Quark Forums Re-Open

June 16, 2004 - 2:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

A couple weeks ago Quark opened its online user support forums again, after being AWOL for almost a year:
<http://www.quark.com/service/forums/>

It's a user-to-user sort of support forum, not a venue to get support from Quark reps themselves. Nice to see it back. (Though I hope someone at Quark sets up some topic subcategories asap; it's a little difficult to use in its current, default phpBBB state.)

They reopened their forums just in time to announce it at the recent Quark Summit, a gathering of power Quark users at company headquarters. Here's a good story about the summit:
<http://www.creativepro.com/story/feature/21511.html>

As noted in that report (written by a consultant to Quark, but fairly well-covered), Quark's releasing two free XTensions that only work with version 6.x, and one is already available for downloading:

QuarkXClusive (available now)
<http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/quarkxclusive.html>

 and

QuarkVista (available "later this year")
http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/quarkvista.html

QuarkXClusive does database-driven variable printing (think mail merge on steroids) but its output only works on HP Indigo digital presses. There are commercial XTs that do variable printing to any PostScript device, but on the other hand, they're not free.

On the QuarkVista page, Quark is showing an intriguing Image Adjustment palette that allows the user to run "non-destructive filters, adjustments and effects" to imported raster art within QuarkXPress. Innaresting.

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