QuarkXPress 8.0 First Look
As much as the 7.0 revision of QuarkXPress was about complex, inter-related publishing workflows, the new version announced today is about a much-needed new look and a host of tools aimed squarely at graphic designers. Quark wasnâ€™t necessarily wrong to focus on the hard-core production market in the last couple of versions, but neither were designers wrong to conclude the XPress interface was looking a little behind the times.
The success the Adobe Internet juggernaut hath wrought is testament that common interface design, predictable tool sets, and cross-application support is just as important as how well an application fits in to the daily demands of a production-heavy environment (where XPress has remained strong). And that publishing production is now a global business challenge needing a single-software solution, not a bunch of market-priced versions to support multi-lingual output.
A variety of the new menu, palette, and tool designs from various parts of XPress 8.
So in some ways XPress 8 is an admission by Quark that Adobe is now setting the standards for how designers work. XPress 8 is much more “Creative-Suite like” in how it looks and works. But Iâ€™m glad to say Quark didnâ€™t just copy a few interface ideas or settle on some standard keyboard shortcuts. By going back and re-focusing on the little stuff, theyâ€™ve actually made some giant strides forward.
Updating the user interface in a product like QuarkXPress is a bit risky, as many users have hung on precisely for the reason that they donâ€™t like or want to change. But…
Read the rest of Gene Gable’s first look at QuarkXPress 8.0 at Creativepro.com.