About QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress is an on-premise software that provides graphic designers with tools to create and edit page layouts or graphical illustrations for books, brochures, banners, eBooks, websites, and mobile publications. Designers can adjust various aspects of typography including typefaces, point sizes, line lengths, line-spacing, or letter spacing and add font effects, such as text shading, column-span, colors, hyphenation strictness, and more.

QuarkXPress allows businesses to import files in PDF, JPEG, PSD, PNG, or TIFF formats, arrange pictures using a drag-and-drop interface, and edit images by adjusting layer transparencies, filters, or blend modes. Illustrators can design eBooks for print or digital publications and publish HTML flipbooks for online and offline viewers. It also lets users add various interactive elements, such as audio or videos, animation, picture zoom, 360-degree rotation, slideshows, and actionable buttons in publications.

Using QuarkXPress, graphic designers can create engaging mobile-friendly content for native iOS and Android applications. The software is designed for businesses in the banking, consulting, consumer packaged goods, financial services, government, insurance, manufacturing, life sciences, telecom, marketing, and other industries.

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Features

Total features of QuarkXPress: 13

  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customisable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Visualisation
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Interactive Content
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(68)
Value for Money
3.7/5
Features
4.1/5
Ease of Use
4.1/5
Customer Support
3.8/5

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Melanie E.
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

My Go to Print Layout Choice For Years

Reviewed on 08/09/2018

I've been using Quark for so long now that I find it hard to imagine using anything else. At a...

I've been using Quark for so long now that I find it hard to imagine using anything else. At a client's encouragement - and because they owned the software - I did try Scribus but for me it just did not have the same feel or great function that Quark has so after a few hours experimentation I politley delined to keep using it and went back to what I know (and achived excatly what they were looking for anyway)

Pros

Since I first used this software in college (which was more than a while ago) although it has changed and evolved in my opinion it has never stopped being the best layout creation tool there is. I've used it over the years professionally across all kinds of projects and niches and even personally to create materials for the kids' soccer teams etc. And customer service always has been truly top notch, something that is increasingly rare these days.

Cons

The newer Adobe integrations can be annoying and for my purposes not that helpful. Yes, there are days when I wish it had never happened but not to the point that I will actively go looking for something else as an alternative.

Chadsey L.
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  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

I wish it were like it used to be, simple...reliable...the best.

Reviewed on 20/01/2018

Good sleep, less stress, a peaceful work week..... Oh I thought you said benefits from using this...

Good sleep, less stress, a peaceful work week..... Oh I thought you said benefits from using this software.

Pros

First, their customer support for this product is incredible. Hands down some of the best people working with this company, and knowledgable. There is also an online community behind this software that is wonderful and can usually get you where you want to go if you need help. Also the facebook group continues to grow and thrive and the company is pretty involved with keeping the quark world up to date on progress and resources.
Ok the software is pretty wonderful and through the years we continue to choose Quark for book/media publishing over other products that we use more frequently day to day with other media because Quark just has always gotten the job done and done well. That still is the case for a couple specific purposes, like brochure and booklet printing, we use Quark for because most of the tools throughout the years have remained the same. And they make simple what other products cause hair-loss over.
Quark not being a subscription based media creation software is the bee's knees!! And the ability and power of all the software can do for the price is pretty great!!

Cons

Over the years, they have tried to do too much in too little of time to compete but they have failed short. In the past Quark was an incredible software and the value was through the roof, but sadly that is not the case anymore. Focusing on becoming a software for producing cross-platform media and new media has taken away from their bread and butter of being the go to software for book and print media publishing over the years. The tools available, advancements and attention to their original staples of print publishing have lacked. PDFs are an area serious attention needs to be given, without having to purchase or use 3rd party integrations. Yearly updates should not have to be purchased or at least discounted much more significantly, especially considering the incompatibility of working between different years of Quark. Saving to a previous version is a must, that I which would come back, without expensive 3rd party software.

Russell K.
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  • Industry: Banking
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

Quark is bittersweet but can’t compete with Indesign

Reviewed on 04/12/2018

I’ve used quarkxpress for over ten years, longer than any other single piece of software. I...

I’ve used quarkxpress for over ten years, longer than any other single piece of software. I converted to indesign kicking and screaming because of how different the workflow was because I was so picky. If you’re just starting out, I’d suggest you look at indesign. If you’re picking up someone else’s work, you can almost everything indesign can do quark can do too.

Pros

After Apple’s Pages application, it is the easiest and simplest major print design software out there that you can use fairly intuitively if you’ve used a computer graphics program before. Just watching some tutorials online you can easily edit other people’s work fairly easily without much training.

The second best feature of quark is the powerful xtentions that exist out there on the market. Other programs had this too but quark was the first to do this. Xtentions really streamlined and automated a lot of repetitive design tasks like updating prices and phone numbers (xcatalog).

Cons

It lacks full transparency gradients and doesn’t have adequate photo layering capabilities like opacities and layer modes. It also lacks a wysiwyg font menu so you can’t see they style of the font you’re using until you select it and enter some type. Quark is also a bit unstable at times. Prone to crashes.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Desktop publishing With QuarkXpress

Reviewed on 26/05/2019

I use Quarkexpress in small projects because of its user-friendly features.

I use Quarkexpress in small projects because of its user-friendly features.

Pros

Ever since it was released in 1987 QuarkXPress has dominated the Desktop Publishing.
I use Quarkexpress because when its come to page layout it is the best one out there because of its simplicity.its text tools are very user-friendly and lets you get the job done very quickly and efficiently.
Also, QuarkXPress supports more printers than any other desktop publishing software.

Cons

There is not much not to like about QuarkXpress.
Maybe PDF exports could be easier in the future

Henry D.
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  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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simple and fast, functions that go straight to the point when designing

Reviewed on 22/05/2018

Pros

I can make a newspaper page in just 10 minutes, because of the ease of handling the palette of styles and predesigned templates in a window, the QPS function for me is great for assigning press releases to journalists easily and quickly. equally the way to create the styles is quite easy

Cons

It is horrible that this program suddenly closes for no reason, both in mac and pc, I do not know if it is because it requires a lot of memory, because I also do not like it to be quite heavy, and when handling many jpeg files the interface becomes slow , so I'm forced to do it some time in several documents. The way I manage bitmaps does not please me very much.

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QuarkXPress offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: £362.00/year
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

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QuarkXPress has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001+

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QuarkXPress integrates with the following applications:

Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft PowerPoint

QuarkXPress offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, Chat

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