QuarkXPress 2018 (Americas Edition) is the next major version of Quark’s award-winning design and layout tool for print and digital publishing. Building on the foundation of performance and reliability delivered by its predecessor, QuarkXPress 2018 is the must-have upgrade for every QuarkXPress user. From the simplicity of the new text tools to the innovation of exporting HTML5 Publications, QuarkXPress 2018 takes design and productivity to the next level.
QuarkXPress 2018 brings powerful new features to the table and reveals a remarkably responsive attitude to user requests, which other software houses could learn from. Alongside a slew of user-requested features which on their own would make the upgrade worthwhile, QuarkXPress brings major new elements which send it hurtling past the competition.
Under the hood
QuarkXPress 2018 is the new version that raises the bar for design and productivity. With non-destructive graphics and image editing directly within your layout, you no longer have to choose between efficiency and output quality – you can have both. Create responsive HTML5 Publications as well as single iOS apps. What’s more, Quark has worked around the clock to implement as many customer ‘wish list’ features as possible.
Convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to Native QuarkXPress Objects
Say goodbye to time-consuming projects (think rebuilding logos and reconstructing PDF files sent by your clients). QuarkXPress is the first layout application to import PDF, Illustrator and EPS files and convert them to native objects. Look forward to fully editable Bezier versions of vector graphics, real text and automatically extracted colors and fonts.
Adaptive Layout Conversion for Print
Adaptive Layout Conversion can also be used for print. Easily convert an A4 layout into a long postcard or a US letter layout into A4. Simply specify rules so QuarkXPress 2018 knows which elements of your typography and design should adjust and which should stay untouched.
UI Enhancements on Mac and Win
QuarkXPress for Mac introduces new themes called “Gray” and “Light Gray.” These themes provide a modern look with flat icons and buttons throughout the application. QuarkXPress for Windows now fully supports HiDPI monitors, Context Menus have been optimised and you can drag palettes in and out from palette groups.
Export as HTML5 Publications
Building on the popularity of re-flowable and fixed layout eBooks and stunning interactive apps from App Studio, QuarkXPress 2018 adds enhancements to another digital output format. You can now create HTML5 Publications without any additional software and no additional digital publishing costs.* Just upload HTML5 Publications to your own website and show the world. HTML5 Publications displays pixel-perfect layouts on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers, providing an easy and effective online experience. With HTML5 Publications you can go beyond static print layouts to add interactive enrichments such as scrollable areas, slide shows, animations and more. Quite possibly the easiest way to share your final magazine, newspaper, comics, reports, ads and more. Even use HTML5 Publications to enable Web-based previews for your customers.
* Own Webserver/Domain is required
Enhanced Typography and Text possibilities
QuarkXPress 2018 offers Text Shading, Stroking, Column Spanning/Splitting, Word import filter which now supports explicit options to include/exclude Footnotes, Hyperlinks and Pictures, Smart textbox linking and unlinking, view the most recent fonts at the top of the Font list and Smart Quotes.
Now there’s a solution to these lost hours of re-creation: In QuarkXPress 2018 you can paste elements such as vector graphics and text natively from other applications, and import EPS and PDF files and convert them natively into Quark editable vector objects. This is huge.
Illustration apps, of course, have been able to do this for years after a fashion. However, anyone who has actually tried to import a PowerPoint slide, Excel chart or MagicMaps map knows that so much cleaning up may be required that it isn’t worth the effort. QuarkXPress has leap-frogged not only its own main competitor, but also the world’s leading illustration application in accurately bringing in and converting the most troublesome graphics. Fonts, text, and colours come across flawlessly, with text in editable form, rather than broken up into single words, single letters or baffling hieroglyphics.
With full page PDFs, it means that there is now no barrier to taking a layout from some indeterminate source and turning it straight into a Quark master page. Logos can be seamlessly extracted, as can graphic elements and all of these are then amenable to Quark’s own quite powerful path combination tools, and the inimitable Super Step and Repeat. It works for vector elements and bitmap elements and you can save these out as images and reimport if you want to keep them separate from the main file. Importing an EPS or PDF file and converting to native objects also adds the colours used to Quark’s list in the colour-space in which they are saved. This means that you can now pick up a full set of brand-approved CMYK or RGB values, even if these differ from Quark’s internal conversions, without having to enter the numbers by hand.
The Eye Dropper tool, previously available as an XTension, is now part of the core software. The Eye Dropper is not quite like other Eye Droppers. Instead of copying a colour from one item to another, it copies the selected colour from imported images to Quark’s own palette, either as a temporary colour or straight in.
Multi-colour transformations and Stylistic sets in Open Type
Hard-core typographers may eschew the relative flippancy of multi-part gradients, but the arrival of full support for Open Type stylistic sets is something they will welcome. Stylistic Sets have been part of the ever-extending Open Type specification for some time, but it’s only now that type foundries are really getting to grips with them. Stylistic sets offer multiple fonts within a font. For typographers it prompts visions of the Holy Grail: digital type, but with the original foundry designs, each precisely crafted for a particular size rather than averaged out across a range.
Building on the foot-notes and end-notes introduced in 2015, QuarkXPress 2018 supports cross-references to those notes, and also to numbered items. This is a boon to those doing structured corporate documents, where adding in a new paragraph 2.1 would previously have made all the references to the old 2.1 incorrect.
Tweaks and improvements
On a Mac, you can now pinch & zoom and turn images using gestures. The Windows interface has been given a thorough overhaul. On both systems, the measurements panel now has two sizes: regular, and large. Search and Replace has been upgraded to include breaking and non-breaking characters, and to remember what you last searched for. Dynamic guidelines have been improved. Content Variables can now wrap (something, that another major layout application can’t do). There are also tweaks and upgrades to the footnote styles, and some new numbering styles suited to footnotes.