“Users of the InDesign layout software who are disgruntled by Adobe’s move to sell its software solely through subscriptions might be interested in a promotion from rival Quark that just arrived,” Stephen Shankland reports for CNET.

“The Denver-based company announced Wednesday that those who buy or upgrade to its QuarkXPress 9 software will get a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 10,” Shankland reports. “‘Until June 30, 2013 anyone who purchases or upgrades to QuarkXPress 9 from any previous version will receive version 10 for free. After June 30, 2013 only QuarkXPress 8 users will be eligible to upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 10,’ the company said.”

Shankland reports, “Unlike Adobe, the company will continue selling the software with perpetual licenses, meaning that people can continue to use a purchased version indefinitely. In retail channels, QuarkXPress costs about $890 [$844.99 @ MacMall] for a full version and $370 [$347.99 @ MacMall] for an upgrade.”

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