“Quark, Inc. is preparing to release a major new version of its flagship QuarkXPress software this fall, aimed at cementing its lead in the market for professional desktop publishing against Adobe’s rival InDesign product,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“People familiar with the release say the new version is slated to take on the publishing features of Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash in a revamped, standardized, and polished package that will temporarily be offered as a free upgrade to new buyers of the existing QuarkXPress 7 ahead of the 8.0 release in the August timeframe,” McLean reports.
“According to sources familiar with Quark’s marketing plans, the company will aggressively pitch the version 8 upgrade to users of both QuarkXPress 6 and 7. Offering the future version 8 upgrade for free to new buyers of Quark 7 should also help migrate Quark’s installed user base up to the most recent version now, in an effort to stave off defection to InDesign, which many designers get for free when they buy Adobe’s Creative Suite 3,” McLean reports.
Much more, including screenshots, in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Uh oh. Adobe might have to start thinking about getting off their fat asses and actually doing some work on the Mac for a change. Oh, never mind. It’s just Quark, who long ago blew it on the Mac just like Adobe seems to want to blow it now. Still, for what it’s worth: Xcode, Adobe. Xcode. Hey, does CS3 run on Case-sensitive Mac OS Extended, yet?