Quark is to release the next generation of its venerable page layout software, QuarkXPress 2018, in May. This promises new typography features, including emoji support, as well as improvements to the way the software handles both print and digital publishing.
There are a number of enhancements to the overall typography, including making OpenType features, such as fractions and ligatures, easier to access and use. It also supports colour fonts, such as Emojis, with support for SVG, SBIX and COLR formats in print, PDF and digital output. Font families and styles are now listed in two separate combinations and can be mapped to the type styles buttons P/B/I in the palettes and dialog.
It’s also now possible to set hyphenation levels down to the paragraph level with a choice of five degrees of strictness, such as to hyphenate everywhere it’s grammatically correct or only hyphenate compound words. This is based on technology licensed from UB Dieckmann and works across all languages that QuarkXPress supports.
There’s a new InDesign IDML Import feature that converts InDesign IDML documents directly into the QuarkXPress format. Quark has also integrated the Callas PDF engine, which contains Adobe’s PDF Libraries, to deliver better quality PDFs, PDF/X and PDF/A files. This also allows new tools for creating accessibility compliant PDFs.
On the digital publishing front, QuarkXPress now gains the ability to create Android single apps alongside the existing iOS capability. In addition, HTML5 Publications and ePub now export more items than before as native HTML5 elements, including type styles (Outline, Shadow), Tables as HTML tables and Anchored text boxes. There are new responsive HTML5 Preview options, including: Page Preview, Layout Preview, Project Preview. It’s also possible to add interactivity, such as buttons and video, to groups. Quark also now allows digital to print conversion, where the digital workflow comes first.
QuarkXPress 2018 is due to ship on 16 May this year, with Quark promising to ship a free copy to anyone who orders the current version in the meantime. There are substantial discounts for people upgrading from older versions, or from InDesign, as well as discounts for those pre-ordering the new version. It’s still sold as a perpetual license with Quark confirming that there are no plans for a cloud-based subscription.