Quark has released a free update to its venerable page layout software which adds .docx support, PANTONE PLUS colour libraries, an automatic software updater and resolves a number of user-reported issues.
Among the issues addressed will be Snow Leopard compatibility, PDF export, and Quark Publishing System integration with Job Jackets.
.docx is the XML-based file format for Microsoft Word that was introduced by Microsoft with Microsoft Office 12 and replaced .doc files. QuarkXPress 8.5 now allows users to import and export DOCX (.docx) formats, allowing for greater flexibility when working with the latest file format.
Quark released QuarkXPress 8 in July 2008, two years after QuarkXPress 7 was released. Prior to the 8.5 update, the latest version was 188.8.131.52
Until November 30, 2010, Quark is offering "magic software bundle" which includes MarkzTools and ID2Q from Markzware as well as 1,000 OpenType fonts as well as a "magic maintenance bundle" which includes a year’s worth of unlimited telephone technical support, the ability to upgrade from any previous version of QuarkXPress, free upgrades to any new versions of QuarkXPress released during the 12 months, and the 1,000 OpenType fonts.