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January Update for QX 2018

Logo update[January 25, 2018] The update to version 14.2.1 was made available on this day. It contains numerous bugfixes - but unfortunately also a new bug: Manual hyphenations "\h" can not be found and therefore not exchanged.

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  QuarkXPress 2018 14.2.1 (Build 32601)   Updater / Installer   Updater / Installer  

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Extensions for prepress files

sierra 1[November 21, 2018] As explained in detail in the article about »» macOS and suffixes, all image and layout data of old data should quickly be provided with a file extension - a suffix. Furthermore, nothing more should be done to remove suffixes from files.

The main reasons are:
  • Image files without suffix can no longer be imported into the layout by modern XPress program versions!
  • Layout files from XPress 3.1 to XPress 9 must have a suffix so that the QuarkDocumentConverter can start working on these files.
  • Photoshop and similar programs can only work with files without a suffix to a very limited extent.

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The infinite Story: Suffixes and the macOS

sierra 1[November 19, 2018] Problems caused by the operating system when opening, saving or linking a file still affect the everyday life of many users. In addition to the usual wrong access rights, there are also OS historical reasons for “irregularities” that one should be aware of in order to be able to take targeted action against them.

The old Mac operating systems up to 9.x (Classic) knew (almost) only one way how to assign existing files to a creation or editing program: the typical Mac resources “Type & Creator”, which were located in the Mac files. Type & Creator made double-clicking possible. In this way, the Mac could distinguish EPS files from FreeHand, Illustrator, Photoshop or XPress, for example.

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QDC 1.3: Give me the 9 und remove the old stuff

qxpdc 1 1[November 16, 2018] The further development of the QuarkXPress Document Converter continues: Now the converter can not only produce XPress files - also in batch mode - from version 3.1 to 6 as additional XPress 9.1 files, but also the following:

  • from XPress files from 3.1 to 9.5 delete the PasteboardXTension entry and other formerly necessary XTensions,
  • remove the unsupported XPress layout formats “Web” and “Interactive¬ from the files.

Only files with a valid suffix such as .qxd or .qxp are processed.
The converter also adds itself to the Quark updater.

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The Mac topic of the non-existent suffixes from old days will be dealt with here soon.

QuarkXPress 2018 Pro in the App Store

application 2018 icon[October 31, 2018] At the end of October, Quark introduced a special XPress version in Apples App Store: QuarkXPress 2018 Pro. The "Pro" is probably to be understood as an announcement for the future. Maybe soon reduced versions like "XPress Light" or similar will follow.

By the way, this version has already been updated to version 14.1.2 – and of course not via the Quark updater, but via the Apple Store.

In a short overview:
What does it mean for the user and the system administrator if a program is offered and installed via the App Store?

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