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LEAKED! Creative Suite 3, InDesign CS3, QuarkXPress 7 Features

Online survey leaks surprising product line up of Creative Suite 3 and potential new features of InDesign CS3 and QuarkXPress 7.

As part of an online survey initiated just a few hours ago by AbsolutData Research & Analytics on behalf of an unnamed “major software company,” survey participants were asked to make judgments about their likelihood of buying “much improved” products. These “next generation” products are identified as QuarkXPress 7, InDesign CS3, and the Adobe Creative Suite 3–complete with a detailed list of product features and the Creative Suite lineup.

QuarkXPress 7 Features?

According to the survey, the “much improved new version (QuarkXPress),” which is later referenced as QuarkXPress 7, will contain the following list of new features. Enough of these features have been demonstrated by Quark and X-Ray Magazine over the last eight months of XPress 7 hype that our confidence is high the list is an accurate representation of XPress 7″™s shipping feature set. The information is published here verbatim, without editing, to enable you to draw your own conclusions about its veracity.


    QuarkXPress 4. 5 and 6 support formats like TIF and EPS, as well as overprints and multi-ink colors. QuarkXPress 7 introduces precise transparency controls, drop shadows, alpha channel support, and support for Photoshop PSD layer opacity.

    Built-in image engine, first introduced in version 6.5, reduces time spent on image manipulation. In QuarkXPress 7 new graphics formats are supported and alpha channels can be softened.

    Streamlined interface allows majority of common tasks to be controlled from a single palette. Users will be able to use the functionality of the main QuarkXPress 4 dialog boxes while maximizing screen real estate.

    Cross-platform OpenType typography and Unicode international character support.


    Where QuarkXPress versions 4, 5 and 6 allow for simple, static content management via Libraries, in QuarkXPress 7 users can created layout blocks that can be edited in one place with real time updates in multiple pages, files or even among multiple users.

    QuarkXPress 4, 5 and 6 and other layout applications allow layouts to be divided only by splitting up a file, and individual pages can?t be divided at all. In QuarkXPress 7, complex layouts and even pages can be flexibly shared among multiple users for simultaneous collaboration.

    Building on the text synchronization of QuarkXPress 6.5, users of QuarkXPress 7 can flexibly synchronize images, text, layout and styles across multiple layouts and media types. Users can change once, and update everywhere.


    Where QuarkXPress 4 and 5 require third-party applications to create PDF files, QuarkXPress 6 and 7 allows users to create PDF files directly from QuarkXPress. In QuarkXPress 7, native PDF and PDF/X support users have better control of their final output via native PDF and PDF/X support and through customizable pre-flighting.

    QuarkXPress 4, 5 and 6 use the Quark CMS XTensions software to apply color management on a file-by-file basis. Color management in QuarkXPress 7 is always-on, automatically picks up system settings and can be easily shared and standardized, allowing better on-screen soft proofing. Advanced Color Management users will find many new options.

    Production and design settings can be standardized with printers or across a workgroup with real-time updates

    Robust graphics engine provides improved anti-aliasing and image previews.


    QuarkXPress 4 is focused entirely on print: in QuarkXPress 7, the Web Layout environment allows direct HTML export, image export and Flash import.

InDesign CS3 Features?

According to the survey, the “much improved new version (InDesign),” which is also later identified specifically as InDesign CS3, will contain the following list of new features. The information is published here verbatim, without editing, to enable you to draw your own conclusions about its veracity.

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16 Responses

  1. If there is a Premium Edition of the CS3 Suite that in­cludes Dreamweaver, that’s for me. As a user of both, and as an au­thor of GoLive tu­to­ri­als and a Dreamweaver course, I pre­fer Dreamweaver. I have had nu­mer­ous crash­es with GoLive and find Dreeamweaver more in­tu­itive. I was hop­ing that Dreaweaver would get the PDF ca­pa­bil­i­ties of GoLive..maybe that will hap­pen any­way. At any rate this was a very in­trugu­ing ar­ti­cle and it will be very in­ter­est­ing to see what comes to fruition!

  2. Brian Cupp says:

    I asked the com­pa­ny “Absolute Data Research & Analytics” where they got my email ad­dress from . They re­spond­ed say­ing they re­cieved it from Adobe.

  3. Very in­ter­est­ing, Brian. 

    What’s even more in­ter­est­ing is that an­oth­er per­son whom I trust told me that the e-mail ad­dress at which he re­ceived the sur­vey in­vi­ta­tion is used sole­ly for cor­re­spon­dence with Quark, that he has nev­er giv­en it to any­one else.

    I re­al­ly wish Quark would re­turn my calls or e-mails about this. Adobe says they aren’t be­hind it, but Quark has yet to comment.

    If you look at Absolut Data’s clients, nei­ther Quark nor Adobe is list­ed… But an­oth­er in­dus­try play­er is.

    If you take the sur­vey, it is very much about QuarkXPress and var­i­ous add-on mod­ules for XPress. Of course, no one will own up to pay­ing for the survey.

  4. ExQuarkian says:

    I think every­one should prob­a­bly know that QuarkXpress 7 will NOT have any flash im­port func­tion­al­i­ty. I would be sur­prised if it even man­ages flash out­put in ver­sion 7.

  5. Should they re­al­ly han­dle flash any­how, though? GoLive is junk, but Dreamweaver is a less­er evil in the end — nei­ther ap­pli­ca­tion is made for high end web de­vel­op­ment. They bun­dle it with BBEdit ca­pa­bil­i­ties, we may talk further…

  6. Should it han­dle Flash…? Yes and no. I can see a re­al need for ex­port­ing FlashPaper from XPress–FlashPaper is be­com­ing an­oth­er form of output–but not for Flash an­i­ma­tions et al for Web use.

    GoLive and DreamWeaver… I’ve played with both, but have nev­er been able to get in­to any WYSIWYG HTML ed­i­tor. I be­gan de­sign­ing and de­ploy­ing pro­fes­sion­al Websites back in late ’94 when WYSIWYGs were use­less. Now, ten years lat­er, I just can’t break the habit of writ­ing code by hand. I comp and lay­out site tem­plates in Illustrator, slice and ex­port, then im­me­di­ate­ly rewrite the XHTML and CSS code in TopStyle, HomeSite, or BBEdit.

  7. I for­got about flash­pa­per, I can see the use for web abil­i­ties in there.

    I’d agree with you on the cod­ing por­tion — my ex­pe­ri­ence with dreamweaver is it takes me just as much time to fix what it out­puts as it would to code it right in the first place.

  8. Dean Wares says:

    It seems to me that the whole cod­ing process has been done in a very hap­haz­ard and lazy fash­ion. I can on­ly as­sume that it was cod­ed by a hack who seems to have jumped on the whole flash band­wag­on. Or maybe some­one who re­al­ly isn’t very fo­cused and pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try we work in.

  9. Maybe he should spend more time at his desk learn­ing the art of cod­ing in­stead of treat­ing the of­fice as a youth club.

  10. Dean and Lee:

    Admittedly, I’m still work­ing on my first cup of cof­fee, but… What–or who–are you talk­ing about?

  11. indika says:

    please send me quark 7

  12. “in­di­ka”:

    please send me quark 7

    Well, no can do there. But Quark has a pub­lic be­ta pro­gram cur­rent­ly un­der­way that al­lows you to down­load a prac­tial­ly ful­ly func­tion­al be­ta to do what­ev­er you want to it. It’s a free down­load, but ex­pires at the end of March.

    You can find it here:

    Good luck!

  13. Neelesh Singh says:

    I Personally think this was the sur­vey from Quark be­half as my friends name was there in the quark list. I think it is quite not fair on be­half of Quark to share his email ad­dress with a third par­ty ven­dor. Also the way the sur­vey was made about the fea­tures of the­Quark­exp 7 shows that in­fo may most proabably would have com from quark.

  14. Kevin Jones says:

    I know some­one who says that Creative Suite 3 is com­ing out in 1 week, My source is ex­treme­ly reliable…

  15. Hi, Kevin.

    I’m afraid that, in this case, your source is in error.

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