What’s New in QuarkXPress 2018
Combining the features you asked for with the quality your daily work demands, QuarkXPress 2018 is truly a masterpiece!
First-Class OpenType Controls
We all know that OpenType fonts offer the best typography options such as proper small caps, real fractions, ligatures, tabular figures, stylistic sets suggested by font designers and much more. However, most applications hide typographic functionality offered by OpenType or make it almost impossible to apply. QuarkXPress 2018 is different: For the first time OpenType is treated as a first-class citizen. Rather than hide the options in multiple submenus we make OpenType easier to use. With QuarkXPress 2018 you can now control your OpenType fonts the way you expect to.
Color Fonts Support
For many years the changes in typography have been incremental rather than radical…that is until color fonts emerged. (Emoji icons on your phone are examples of color fonts.) While browsers have supported color fonts for years, print publications have ignored them until now: QuarkXPress 2018 is the first layout application that fully supports Color Fonts. QuarkXPress supports Color Fonts in SVG, SBIX and COLR formats. And you can use them in print, PDF and digital outputs. To get a sense of how Color Fonts work and how they will open up a broad new space for your creativity, check out this website: www.colorfonts.wtf/
Upgraded Font Listing
A good typeface can increase the reading pleasure of the viewer but even the best typefaces are not appropriate for every situation. Font listing has been overhauled in QuarkXPress 2018 to help you make the best typographic choices. Font Family and available Font Styles (Roman, Bold, etc.) are now listed in two separate combinations. Additionally, font styles are mapped to the type styles buttons P/B/I in the palettes and dialog. Of course you can still turn off the WYSIWYG font listing for font family listing plus font styles are always listed in the default system font.
Hyphenation Strictness Levels
QuarkXPress has delivered quality hyphenation technology since version 6.5. It’s based on technology licensed from UB Dieckmann, considered by many to be the best hyphenation available on the market. But it gets better. In QuarkXPress 2018 you can choose between five hyphenation strictness levels. You can hyphenate everywhere that is grammatically correct or e.g. chose to only hyphenate compound words. You pick which strictness level is best for your publication. And of course, you can decide that for each individual paragraph if you choose. Hyphenation strictness levels are available for all languages supported by the QuarkXPress hyphenation engine, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and many more.
PROFESSIONAL PRINT PUBLISHING
Direct InDesign® IDML Import
With more and more InDesign users switching to QuarkXPress, it was time to make it even easier to migrate. Of course, you can use existing QuarkXPress features to convert PDF files created in any application or even copy and paste InDesign objects into native QuarkXPress objects. However, this only migrates the design elements and not style sheets and master pages, for example. The new native InDesign IDML Import in QuarkXPress 2018 converts InDesign IDML documents directly into the QuarkXPress format.
New PDF Print Engine
Accessibility compliant PDFs are not just important but often mandatory. Many large corporates, governments suppliers are required by law to supply information published online in an accessible format. HTML5 is an obvious choice; often workflows require accessible PDFs. The new PDF engine in QuarkXPress 2018 combined with new tools for accessibility make this possible. Even if you don't need tagged PDFs for accessibility reasons, there are many benefits to understanding the text flow embedded within your PDFs.
UNLIMITED DIGITAL PUBLISHING
Create Unlimited Android Single Apps
Digital is the new print! QuarkXPress 2018 expands on the ability to create unlimited iOS single apps by adding support for creating unlimited single apps for Android devices - completely free, directly from your desktop, no server, no login, no additional cost.
HTML5 Export Optimizations
HTML5 Publications and ePub now export even more items as native HTML5 elements. This includes support for type styles (Outline, Shadow), Tables as HTML tables, Anchored text boxes, grouped boxes and Tables, non-solid rules, footnote separators and Index entries as Hyperlinks.
Digital Preview Improvements
The following new HTML5 Preview options are available when authoring in QuarkXPress 2018: Page Preview, Layout Preview, Project Preview.
Grouped Items Interactivity
Add interactivity to groups e.g. Buttons, Animations, Audio & Video.
STREAMLINED USER INTERFACE
VERTICAL MEASUREMENT PALETTE
QuarkXPress 2018 provides new clarity with a vertical measurement palette especially for use on wide and high-resolution monitors. This powerful new floating palette provides access to all controls and attributes, is keyboard addressable and includes all previous shortcut keys (remember old modal CMD+M dialog?). It's also scrollable with easy-to-read labels so you always know which measurements you are changing without guessing or having to mouse over the icon. Work even faster now in QuarkXPress 2018!
POWERFUL USER INTERFACE
QuarkXPress users on macOS had it first, now Windows users can also benefit: In QuarkXPress 2018, the new measurement palette gives you access to all attributes of QuarkXPress items and typography without obstructing your layout. No large modal dialog that obstructs your view. Instant preview (with the ability to apply and revert). And all shortcut commands remain the same!
MORE WISH LIST FEATURES
Digital-to-Print Conversion (Digital First Workflow)
QuarkXPress 2018 now allows duplication of Digital layouts to Print layouts. This is powerful: Start with your digital design/publication first and then - in a second step - create a printable subset of it.
Span Footnotes over Columns
Footnotes can now be formatted to span across all columns of a text box. Spanning all columns is the default setting but you can turn it off in the Footnote Separator Style dialog.
Different Border for each side
Select a different border style on each side for all square or rectangular shaped boxes. The new frame options are added to the main measurement palette.
10 to 1000% Print Scaling
Print to device scaling is now allowed between 10% and 1000%. In previous versions, scaling was limited from 25% to 400%. Note: The output device should be supported for larger paper size to verify.
Flip grouped objects in one go retaining their relative position within the group.
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