1 maart 2018

QuarkXPress 2018

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Oké, je hebt geen abonnement bij Quark, maar 'gewoon' elke 12 maanden een nieuwe versie waarvoor je zo'n 200 euro moet betalen als je de vorige versie(s) had gekocht.
Je kunt zelf het rekensommetje maken. Voordeel blijft dat je oudere versies kunt blijven gebruiken (je hoeft niet up te daten tenslotte) en je altijd documenten kunt blijven openen die je in die versie had gemaakt. En dat is best belangrijk!

Tijd dus voor QuarkXPress 2018! Vanaf 16 mei 2018 te koop en nu reeds voor te bestellen:
http://shopew.quark.com/default.aspx

Quark blijft de zaken verbeteren, dit maal veel aandacht voor fontgebruik: alle OpenType toeters en bellen en SVG-font ondersteuning.
Maar ook: javascript ondersteuning! Dat is wel een dingetje. Zoek en vervang acties via GREP kent Quark niet maar via Javascript kan dit wel.
Ook Android apps maken en ondersteuning van animaties is verbeterd. Noemen we nog de verbeterde IDML-import en de Callas PDF engine met Adobe's eigen bibliotheken, tagged PDF (ja, direct vanuit Quark naar PDF A!) en je ziet dat versie 2018 weer zeer de moeite waard is.

Hieronder, in het Engels, de nieuwe zaken puntsgewijs volgens Quark zelf:

  1. Unsurpassed typography
    1. Main focus is concentrating on Color Fonts and how they save you time. Plus it is just a fun feature to use and the hype is just starting.
    2. We’ also focus is on treating OpenType as a first-class citizen. And we have been inspired by this petition:https://ilovetypography.com/2014/10/22/better-ui-for-better-typography-adobe-petition/
      OpenType gives you so much better typography and is powerful and easy to use, it should be made difficult to apply.
    3. Strictness levels for hyphenation are something we had in QuarkXPress since 6.5 but never exposed the UI. It will make the best-in-class hyphenation of QuarkXPress even better, especially for languages that have longer words or compound words.
  1. Professional Print Publishing
    1. There are many areas that have been improved. Main focus is the new PDF engine, based on callas, and also containing Adobe’s PDF libraries. Quality of output will be even better. Here your help is very much appreciated, as changing output engine is a major task.
    2. Tagged PDF and PDF/A export is huge, especially if you work for governments.
    3. IDML Import will be better than in QuarkXPress 2017.
  1. Digital Output
    1. Now you can also create unlimited single Android apps. Think of the savings when having to export iOS or Android Single apps. With QuarkXPress it is free to create apps, no additional cost.
    2. We have enhanced and optimized many of the digital publishing features and also the web app for HTML5 Publications.
    3. OpenType support for digital publications. Sure, experimental, but shows that we believe in typography. And color fonts work here too!
  1. Usability
    1. The powerful measurement palette, keyboardable and listing ALL attributes, is now also available for QuarkXPress on Windows
    2. On Mac we will optionally offer a vertical measurement palette, thus offering you more space and readable labels. This is especially handy when you have a wide monitor (16:9 or 16:10) with lots of space at the sides. Easily switch between both.
  1. Wish list items / JavaScript
    Last but not least, several features will again be integrated based on priorities of our users. Some are already listed above, there are more like different borders for each side, that are probably too many to mention high level. 
    The biggest one, and the one that we will stress for sure, is probably JavaScript.
    1. JavaScript
      This allows you to use a modern version of JavaScript (v8 is current, QuarkXPress uses v8. Adobe uses v4). As it is based on Chromium, this is state-of-the-art JavaScript, for example allowing you to use classes and integrate 3rd party libraries of JavaScript. Like an IPTC JS library that allows you to read IPTC information of embedded images and use them in QuarkXPress (e.g. for alternative text or as a caption)
    2. GREP (as an example of JavaScript)
      JavaScript is just a tool, it allows you to implement your own features or have somebody to integrate them for you. GREP (regular expressions are one example). It can replace many XTensions, so no need to wait for a C/C++ programmer to program something, just find a JavaScript coder who knows web. Regular Expressions search will be one of many sample scripts that we’ll provide.
    3. DOM of QuarkXPress (QXML) is inspired by HTML-DOM
      This means anyone knowing the HTML-DOM (which all web programmers do) will understand the DOM of QuarkXPress very easily. Keeps learning curve is low. The QuarkXPress DOM is called QXML, we have been using it in QuarkXPress Server since 2005:http://www.planetquark.com/2011/08/02/what-is-qxml/


Hieronder een uitgebreide video van de nieuwe mogelijkheden van Quark 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7nj6qyTGLw






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