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This topic contains the release notes that document the new features, improvements and bug fixes that were included in the various releases of Q++Studio in 2019.


See also: release notes of the current year and release notes of other years.


December 31, 2019  (build 21235)




Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.1.2, released in early December 2019. However, according to Quark technical support, this update is primarily concerned with problems exporting to PDF on the Macintosh, and there are no new features of bug fixes that pertain to the Windows version.



November 30, 2019  (build 21145)




Quark support for QuarkXPress 2016 and QuarkXPress 2017 ended on November 30, 2019. As usual, Q++Studio will aim to keep supporting older versions of QuarkXPress for many years (we are currently supporting all QuarkXPress versions, from 5 to 2019).

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.1.1, released at the end of November 2019.

The Q++Studio TeamViewer support module is now based on TeamViewer 15.

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2018.3.4, released in mid-November 2019.

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.1, released in early November 2019.




Added some code to the application updater and the worldwide public holidays updater, to gracefully handle overly aggressive anti-viruses that block the saving of files in rapid succession.



October 31, 2019  (build 21069)




Fixed an inaccuracy in this documentation's listing of the calculation times modifiers of astronomical tokens.

Updated the page containing the list of QuarkXPress versions to include the recent announcement of the end-of-life dates for all QuarkXPress versions up to, and including, QuarkXPress 2019.




Under some circumstances, it was possible to click on one of the section scriptlines, whereby the displayed list of properties would be incorrect (31-oct-2019).

The QuarkXPress xtension Notes.xnt could.cause QuarkXPress to crash during complex and lengthy diary generations. Q++Studio now preemptively disables this xtension (Blueline, 26-oct-2019).

Fixed a bug in the undocumented function that allowed for the deletion of all the script lines of either the Front Pages or the Back Pages block of a Script (Letts, 17-oct-2019).

Fixed a randomly occurring error, which would display dates as blank, when using macros to override the conversion and formatting of the dates, weekdays and week numbers of a minicalendar (Letts, 16-oct-2019).

A bug-fix from July 2019, in the evaluation of zap and conditional tokens where the condition included a token with a specific DayValue, had introduced a bug in the calculation of tokens that use 0 (zero) as DayValue (Blueline, 12-oct-2019).



September 30, 2019  (build 21033)




Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.02, released in late September 2019.

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2019.01, released in early September 2019.




New version 2.08 of the astronomical library containing: an update for current Delta T and the use of the latest IAU standard for the AU constant.

Increased the size of the text replacement buffer from 64K to 128K on QuarkXPress 2016 and above.

Adjusted the behavior of the BOXFIT token, when using QuarkXPress 2016 or above, so that the automatic pre-shrinking of the textbox, introduced last April, only occurs for step sizes of 2 points or less (to allow for the use of leading-size steps, in particular when increasing a textbox vertically to just fit the right number of lines of text).




A change of October 2018, to remove trailing tabs at the end of the month when using single-line minicalendar tabs and the :tab modifier, would miss some tabs if outside days options were turned on (Brunnen, 24-sept-2019).

The script opening error messages 110104 and 110105 would not be displayed if some, or all, of the script's scriptlines were missing (Zettler, 11-sep-2019).

If warning 110023 was ignored when manually re-inspecting a plain Quark File and a file of a different name from the one used before, was selected, and the current scriptline had either been copied from another script, or the current script came from a save as of another script, then the change of the underlying plain Quark File would also affect the original scriptline in the other script (Diarpell, 9-sept-2019).



August 31, 2019  (build 20994)




Added a message warning you if a file you are trying to scan in either read-only or located in a protected location.




The messages 182825 and 182830, indicating that QuarkXPress has not yet fully closed, prior to scanning a template or generating a diary, would sometimes appear spuriously (5-aug-2019).



July 31, 2019  (build 20960)




Q++Studio is compatible with the new QuarkXPress 2019, officially released on July 9, 2019.

Q++Studio is compatible with QuarkXPress version 2018.32.




Expanded the help topic on DayValues inside the conditions of zap or conditional tokens.

New versions of the worldwide public holidays apps for Android or iPhone and iPad. These 2 apps have been re-written from scratch, using the native development tools for each of the Android and iOS platforms, making for lightweight and lightning fast applications.




Fixed a bug in the evaluation of zap and conditional tokens where the condition included a token with a specific DayValue (Blueline, 8-july-2019).



June 30, 2019  (build 20911)




Chris Hickey, the new Quark CEO, has announced that QuarkXPress 2019 would be released on July 9, 2019. As usual, Q++Studio will support this new version of QuarkXPress on the first day of its release (in fact, Q++Studio has been compatible, for weeks, with all the beta versions of QuarkXPress 2019).

The browser-based online version of the documentation now uses a responsive skin making it adapt to all types of screens, including mobile phones. In addition, the online documentation's full-text search now uses server-based PHP, making for faster and more flexible searching.




The help topic previews, which appear in the scanning/inspecting and diary generation messages dialogs, have been improved with the subsections headers appearing in bold.

The Windows Help and browser-based versions of the Q++Studio documentation formats have been improved with many new features, including the addition of convenient scroll/content and hamburger menus.

The updater now installs versions of the qpp xtension that work with both the original version of QuarkXPress 2018, and with the the later versions, beginning with the October 2018 Update 14.1.2 which used different ICU libraries, breaking any previous installations of QuarkXPress 2018. This should make the occurrence of message 182120 a thing of the past, regardless of the minor version of QuarkXPress 2018 that you are using.




Using a single-line diary generation would nonetheless include any PlaceHolder script lines of the diary script being generated (JMata, 17-jun-2019).



May 31, 2019  (build 20757)




Q++Studio is compatible with the current beta version of the recently-announced QuarkXPress 2019. As usual, we expect to release a version of Q++Studio that is fully compatible with this new version of QuarkXPress, on the day it is officially released.




Added a message to interrupt informatively the scanning or inspection of a Quark file, if the selected version of QuarkXPress is improperly setup, and the relevant error messages, such as messages 175665 or 175670 or 182120, for example, have not been addressed.




Modifying saints exceptions individually would not apply any change (Blueline, 13-may-2019).

The holidays synchronization would not remove obsolete name variations from synchronized holidays (11-may-2019).

The dates generated by the dates (variable) property of insert scriptlines would be based on the range of dates of the script's main grid, and not that of the parent scriptline of the insert (Brepols, 10-may-2019).



April 30, 2019  (build 20694)




Any box containing a BOXFIT token, and which does not have text overflow initially, will now be automatically reduced in size to 3 points, to ensure text overflow, before the actual BOXFIT processing begins. This will make your layouts that use BOXFIT more legible and avoid the error message 179375 (requires QuarkXPress 2016 or above).

The bullet glyph used for bullet points in the webhelp online documentation are now larger and more visible.

The generated output files are now saved, closed and re-opened, before performing the check for text overflow, to ensure that the generated file has been fully internally updated by QuarkXPress, and that no spurious text overflow messages appear.

The individual pages of the script preview now display the label of Place Holders, and the file name of Quark Pages, centered and wrapped on multiple lines (instead of a single, potentially truncated, line as was the case before).




Fixed the spurious occurrence of message 179730 which would occur if some formatting was to be applied to all tokens, regardless of their type, such as in setting some formatting for outside days in the monthly outside days section of Grid Options, but when the token is one of the image tokens whose text will be ignored as the textbox is changed to a picture box (JMata, 20-apr-2019) .

Any very large single Xtags instruction (over 4096 bytes) could cause QuarkXPress to abort diary generation (Brunnen, 11-apr-2019).

The error message displayed in the macro interruption dialog would, under certain circumstances, be stripped of its most important information, leaving a generic error message (Brepols, 5-apr-2019).

If the result string of a holidays response token contained one or more tokens, which themselves contained a colon, such as specific holidays sets modifiers, then that colon would be mistaken as the beginning of a duration suffix (Zettler, 4-apr-2019).



March 31, 2019  (build 20545)




Over the past 4 months, all the chapters and topics of the help and documentation have been fully revised, with updated and expanded text, and all new screenshots, based on the latest version of Q++Studio running under Windows 10 (over 2200 topics and 1300 images).




Added code to slow down the importation of large plain Quark files (files of over 20 pages), to allow any anti-virus to catch-up with the importation process, and the creation and deletion of temporary files (although this should not be necessary, if your anti-virus and firewall are setup as specified here).

The find and change fields of the saras definition window now use a fixed font to make these 2 strings easier to read.

Added a space after bullets point bullets in the help preview of the diary generation messages dialog.

Added code to prevent trying to scan or generate if some files are missing from your QuarkXPress installation.

Improved the layout of the log generated by the worldwide public holidays updater.




Fixed a bug that would neglect the number of days per template in the calculation of the start and end date, when inserting a daily grid (Blueline, 27-mar-2019).

The holiday copied back from the holiday rule wizard would not have the ID of the incoming holiday rule, leading to an assertion error when trying to save that holiday (20-mar-2019).

The updater now pro-actively replaces missing DLL files in the QuarkXPress 2018 installation folder due to a problem in the 2018.21 upgrader (19-mar-2019).

Added code to gracefully handle failed connections to the FTP server (19-mar-2019).

Fixed a bug in the saving of the backup purging settings of the server settings, whereby the weekdays, and first/last of the month, settings would not be saved, and would always revert to their defaults (Lecas, 12-mar-2019).



February 28, 2019  (build 20339)




Messages from the LogMessage macro function were being displayed as errors in the diary generation messages dialog.

Fixed a few UI glitches of text controls not being aligned with each other, in particular in the holidays recurrence rules.




Tokens using DayValues of 0 would be mistaken for tokens of weekly grids inserted in a monthly grid (28-feb-2019).

The tooltip variable evaluation of the macro debugger would not find the correct variable under the mouse cursor, for long lines, and if you changed the size and font used to display macros (27-feb-2019).

Block indenting in the macros editor would add a spurious tab character at the front of the last line (27-feb-2019).

If a holiday used in a conflict rule was subsequently ignored, then the warning message 173490 would be properly triggered, but the interface of the holidays manager would not identify the conflict rule as being broken (26-feb-2019).

The secondary indices of multiple index macro tokens, used in the text on left or text on right fields of multiple holidays options or moon phases display options, would not be identified and listed in the macros property editor (Lecas, 25-feb-2019)

Calling the macro functions Assert and RaiseError with the parameter bAbortScript set to true would not abort the script; it would just keep logging the errors until the end of the script (12-feb-2019).

When re-opening the breakpoint editor of the macros debugger, the previously-selected variable would no longer be selected (9-feb-2019).

Fixed a couple of UI glitches in the macros editor. When pressing F3 in the macros editor, an unfiltered list of functions would be displayed, instead of one limited to function of the right type, and the parameter list of void functions would be truncated (9-feb-2019).

Fixed a rare bug which would occur when using the tab character insertion minicalendar modifier, with a split minicalendar whose first half did not have trailing empty positions (JMata, 7-feb-2019).



January 31, 2019  (build 20151)




Q++Studio is compatible with the January 2019 Update 14.2.1 of QuarkXPress 2018.




Improved the usability of the specific dates property editor (drag and drop to add or remove a date and double-click on a date to add it to the list of fixed dates).

The user interface of the slogan rules property editor has been fully re-designed.




Added code to force QuarkXPress to always insert pages of non-facing pages output files on a new spread (Grieg, 30-jan-2019).

Fixed a UI glitch in the scripts editor which would have the type name of a script line extend over the description of the particular script line, such as 1w/2p for a DiaryGridLine (17-jan-2019).

Added code to gracefully recover when encountering a corrupted bitmap or PNG preview of a Template or set of Quark Pages (Blueline, 15-jan-2019).

Some dialogs would straddle 2 screens on dual-monitor systems (10-jan-2019).

Fixed a dates array whose memory was nor being fully re-initialized each time a GridTemplate was being re-scanned, causing ghost dates to be used in insertion rules, in some extremely rare cases of removing dayvalue marker tokens from a template into which another template was being inserted, and which contained no tokens on any page other then the first (Nippecraft, 8-jan-2019).

Fixed a small memory leak that would occur when changing the list of the exceptions of a recurring holiday (5-jan-2019).

Fixed an extremely rare exception that could occur after re-scanning a template, due to a partially initialized array (4-jan-2019).


Other Years


See also: release notes of the current year and release notes of other years.



Topic 182635, last updated on 25-Oct-2023