QuarkXPress 2017 expands layout tech, brings non-destructive image editing

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Quark on Wednesday launched QuarkXPress 2017, the latest edition of its design and publishing suite for the Mac, with a heavy focus on publishing for multiple platforms including iOS.

"Adaptive" layout conversion in the new software lets users duplicate a layout and automatically resize its elements, even when changing aspect ratios. Along the same lines, people can export multiple layouts as a single HTML5 package, for instance incorporating iPhone and iPad versions.

The new layout functions also let users churn out as many individual iOS apps as they want without any extra fees, though developers must have their own webservers and domains.

Some other upgrades include non-destructive, Photoshop-style image editing — with adjustments like levels, curves, and gamma correction — and improved conversion of third-party files into native QuarkXPress objects. Specifically, converted files can be saved to disk and linked to a QuarkXPress layout while preserving details like resolution and color profile.

QuarkXPress 2017 is normally $849 new, but many discounts are available. Owners of previous versions from 3 through 2015 can upgrade for $399 for instance, while 2016 owners can pay just $185. Educational prices can be as low as $79.

Users of "alternative graphic design software" from companies like Adobe, Corel, and Microsoft can switch for $399.