Quark has announced that it will update its venerable QuarkXpress page layout program with a new 2015 edition due out in March. This will see a new 64-bit architecture and support for PDF/X-4 output. The exported PDF/X-4 files are certified with the same technology used inside Adobe Acrobat. With this latest standard, designers can preserve transparency to enable faster output, smaller files and higher quality print output.
QuarkXPress 2015 will also feature the top 10 most-requested enhancements, including up to 4x larger page sizes, custom paper sizes and a dedicated Orthogonal Line Tool. There will be new table styles and a Format Painter and the ability to relink any picture in the Usage dialogue as well as fixed layout interactive eBooks.
Quark has also confirmed that it will continue to sell this software as a perpetual license. Until 25 February, 2015, everyone who buys or upgrades to QuarkXPress 10 will receive a completely free upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015 when it is available. You can also pre-order it now for €299/£199/$249/¥25.000, which Quark claims is significantly lower than the current upgrade price up until 25 February.
No doubt, Quark will continue to drip feed need features over the next couple of months. But in the meantime you can find more details here: www.quark.com/2015.