Quark special upgrade program benefits owners of early versions

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Quark has instituted a special upgrade program that allows customers using nearly any past version of QuarkXPress to upgrade to its most current version 9 for $299. From now until December 31, 2011, current and past users of versions 3 through 6 can upgrade for that standard price, which had, in the past, applied only to versions 7 and 8.

This is a good deal for those who have not upgraded in recent years, but who now wish to use Quark to publish iPad apps and create content for e-readers, smartphones, and other tablets.

QuarkXPress 9 lets designers add new functionality and boost productivity while enabling the creation of content for publication on mobile devices. QuarkXPress 9 lets users create and publish to iPad apps and create content for e-readers, smartphones, and other tablets without coding. New features in version 9—such as conditional styles, story editor, shape maker, and more— automate manual, time-consuming design tasks.

“We know there are QuarkXPress enthusiasts that are still working with older versions and we’d like to ease their transition to QuarkXPress 9 by offering a special offer on the cost of an upgrade,” said Gavin Drake, vice president of marketing for Quark. “If you’re using an older version of QuarkXPress, the new features added in recent years are going to transform your design experience and capabilities as well as enable you to go beyond print to Web, Flash, and now eBook and iPad design.”

To take advantage of the special offer, you must have a valid, registered, and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress. You can purchase the upgrade through Quark Authorized Resellers, the Quark Store, and Quark Customer Service. Check Quark's website for further information.

Customers who cannot locate their previous QuarkXPress serial number may still be able to upgrade their licenses. In these cases, customers can either provide a proof of purchase or complete an online Missing Serial Number form.

iPad publishing Boot Camp

On October 20, Quark will host iPad App Studio Boot Camps in Denver and London. The Denver event will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 6:00 p.m. In each one-day event attendees will learn how to create, design, and publish apps to the App Store, as well as how to publish rich media and other immersive content to those apps.

Quark’s experts as well as other industry guests will guide attendees through the process and offer insight into iPad and tablet publishing. The Boot Camp price is $149, but those who register now can still get in for $99.

Quark's website has all the information about the event in Denver and the event in London.

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At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Opens a new field for designers
    • Adds great interactive features to QuarkXPress
    • Licensing prices are competitive


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    • Complex preview requires several steps
    • Steep learning curve
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