Quark released today QuarkXPress 8.5, a free update to Quark’s graphic design and page layout software that is available to all QuarkXPress 8 users. The updates in QuarkXPress 8.5 include support for Microsoft Word DOCX for the first time, updated and new Pantone colour libraries, an automatic software updater, and a number of resolved issues.

Updates to QuarkXPress 8.5 include:

• DOCX import and export: DOCX is the new XML-based file format for Microsoft Word that was introduced by Microsoft with Microsoft Office 12 and replaced .doc files. QuarkXPress 8.5 now allows users to import and export DOCX (.docx) formats, allowing for greater flexibility when working with the latest file format.
• Quark Updater: It is now easier for users to stay current with QuarkXPress updates. Version 8.5 includes an updater that automatically checks for and downloads new QuarkXPress software as it is released.
• Pantone library updates: QuarkXPress 8.5 includes updated Pantone PLUS colour libraries that were released in May 2010. Users can now choose from new libraries, including:
o Pantone CMYK 
o Pantone Color Bridge 
o Pantone Pastels & Neons (Coated & Uncoated)
o Pantone Premium Metallics Chips (Coated)

In addition to increased flexibility and functionality, QuarkXPress 8.5 continues Quark’s commitment to stability and reliability by regularly resolving a number of user-reported issues. A list of the most anticipated issues addressed and resolved, which include Snow Leopard compatibility, PDF export, and Quark Publishing System integration with Job Jackets, can be found here: 8.quark.com/en/techinfo/known_issues.html

To learn more about QuarkXPress 8.5 and to try a fully-functional 60-day Test Drive version visit: 8.quark.com.

Special offer

Anyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 8 between 1 September and 30 November 2010 will be able to choose between two free bundles worth up to £433/€513. The Magic Software Bundle features MarkzTools (Mac only) and ID2Q from Markzware, as well as 1000 professional OpenType fonts. The Magic Maintenance Bundle includes a year’s worth of unlimited telephone technical support, the ability to upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress, free upgrades to any new versions of QuarkXPress released during the 12 months, and the 1,000 OpenType fonts.