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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?

  • There are no upgrades via the App Store, only free updates! The version (2019?) 15.x would have to be purchased again.
  • The app can be installed as often as your Apple ID allows. At the moment mostly 5 times.
  • There is no validation code and no registration with the manufacturer, i.e. Quark. This has effects on the support.
  • Apple's sandboxing changes the way a program handles access rights on your computer after installation. For example, the preferences are stored at a different location and are only read from there: Macintosh HD/Users/[name]/Library/Containers/com.quark.quarkxpress.2018.pro/Data/Library/Preferences/Quark/QuarkXPress 2018.
  • There is no QuarkCacheCleaner within this installation anymore and no direct export of eBooks in Kindle format (fixed and reflow).
  • Additional XTensions must be stored at the following location: Macintosh HD/Users/[name]/Library/Containers/com.quark.quarkxpress.2018.pro/Data/Library/Application Support/Quark/QuarkXPress 2018/XTensions.
  • The backup copy is no longer created in the document folder, but also in the container area: Macintosh HD/Users/[name]/Library/Containers/com.quark.quarkxpress.2018.pro/Data/Documents/Quark_Backup
  • Immediately after the start a folder - Working Folder - must be defined to which access rights are assigned: for saving, loading or importing images. This area should be adjusted constantly: Application Preferences > Application > Working Folders.
  • No use on Mac OS X El Capitan™ (10.11).

Has not (yet) been implemented:

  • JavaScript support

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