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Quark Celebrates 30 Years

November 08, 2011
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Denver-based Quark Inc. is celebrating its 30th year in business. Founded with only $2,000 by Tim Gill and Mark Pope in 1981, the company has grown to be one of the powerhouses of prepress and the desktop publishing era.

“For 30 years Quark has been dedicated to driving innovation in publishing. Our team is proud today to continue our work to improve the entire publishing process – from content creation to delivery across any channel,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark CEO. “We are happy to thank the Quark community of designers, enterprise organizations, education establishments, government agencies, and many others who have been an integral part of our longevity.”

Among its accomplishments, Quark claims the following as its most significant contributions to the industry:

First to incorporate WYSIWYG postscript into desktop publishing software which replaced manual layout processes and served as the catalyst for a revolution in publishing.

First to bring to market colour separations and trapping which streamlined the process of preparing layouts for press and created an immediate return on investment.

First to offer very granular and precise control over typography, first to introduce the accurate placement of geometries – down to a hundredth of a millimeter, and first to offer multi-ink – the ability to specify a colour based on a combination of ink and apply it as a single colour.

First to integrate vector illustration tools into page layout software, allowing designers to create shaped boxes.

The first desktop publishing software vendor to allow for third-party extensibility, allowing software developers to create XTensions for QuarkXPress based on specific use cases and sell that software independently.

First to allow designers to create content for print, Web, interactive, and digital media from one application and with the advanced functionality of layout spaces, synchronized text, Job Jackets, and composition zones.


To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is offering its users a free download if iDropper, an XTension which allows designers to add colours from any graphic on screen or to choose from 9,500 colours offered by Quark. The company is also offering 30 percent off its ProPack of XTensions until the end of the year.

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