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Those who work with east Asian languages will be thrilled that all editions of QuarkXPress 10 now support advanced east-Asian language features. Here’s an example of using Chinese characters alongside western characters in a book I’m working on:

 

If your clients or co-workers use Microsoft Word, importing their work into QuarkXPress 10 is a lot smoother because QuarkXPress can now import inline pictures and hyperlinks. That’s a huge improvement.

Quick-Response Codes (QR Codes) are all the rage, so QuarkXPress provides a simple way to create one right on the page. Just type in a URL, a phone number, a mailto: or any other text (or a complete address VCard containing name, phone number, email and website) and QuarkXPress fills a picture box for you: 

 

The QR Code picture box contains native QuarkXPress rectangles, so you can resize the QR Code without losing clarity, and you can change its color by using the standard color controls in QuarkXPress. Unfortunately, when moving the QR Code on the page you’ll experience the same delays as when moving picture boxes (see above), but Quark promises a fix will be released in October.

For several versions now, QuarkXPress has let you add complex interactivity to page items. Previously, it output to Flash format, but QuarkXPress 10’s interactivity features are now all about HTML 5: 

 

If you use QuarkXPress with App Studio to create apps for mobile devices, you’ll enjoy several new features, such as “Page Flip”:

  

If you’re not familiar with App Studio, here’s a diagram of what you can give it, and what it can export to (click to enlarge):

  

Some important things got left behind:

With this rewrite of the code base, QuarkXPress 10 will only open QuarkXPress files back to version 7. If you have documents last saved in version 6 or earlier, you’ll want to keep a copy of QuarkXPress 8 or 9 handy to open and re-save those. QuarkXPress 10 also drops support for exporting to Flash, Blio and HTML 4 (HTML 5 is SO much more capable!).

Bottom line:

I’m not going to get into the question of whether QuarkXPress is “better” than its competition — that totally depends on what kind of work you do. If you use QuarkXPress, you’ll find that version 10 has a giant number of large and small improvements that will make your work more efficient, and open up additional project opportunities for you.

 

System Requirements:

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later (including 10.9 Mavericks)

Windows 7 and 8

 

Hardware requirements: 

Mac: Intel processor, 2 GB RAM, 2 GB hard disk space

Windows: 2GB RAM, 1GB hard disk space

 

Price:

$849 (upgrades: $349 from version 8 or 9)

Discounts for non-profits and education

http://shop.quark.com/am/

 

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