Has QuarkXpress 2016 changed the game?

Once upon a time QuarkXpress was the go-to software for print layouts. In the early 2000's however, partly due to Quark's repeated failings to make OS X-native versions of XPress, the software fell by the wayside in favour of Adobe InDesign - the exciting new kid on the block.

Jump to 2016 and a newly revitalised Quark have confidently released the latest instalment of Xpress with a range of groundbreaking new features.

The interface itself for the most part is identical to the previous version of Quark, albeit with a few minor tweaks. The big changes aren't right there on the surface, but Quark 2016 boasts the ability to convert imported PDF, EPS, and Adobe Illustrator files to native editable QuarkXPress objects. Even allowing conversion of objects and entire pages from Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and other apps.

Time you would have spent extrapolating data from an excel document and formatting into a table within quark can now be reduced by a simple copy and paste. The same goes for Illustrator shapes which seamlessly become native quark shapes, retaining all of their original anchor points for use with Quark's own pen tool.

It takes literally seconds for Quark to convert all of the objects in a PDF, and more importantly it keeps related text together in one text box. When you compare this to converting the file in Adobe Illustrator, which often breaks the text into single-word text boxes (often requiring the designer to recreate the artwork from scratch), it's an incredibly useful tool which could save hours of work!

These additions alone really throw QuarkXpress back into the ring in a big way, check out the full range of new features for yourself here.