Under the skin the Mac version is now Cocoa native for the first time.
Previously the code was based on Carbon, the hangover transition code from OS 9 days.
Quark has been busy in the past two years since the last major update to its flagship layout program for print, digital publications and e Book work.
However, it has dropped the web page design features that have been there since 2002 and QXP 5.
Because this is a magazine about Adobe software, most users will have some familiarity with In Design’s features, so the focus will be on the new Quark XPress features.
Unique Quark XPress features Composition Zones, simply put, can allow multiple Quark XPress users to work on the same document, or to import the same shared content into multiple documents.
While many of the newfeatures are playing catch-up to In Design CS2, which has been out for more than a year (I’ll mention some of those features later), they could be enough to stop current Quark XPress users from thinking about switching.
Plus, version 7 has a couple of very interesting, unique features not found in the current In Design.
Then they tackled a long list of user-requested smaller improvements, and added a few surprises.
Here’s a partial list of improvements: • An entirely new “Xenon” graphics engine, which provides crystal-clear, pixel-accurate previews of all page items, including imported graphics such as PDF, EPS, PSD, AI, TIFF, JPG, PNG, and more. • Support for Hi DPI displays, such as Apple’s Retina display.