Quark announced this week that its previous customers, going back to version 3, will be eligible for an upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for US$349. The non-upgrade price is $849.
Likely targeting the recent release of Adobe Creative Suite 6, Gavin Drake, Vice President of Marketing at Quark says: “We release major versions of QuarkXPress about every two years and unlike many other vendors, provide free, feature-rich updates regularly within release cycles. Assuming a user upgrades on the two-year cycle, an upgrade price of $349 brings the cost of owning version 9 to as low as $14.50 per month – and users own the software once they’ve upgraded, which means no long-term financial commitments.”
Users with a valid, registered and activated serial number for any version of QuarkXPress is eligible for the offer. QuarkXPress 3 was first released in 1990.
Adobe Systems is providing a preview of what's to come in its popular Photoshop program with the release of a free beta. The final release is expected this summer.
“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, Vice President Products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”
Most notable of the new features are Content-Aware Patch, which allows users to select and duplicate an area of the image to fill in another, and Content-Aware Move, which lets users select and move subjects in a photo, with CS6 filling in the missing background.
Photoshop CS6 for Mac requires a 64-bit operating system. This move follows Apple's decision to end 32-bit support in its latest OS X 10.7 Lion operating system. CS6 will also require a mulit-core computer (Core2Duo and above) on Apple machines.
For the PC version, Photoshop CS6 will run on single core CPUs on 32-bit systems, although Adobe has dropped official support for Windows Vista systems.
“We’re thrilled to see the response from customers, on both the Blurb and the Adobe side,” said Eileen Gittins, Founder and CEO, Blurb. “The Lightroom 4 integration has enabled us to reach a whole new set of professional and enthusiast photographers who are just now discovering Blurb for the first time. The feedback from this discriminating group has been consistent: they are blown away by the quality we offer.”
Quebec-based Dynagram is releasing a new imposition tool which will have a retail price of under $400.
Agfa Graphics has developed cloud-based production software specifically for newspaper companies, called :Arkitex Eversify, which will be available to publishers by mid-2012 in Europe, followed later by North America and the rest of the world.
“Publishers are in the content business. Just as Agfa Graphics has helped them get their content on plates and finally on paper, with :Arkitex Eversify we can convert their content to a mobile platform. E-media and print will coexist,” stated Jeff Cord of the newspaper software group at Agfa Graphics. “Our solution will allow newspapers to make money from e-media without having to make a large investment in technology and personnel.
“The beauty of :Arkitex Eversify is that there is no interruption to the everyday production process. It uses the newspaper’s existing methods for print production.”
Ricoh Americas has announced it will be demonstrating two new software products aimed at the production printing segment at Graph Expo next week.
Named TotalFlow MR and TotalFlow PM (for Make-Ready and Print Manager respectively), the software will help owners of Ricoh Pro printers increase productivity. Capabilities include print preparation, editing, numbering, watermarking, clean-up, finishing, job management, load balancing, archiving, search and reprinting.
"We are aggressively leveraging our product knowledge to develop software that takes full advantage of the industry's most advanced printing engine," said Tim Vellek, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "The software automates the processes that directly enhance the speed, ease, flexibility, accuracy and quality of the Ricoh production printing experience."
TotalFlow MR and TotalFlow PM will be available in late November.
EFI’s Fiery print servers now natively support Pantone LLC’s PANTONE PLUS colour specifications. EFI was the first vendor to implement PANTONE Calibration for colour devices and has now expanded its built-in colour libraries to include PANTONE PLUS colours.
Fiery servers come preloaded with PANTONE Color Libraries, including all colours found in the PANTONE PLUS SERIES. “Eliminating guesswork and costs associated with reworking printing projects is a key component to running a successful printing business,” said Andy Hatkoff, VP of Technology Licensing for Pantone. “By incorporating PANTONE PLUS on Fiery servers, customers are guaranteed to get spot colours that are accurate and consistent for all jobs.”
With Fiery Spot-On for Fiery servers, users can match colour accurately and modify corresponding CMYK values to produce desired “in gamut” colours. Spot-On also allows users to print entire spot-colour libraries, which are delivered as industry-standard named colour ICC profiles.
Quark has released the latest version of its publishing platform which services to automate the production of content to various form of media.
"Quark Publishing System has evolved to be a flexible and powerful publishing platform for all types of organizations who need to streamline their publishing processes while delivering engaging information to multiple types of media including print, Web, and digital. Our customers in financial services, manufacturing, and many other industries are choosing Quark Publishing System to create marketing collateral, technical documentation, white papers, investment research reports, and other communications," said PG Bartlett, Senior VP of Product Management for Quark.
One of the new features is advanced remote access through Quark's Web Hub module, which allows external content creators and editors to work remotely from a Web browser in a WYSIWYG format. According to Quark, Version 9 also offers improved flexibility with its Collections tool, which includes features like grouping related assets, sharing workflows, routing rules, and the JDF-based Job Jackets protocol.
The system also contains expanded digital publishing capabilities, including the XML-based ePUB format.
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