Qatari Daily Goes Quark
Middle-eastern daily newspaper opts for XPress 6.5/Arabic XT solution
On 13 November 2005 the online news source AMEInfo.com announced that the Qatari daily newspaper Al Watan, estimated circulation 18,000*, would integrate QuarkXPress 6.5 combined with Layout Middle East’s ArabicXT 6.1 software into its production workflow.
ArabicXT is Layout Ltd’s set of XTensions software that turns QuarkXPress into an Arabic-based DTP tool without actually altering XPress in any way. It provides specialized functions for handling the unique demands of Arabic type as well as a variety of professionally-designed Arabic fonts exclusive to ArabicXT. Along with the software the daily is getting a full package of training on Mac OS X and implementation of Layout’s NewsPaperXT monitoring system, providing for web-based editorial and managerial production monitoring on a web-browser based interface.
*Al Watan circ. est. source: Chart “Statistics on Arab Media”, Arab Reform Bulletin, December 2004, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, PDF at http://www.carnegieendowment.org/pdf/ARB-12-04-charts.pdf