QuarkXPress 8 Review: Enhanced Typography and Sleek Interface

Today at the Drupa print media fair in Düsseldorf, Quark Inc.

unveiled QuarkXPress 8, the newest iteration of its sophisticated design software for both Mac and Windows platforms.

This release focuses heavily on enhancing the user interface and workflow elements, addressing the critiques that emerged following the release of QuarkXPress 7.

Enhancements to the interface include:

  • A dynamic picture content tool that allows for real-time image manipulation including moving, rotating, and scaling

  • Introduction of new Bézier Pen Tools

  • An upgraded measurements palette featuring new options for adjusting drop-shadows

  • Capability to drag-and-drop items directly from the desktop, Adobe Bridge, iPhoto, Microsoft Word, and other compatible applications

  • Immediate access to master pages and streamlined exports to PDF, SWF, HTML, and EPS formats

QuarkXPress 8 also brings advanced typographic controls to the table, offering features like hanging characters with various presets, and native support for creating Flash content, which previously required an additional purchase of Quark Interactive Designer.

Quark has announced a special offer for designers: those who buy QuarkXPress 7 at full price from now until August 1, 2008, as well as those who have purchased QuarkXPress 7 or an upgrade since May 1, will be eligible for a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 8.

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