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By Matthew Rothenberg  |  Posted 2003-06-10 Print this article Print

On the print-output front, Quark has taken steps to improve XPress ability to take advantages of features of Adobe Systems Inc.s PostScript and Portable Document Format technologies. XPress 6 users will be able to output PDF files directly from QuarkXPress. Support for the DeviceN color space will let users output blends, multi-inks and colorized TIFF images as composite color while retaining spot-color information for in-RIP separations. Publishers can now retain spot colors in PDF files, for example. XPress 6 will extend the Web-page conversion features introduced in Version 5 of the package. Quark said the upgrade will include enhancements to rollovers, menus, hyperlinks, font-family management, and preview and export controls. It will also allow users to create XML documents without first having to create an XML document type definition (DTD); new color coding makes it easier for users to identify tagged content. The upgrade will tap the Xerces engine to parse XML, Quark said.
Other enhancements will include multiple-undo and -redo support, more undoable actions, and full-resolution previews of on-screen images.
The arrival of QuarkXPress on Mac OS X eliminates a serious obstacle to the adoption of Mac OS X in professional markets. While Mac OS 9-compatible versions of XPress run within Mac OS Xs Classic environment, Apples core market of publishing professionals have cited the lack of a Mac OS X-native version of XPress has as a key factor slowing their migration from Mac OS 9. Although Apple in September announced that new Macs wouldnt boot into Mac OS 9 after January 2003, the company later modified that deadline for a few models until June—apparently largely at the behest of major XPress clients torn between buying new hardware and waiting for a Mac OS X-native XPress release.

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Matthew has been associated with Ziff Davis' news efforts for more than a decade, including an eight-year run with the print and online versions of MacWEEK. He also helped run the news and opinion operations at ZDNet and CNet. Matthew holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.


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