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QuarkXPress 2017 is the new version that raises the bar for design and productivity. With non-destructive graphics and image editing directly within your layout, you no longer have to choose between efficiency and output quality – have both. Create responsive HTML5 Publications as well as “unlimited”* single iOS apps. What’s more, the team has worked around the clock to implement as many customer ‘wish list’ features as possible. Customers drive our software and our job is to make every QuarkXPress user smarter and faster in their work. What’s New in QuarkXPress 2017:

  • Introducing new graphics and image editing capabilities
  • Enhancing and extending text and typography features
  • “Wish list” features requested by our users
  • Continued digital publishing innovation
  • Retaining the perpetual lifetime license model

Images and Vectors

Designers have to master a range of tools including page design, vector drawing and image editing. However, having to switch tools frequently is highly inefficient. QuarkXPress already provides Bézier editing so you can remain in one application for page layout and vector drawing. With the new image editing features you can also stay in your favorite design application while you perfect your images too.

  • Non-destructive Image Editing (Adjustments)
    Edit images by adjusting levels and curves, changing brightness and contrast, applying gamma correction and much more. All of your adjustments are non-destructive, so your original images stay intact. That means you can quickly remove effects and use the same image in multiple instances with different adjustments applied. You can also automatically create new, unique versions of one or all images with all of the adjustments applied. This includes downsampling, applying clipping (based on its picture box), and changing the color mode or image format. And all the new images created are automatically linked to the layout.
  • Non-destructive Image Editing (Filters)
    QuarkXPress 2017 also offers non-destructive filters for images. Filters include unsharp masking, embossing and contour tracing. This means you can easily apply these effects, like unsharp masking, at the end of the workflow, so just one image is needed even if there will be multiple destinations (different sizes, web, mobile, etc.).
  • Item Format Painter
    QuarkXPress adds a new tool to the Tool bar to quickly copy attributes from one item to another without having to create an Item Style.
  • Transparency Blend Modes
    QuarkXPress now introduces support for blending between two or more overlapping objects including images. Using the Image Editing palette you can easily multiply an image with its background, apply screening, color dodge and many more effects.
  • New Shape Tools
    To enable you to create new shapes much more quickly the QuarkXPress tool palette is now extended to add more shape tools. New tools include a star, a diamond, a polygon, a triangle, a spiral, and many more. Designers can adjust presets or create their own presets to quickly build exciting shapes for text or picture boxes.
  • Multicolor Gradients Enhancements
    Multicolor Gradients are now also possible using a diamond and rectangular shape. Additionally, you can now apply gradients to frames and lines. Add the gradients to the color palette for easy reuse and quickly create stunning effects.

Typography and Text

Designers use subtle typographic effects and micro-typography to underline and support marketing messages. These effects are only possible if your design software supports advanced typography requirements. QuarkXPress has always provided powerful typographic tools such as the still unmatched ability to apply horizontal AND vertical kerning as well as editing kerning pairs. QuarkXPress 2017 adds powerful new possibilities:

  • Text Stroking
    Use text stroking to create text outline styles without the need to convert text to a box. Create stunning effects by defining stroke line width, join points, miter settings and of course outline colors. And the text stays as text, so you can always edit it.
  • Text Shading
    Highlight a single word or a complete paragraph. You can adjust shading (a text background color) in numerous ways and of course the highlight moves with the text if it’s changed or adjusted. You can also set the frame around the text with or without text shading and add this effect into style sheets to be applied automatically.
  • Column Spanning/Splitting
    You need to span a headline in a 3-column text box over all columns quickly. With QuarkXPress now offering the ability to split and span column flow in a single text box, it’s just a click away. It even works if you want to split an existing textbox or even a column into more columns.
  • Non-breaking Text Attribute
    Throughout a long document you want to keep specific words in your text together and never allow them to line-wrap? Just search for the words and apply the non-breaking attributes. Of course, you can still apply the non-breaking attribute to selected text manually.
  • Merge Text Boxes
    When you Convert to Native Objects from a PDF created with Microsoft Office, it’s possible to end up with text being spread over several textboxes. You can now merge text boxes and retain text flow in the correct order with the easy-to-use “merge text boxes” feature.
  • Line Between Columns
    To simplify the creation of column rules (lines between columns of a text box) QuarkXPress 2017 adds the capability to simply apply automatic rules to multi-column text boxes.
  • Proportional Leading
    In addition to auto-leading, fixed leading (e.g. “12 pt”) and relative leading (e.g. “+2pt”) QuarkXPress now adds a new method called proportional leading. Specify a percentage such as 20%, and the leading always adjusts itself according to the font size you use. QuarkXPress is the first layout application to offer all four leading approaches.
  • Word Import enhanced
    The Word import filter now supports explicit options to include/exclude Footnotes, Hyperlinks and Pictures. You can also import Footnotes as static text at the end of the story flow and import Word tables as native QuarkXPress tables.
  • Smart textbox linking
    Using the existing link tool, now link text boxes that already contain text. You can even unlink text boxes, so that two text chains are created. It’s linking on steroids!
  • Most recent fonts
    See the most recently used fonts at the top of the font list and in all dialogs and palettes where font listing is available.
  • Smart Quotes
    It is now possible to specify default single and double quotes in the Preferences as well as select different language or region-specific smart quotes. Word and Text import honor these smart quote settings automatically.

Digital Publishing

HTML5 Publications display pixel-perfect layouts on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers, providing an easy and effective online experience. With HTML5 Publications you can go beyond static print layouts to add interactive enrichments such as scrollable areas, slide shows, animations and more. Quite possibly the easiest way to share your final magazine, newspaper, comics, reports, ads and more. With QuarkXPress 2017 we continued to innovate the digital output and added responsive HTML5 and an option to even create iOS apps completely free*.

  • Responsive HTML5 Publications
    QuarkXPress 2017 can export multiple digital layouts of different sizes as a single HTML5 package. For example, you can create a layouts for an iPad (Vertical and Horizontal), duplicate it using Adaptive Settings to iPhone (V and H) and adjust it. Both sizes are exported into the same HTML5 Publication so your readers will see the correct layout depending on the size of their viewing device. This happens responsively, meaning if your readers use a desktop browser to view these and decrease the browser window, they will suddenly see the iPhone layout instead of the iPad layout. Of course, you are not limited to two sizes, you can create as many different sizes as you need. Now your readers can have the most device-appropriate layout automatically.
  • “Unlimited* Free iOS Apps
    Use the QuarkXPress digital layout capabilities to create innovative interactive experiences, all 100% based on HTML5. Now you can create as many single iOS apps as you like. No subscription, no per-app-fee, all done directly from within QuarkXPress 2017. Note that you will need to stay current with at least the previous version of QuarkXPress in order to continue to use this feature.
  • Adaptive Layout Conversion for Digital
    QuarkXPress supports the rapid conversion of print layouts into digital media through adaptive conversion. Adaptive conversion lets you convert a print layout into a digital layout and automatically resize all design elements, even if you convert the layout to different aspect ratios. Adaptive Conversion allows you to specify which attributes of your design will be adjusted and which will stay in their original size. This speeds up conversion significantly between different media and devices.


As has become a customary approach, we asked our QuarkXPress customers to rank wish list features for future versions. Many of the following features and enhancements were developed specifically based on this customer feedback.

  • Convert to Native Objects Enhancements
    With the introduction of this game-changing feature, QuarkXPress is the first layout application to convert almost any third party content and layout such as PDF, AI, EPS, InDesign or MS Office files to native, editable QuarkXPress objects. Based on user feedback, this capability has now been greatly enhanced. For example, converted images can optionally be saved to disk and linked to the QuarkXPress layout, keeping their resolution, color model, and color profiles.
  • Adaptive Layout Conversion for Print
    Adaptive Layout Conversion can also be used for print. Easily convert an A4 layout into a long postcard or a US letter layout into A4. Simply specify rules so QuarkXPress knows which elements of your typography and design should adjust and which should stay untouched.
  • UI Enhancements on Mac and Win
    QuarkXPress for Mac introduces new themes called “Gray” and “Light Gray.” These themes provide a modern look with flat icons and buttons throughout the application. QuarkXPress for Windows now fully supports HiDPI monitors, Context Menus have been optimised, and you can drag palettes in and out from palette groups.
  • Cursor Key increments/decrements
    QuarkXPress palettes are now enhanced to support cursor key increments/decrements with your keyboard arrow keys. This way you can work even faster – especially when testing out different values.
  • Find/Change
    New preference added on how many recent searches you can keep. To disable this feature users simply set the value to “0” (zero).
  • Cross References
    The cross-referencing feature is now extended to support anchors.
  • Cache Cleaner
    The QuarkXPress Cache Cleaner tool now can be called directly from QuarkXPress.
  • XTensions Manager
    Disabled XTensions no longer load, so there is no need to remove XTensions that you prefer to disable.
  • Native InDesign® IDML Import (beta)
    Convert InDesign IDML files directly into editable QuarkXPress objects that retain attributes such as style sheet names and master pages.

And more …

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Minimum System Requirements

QuarkXPress 2017 supports the newest three operating systems from both MacOS and Windows. Please note that QuarkXPress 2017 might work on older operating systems, however these are not supported or tested by Quark.
Full list of System Requirements for QuarkXPress 2016 and 2017.

Mac: Yosemite (OS X 10.10), El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and Sierra (MacOS 10.12)
Windows: Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (64 bit only, with latest updates)

What the Press Says about QuarkXPress 2017

From reviews around the world QuarkXPress 2017 has been called game-changing and a must-have upgrade. We received excellent ratings from top industry sources that prove QuarkXPress 2017 is on its way to being the best version we have ever released. See for yourself:

“Quark has expanded QuarkXPress 2017 with many meaningful innovations while keeping an eye on the needs of publishers. In our tests, the application ran smoothly and stably. The discreet new surface helps us focus entirely on the design.”
Deutscher Drucker,

“Overall, QuarkXPress 2017 is a remarkable and worthwhile update with a lot of practical innovations, including column clipping, text shading, text outlines and layer mixing modes. With the image corrections and the improved PDF import, the program now stands out clearly from InDesign …”
Mac & i, Germany

“QuarkXPress 2017 is a real alternative for anyone who wants to create professional layouts but prefers to avoid a subscription model.”
Mac Evangelist, Offbit

What Customers Say about QuarkXPress 2017

“QuarkXPress 2017 introduces a set of image manipulation controls that effectively end the back-and-forth required between software applications. For users who are still stuck with page layout software that can’t directly manipulate images, QuarkXPress 2017 presents a compelling reason to switch.”
Martin Turner, Brandmotor UK

“I love the UI with the flat tool icons.”

“I’m using QuarkXPress for my paper and it makes great PDFs. I have the Adobe Suite as well, but keep using QuarkXPress because I find it’s more intuitive.”

“QuarkXPress is my first choice to produce all of my clients’ marketing materials. I use it every day and my clients love the creative work I produce for them.”

“I’ve been using QuarkXPress since 1992 and I don’t see myself working with another program.”

“I’ve been giving QuarkXPress a solid workout with my latest project.”

“I’m very pleased with its speed, stability, flexibility, etc. I know I’m barely harnessing its power and capacity, but even at the (outdated) level of my usage, it’s a pleasure to use. And I can’t stress enough my delight in its stability.”

“So, it’s a pleasure to tell you I think the Quark team has more than brought the application back from the brink, and I’m glad I have an alternative to Adobe that is so satisfactory to use.”

“I rarely enjoy long support calls, but this was exceptional — I throughly enjoyed your support.”

“Working with the new version of QuarkXPress is so much fun. I really like the dynamic guides that save me lots of time in creating and aligning items.”