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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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October-Update for QX 2018

Logo update[October 31, 2018] The update to version 14.1 was released on October 18. However, it contained two bugs, so on October 23 the bugfixed version 14.1.2 followed. Typically, the update to xx.1.x for Quark provides additional new features or operating system customizations.

  Version   Mac   Windows  
  QuarkXPress 2018 14.1.2 (Build 32460)   Updater   Updater  

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July Update for QX 2018

Logo update[July 30, 2018] The new Version 14.0.1 offers bugfixes for minor problems. There are also two important news for Mac users: The submenu for font styles has returned and QX 2018 version 14.0.1 and higher no longer runs under macOS Yosemite.

The weakness of some fonts, where the "B"-button does not work properly, could not be fixed yet.

  Version   Mac   Windows  
  QuarkXPress 2018 14.0.1 (Build 32318)   Updater   Updater  

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Juggling with versions: JoJo ­1.9

JoJo[July 8, 2018] Who doesn't have to juggle program versions and layout versions every time a new version is introduced?

With the small program "JoJo" from JoLauterbach the handling on the Mac becomes child's play.

How are you doing?

  • Drag a QuarkXPress or InDesign file onto the icon (easiest way is in the Dock).
  • If JoJo has been configured, the desired program starts.

I once prepared something …

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June Update for QX 2017

Logo update[June 19, 2018] The new version 13.2.4 offers bugfixes for problems with tabs, images that move when updating, paragraph lines that ignore indentation, fonts that do not show up under macOS Sierra and an improved silent installer for Windows.

There is also a new feature: an app export for iPhone X.

  Version   Mac   Windows  
  QuarkXPress 2017 13.2.4 (Build 29282)   Updater   Updater  

May 16: QuarkXPress 2018 is officially released

application 2018 icon[May 16, 2018] Shortly before Whitsun, the new XPress version 2018 (14.0) was released for download on the Quark servers.

The installers for a 7-day demo or a full version can be found here. Do not select the “Upgrade” option during installation – otherwise you run the risk of removing version 2017 (13.x).

macOS: XPress 14.0 Installer
Windows OS: XPress 14.0 Installer