continues Quark’s commitment to stability and reliability by regularly resolving a number of user-reported issues. A list of the most anticipated issues addressed and resolved, which include Snow Leopard compatibility, PDF export, and Quark Publishing System integration with Job Jackets, can be found here

Visit Quark to learn more about QuarkXPress 8.5 and to try a fully-functional 60-day Test Drive version.

Anyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 8 between 1st September and 30th November 2010 will be able to choose between two free bundles worth up to £433/€513. The Magic Software Bundle features MarkzTools (Mac only) and ID2Q from Markzware, as well as 1,000 professional OpenType fonts. The Magic Maintenance Bundle includes a year’s worth of unlimited telephone technical support, the ability to upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress, free upgrades to any new versions of QuarkXPress released during the 12 months, and the 1,000 OpenType fonts. Learn more about the special offer.

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