Quark has announced that its latest version of QuarkXPress will begin shipping in August. The software features numerous improvements, most notably it has had its code revised to run as a native Cocoa application on Mac OSX systems.
“This has been a monumental undertaking by the development team to thoroughly modernize QuarkXPress in terms of the application environment, architecture, user interface, and graphics engine,” said Dave White, Chief Technology Officer for Quark. “We’re excited not only for this release, but also the foundation that has been put in place for future QuarkXPress features.”
The updates have required the addition of 350,000 new lines of code, updating an additional 500,000 lines as well as building, from the ground up, a new Xenon graphics engine that renders both vector and raster graphics with more fidelity. These technologies take advantage of latest generation hardware on the marketplace, including multi-core and multi-threaded processing. On the Mac, the new version is designed to take advantage of those computers which are equipped with the latest-generation Retina displays.
QuarkXPress 10 also includes these new features:
Import Pictures and Hyperlinks from Microsoft Word
PDF Pass-Through Transparency
Key Item Space/Align
Highlight Missing Fonts
Improved IME support
Bezier Tool Enhancement
Layout Tab Reordering
Quark says it expects to ship QuarkXPress 10 by mid or late August. It is offering a 20 percent discount on QuarkXPress 10 pre-orders for users of version 9.