In our July 12 article, ”
Quark talks XPress 5, Mac OS X,” we reported that Glen Turpin, Quark’s corporate communications manager, said earlier this year that the upcoming QuarkXPress 5 would not be Carbonized for Mac OS X and that no timetable was given for a Mac OS X version. However, things have changed.
“While the comments I made with respect to Quark and Mac OS X back in January were true at the time, they do not reflect the current state of affairs,” Turpin told MacCentral. “Quark stands strongly behind Mac OS X. We are hard at work Carbonizing QuarkXPress, and the version of QuarkXPress immediately after 5.0 — dubbed version 5.X — will be a Carbon-native application.”
In fact, during Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at Macworld New York,
executives previewed the Carbonized version of QuarkXPress.
“Quark stands strongly behind Mac OS X and we’re working diligently to make QuarkXPress run natively on Apple’s next generation operating system,” said Juergen Kurz, Quark’s vice president of product management. “Since a significant number of Quark customers are also Apple customers, Mac OS X is an integral part of Quark’s future.”
A pre-release version of QuarkXPress 5.0 that runs in the Classic environment for Mac OS X is currently being tested. Quark will apply the same rigorous standards to the version of QuarkXPress that will be native to Mac OS X, Kurz added.
“Rest assured that our commitment to Mac OS X is firm, and that a Carbon-native version of QuarkXPress is in the works,” Turpin said.