Quark to Deliver Mac OS X-Native XPress
Version 6 of the DTP will offer a new range of features as well as native support for Apple's Unix-based OS.Quark Inc. finally ended the suspense for professional publishers waiting to make the leap to Mac OS X when it announced that the Mac OS X-native version of its QuarkXPress DTP package will ship next week. In a sign of the enduring importance of the Mac platform to its clientele, Denver-based Quark made the announcement at a briefing on Apple Computer Inc.s Cupertino, Calif., campus. Quark has "removed the last barrier for creative professionals to move to Mac OS X," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. XPress is the last major Mac application to make the move to native compatibility with Apple Computer Inc.s Unix-based OS. XPress 6, which will run on Mac OS X 10.2 or later as well as Windows 2000 and XP, will feature interface enhancements, better table handling, and new output and multipurpose publishing options. The U.S. list price is $1,045, and users of QuarkXPress 5, 4 or 3 will be able to upgrade for $199, $299 or $499, respectively.
Quark first began outlining the features of XPress 6 in April, but it remained mum about a ship date or pricing.