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QuarkXPress support in Q++Studio XV4

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For the most up-to-date information on the various versions of QuarkXPress, you can refer to the What's the latest update of each version of QuarkXPress ? page on the Quark website.

 

The recommended version of Windows to use with the XV4 64-bit version of Q++Studio, is Windows 10 64-bit.

 

The table below summarizes the use of QuarkXPress with Q++Studio.

 

Supported Versions

Currently (August 2020), the XV4 64-bit version of Q++Studio supports QuarkXPress versions, from QuarkXPress 8 to QuarkXPress 2020, inclusively.

 

However, not all versions of QuarkXPress are supported by all versions of Windows, and vice-versa.

 

Quark-Windows Restrictions and Incompatibilities

 

QuarkXPress 8 can only run on Windows 7 (not on Windows 10).

QuarkXPress 2019-2020 can only run on Windows 10.

Recommended Versions

Currently (August 2020), the recommended version of QuarkXPress to use with the XV4 64-bit version of Q++Studio is QuarkXPress 2017 (with the 64-bit version of Windows 10).

 

If you need to use large font families with multiple font styles, then QuarkXPress 2018 or QuarkXPress 2019 are also good options, in particular as they will allow you to select print-only fonts using the new font list editor.

Backward compatibility

Although QuarkXPress versions 8 to 2017 are no longer supported by Quark, its publisher, we will try to maintain the compatibility of Q++Studio XV4 64-bit with all QuarkXPress versions from 8 to 2017, for as long as possible.

 

The table below gives more details about each individual version of QuarkXPress, and its particularities and features, as regards its use with Q++Studio. Versions whose background cells are shaded are no longer supported by Quark, the publisher of QuarkXPress*.

 

QuarkXPress 2020

(released on May 28, 2020)

 

Minimum version: 2020.0

Link to latest version: 2020.01

As usual, Q++Studio was compatible with QuarkXPress 2020, weeks before May 28, 2020, the day when it was officially released.

 

Documentation link for QuarkXPress 2020.

Video presentation of QuarkXPress 2020.

As usual, and although it has not yet been officially announced, we can assume that Quark will no longer support QuarkXPress 2020 after July 31, 2022*.

QuarkXPress 2019

(released on July 9, 2019)

 

Minimum version: 2019.0

Recommended version: 2019.1.1

Link to latest version: 2019.2.1

Known and Resolved Issues

Q++Studio has supported QuarkXPress 2019, ever since it was announced, on April 24, 2019.

 

Here are official links to the description of the new QuarkXPress 2019 features here and QuarkXPress 2019 video teaser here.

 

Version 2019.2.0 introduces the "dark theme" UI mode.

Version 2019.1.0 includes the possibility of bulk-importing IDML files, to convert multiple InDesign files at once.

 

Important information about Quark 2019

 

QuarkXPress 2019 requires Windows 10.

Quark will no longer support QuarkXPress 2019 after July 31, 2021*.

QuarkXPress 2018

(released May 16, 2018)

 

Minimum version: 2018.2

Recommended version: 2018.3.4

Link to latest version: 2018.3.5

Q++Studio has supported QuarkXPress 2018, ever since it was announced on March 1st, 2018.

 

The December 2018 Update of QuarkXPress 2018 offers full support for Indic scripts; including hyphenation, spell-checking for major Indian languages, and export to HTML5 (more details at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dCSVJ9zQ4A).

Introduces the importation of an InDesign IDML file directly from inside QuarkXPress.

All installed fonts are now visible in QuarkXPress as variants such as Thin, Book, Black, Condensed, ..., are now listed in the tool palette.

More details available online: short 5 min presentation video and long 39 min presentation video.

 

Important information about Quark 2018

 

The Quark 2018 October 2018 Update 14.1.2 uses a different set of ICU DLLs and this can cause problems. Make sure to use the build 20767 or later of Q++Studio, is you plan to use QuarkXPress 2018.

As of July 31, 2020*, Quark no longer supports QuarkXPress 2018.

QuarkXPress 2017

(released May 24, 2017)

 

Minimum version: 2017.01

Recommended version: 2017.2.4

Link to latest version: 2017.2.4

Q++Studio has supported QuarkXPress 2017, since its announcement on March 1st, 2017.

 

Version 2017.2.4 back-ports many of the fixes introduced in Quark 2018.

Version 2017.2.1 introduces the possibility of creating a QuarkXPress document by importing an InDesign IDML file directly from inside QuarkXPress (this feature remains in beta until Quark 2018).

Possibility of adding text stroking, and text background shading and text framing to individual text elements.

Fixes an issue with right-aligned fillchar tabs in QuarkXPress 2016.

 

Important information about Quark 2017

 

Same hardware requirements and limitations as for QuarkXPress 2016, below.

 

As of November 30, 2019*, Quark no longer supports QuarkXPress 2017.

QuarkXPress 2016

(released May 24, 2016)

 

Minimum version: 2016.0

Recommended version: 2016.22

Link to latest version: 2016.23

Q++Studio has supported QuarkXPress 2016, since its launch on May 24, 2016.

 

The time to start QuarkXPress 2016 is much less than for previous versions, which is a big plus to Q++Studio users who need to start QuarkXPress many times in a given workday.

A lot of improvements in the UI.

Copying of native objects from InDesign and PDF files now works very well as of version 2016.1.

 

Important information about Quark 2016

 

Recommended hardware specs: 8GB of RAM and a Quad-Core processor.

QuarkXPress 2016 will not run on 32-bit versions of Windows.

QuarkXPress 2016 will not run on any version of Windows XP.

QuarkXPress 2016 cannot be used to open QuarkXPress files saved using Quark 3-4-5-6 (although Quark has released a free utility to convert files from versions 4-5-6 to version 7).

If Windows 7 issues a message such as "QuarkXPress 2016 has stopped working" when closing QuarkXPress 2016 on Windows 7, then please click on the link QuarkXPress 201x has stopped working and follow the steps described therein.

 

As of November 30, 2019*, Quark no longer supports QuarkXPress 2016.

QuarkXPress 2015

(released April 28, 2015)

 

Minimum version: 2015.1

Recommended version: 2015.1

Last available version: 2015.1

Q++Studio has supported QuarkXPress 2015 since its release on April 28, 2015.

 

New features:

QuarkXPress 2015 is a native 64-bit application.

Work environment under Windows is docked as was introduced under QuarkXPress 10 on the Macintosh.

 

Important information about Quark 2015

 

Recommended hardware specs: 8GB of RAM and a Quad-Core processor.

QuarkXPress 2015 will not run on 32-bit versions of Windows.

QuarkXPress 2015 will not run on any version of Windows XP.

QuarkXPress 2015 cannot be used to open QuarkXPress files saved using Quark 3-4-5-6 (although Quark has released a free utility to convert files from versions 4-5-6 to version 7).

If Windows 7 issues a message such as "QuarkXPress 2015 has stopped working" when closing QuarkXPress 2015 on Windows 7, then please click on the link QuarkXPress 201x has stopped working and follow the steps described therein.

 

QuarkXPress 2015 is no longer supported by Quark, as of November 30, 2018*.

QuarkXPress 10

 

Minimum version: 10.2

Recommended version: 10.5

Last available version: 10.52

QuarkXPress version 10 has been relatively problem-free beginning with version 10.00, although early builds did show extreme slowness when scrolling pages (this seems fixed in version 10.5).

 

Q++Studio officially supports QuarkXPress 10 since November, 2013.

 

New features:

 

Textboxes which contain missing fonts are highlighted (this default behavior can be turned off, but we personally find it a big plus).

Starting with version 10.1, it is now possible to zoom at a factor of 8000% (eight thousand percent), a welcome feature for all those frustrated by the previous zoom limitations of previous versions of QuarkXPress.

Starting with Quark 10.5 the bitmap previews generated during scanning are immeasurably nicer.

 

Important information about Quark 10

 

QuarkXPress 10 will not run on Windows XP.

QuarkXPress 10 cannot be used to open QuarkXPress files saved using Quark 3-4-5-6 (although Quark has released a free utility to convert files from versions 4-5-6 to version 7).

The QuarkXPress file format has changed between Quark 10.1x and 10.2 (similarly to what happened between Quark 9.0x and 9.1). This means that, if you are using Quark 10, you will have to upgrade to Quark 10.2.

 

QuarkXPress 10 is no longer supported by Quark since July 31, 2017*.

QuarkXPress 9

 

Minimum version: 9.20

Recommended version: 9.51

Last available version: 9.541

QuarkXPress version 9 has been an excellent, problem-free, version from version 9.00. However, in late 2011, the file format and internals of QuarkXPress 9.1 were changed, with the result that the minimal version of QuarkXPress 9 is 9.20.

 

QuarkXPress 9 is no longer supported by Quark since September 30, 2015*.

QuarkXPress 8

 

Minimum version: 8.16

Recommended version: 8.51

Last available version: 8.51

(not compatible with Windows 10+)

QuarkXPress version 8 has been an excellent, problem-free, version from version 8.00, however the internal headers of QuarkXPress 8 were changed with version 8.16 which mandates the use of QuarkXPress 8.16 at least.

 

QuarkXPress 8 is no longer supported by Quark* since December 31, 2013, and will not run on Windows 10 or above.

 

Versions 3-7 of QuarkXPress cannot run on Windows 7, or above, and therefore cannot be used with the 64-bit XV4 version of Q++Studio.

 

 

* Although versions 8 to 2017 of QuarkXPress are no longer supported by Quark, we will try to maintain the compatibility of Q++Studio XV4 64-bit with all QuarkXPress versions, from 8 to 2018, for as long as possible. For the most up-to-date information on the various versions of QuarkXPress, you can refer to the What's the latest update of each version of QuarkXPress ? page on the Quark website.