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QuarkXpress 5.0 4 out of 5 stars

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software box cover [pc and mac] QuarkXPress 5.0's new and enhanced tool suite produces professional print and electronic media publications. See Adobe's InDesign as cheaper alternative.

System Requirements

PC

Pentium or faster processor
Microsoft Windows 95, NT 4.0, or later
32 MB RAM (additional memory recommended for graphics-intensive documents)
40 MB hard disk space
CD-ROM drive
256-color display with 800 x 600 or greater resolution

Optional:
Microsoft Windows-compatible PostScript printer with 2 MB RAM (additional printer memory may be required for graphics-intensive documents)
Adobe Type Manager recommended for accurate screen display and print Type 1 fonts
TCP/IP-compatible network
Internet connection with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or later, or Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later (Web browser required for online registration)

Mac

PowerPC-based Mac OS-compatible computer
Mac OS 8.6 or later
LaserWriter driver 7.0 or later
14 MB RAM (with virtual memory turned off), 20 MB RAM or greater recommended for graphics-intensive documents
36 MB hard disk space
CD-ROM drive

Optional:
PostScript printer with 2 MB RAM (additional printer memory may be required for graphics-intensive documents)
Adobe Type Manager recommended for accurate screen display and print Type 1 fonts
Internet connection with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or later, or Netscape Navigator 3.0 or later (Web browser required for online registration)

Detailed Description

Manufacturer's Description

QuarkXPress 5.0's new and enhanced tool suite produces professional print and electronic media publications more efficiently than ever before. Design Web pages and entire Web sites using the same palettes and tools you use to publish print documents. And because QuarkXPress 5.0 conforms to open standards, your Web pages can be opened and edited in standards-based HTML development tools, such as Dreamweaver. The 5.0 release also boasts an XML export tool that lets you extract content from QuarkXPress documents and store it in XML format.

QuarkXPress 5.0 streamlines print, Web, and PDF workflows by importing and exporting documents in dozens of file formats, including HTML and PDF, as well as XML format. The software's new tables tool sports typographic and image controls that create graphically rich tables in no time. QuarkXPress 5.0 also adds a new layers tool that isolates items within documents, letting you manage hundreds of document variants and making it an ideal tool for separating multiple design elements within a document.

With version 5.0, the QuarkXPress design environment gets Web savvy. Add drop-down lists, rollovers, hyperlinks, image maps, and metatags to your Web page designs. The product's powerful XTensions interface lets developers enhance QuarkXPress to meet the needs of unique publishing workflows, while its new License Administrator benefits publishers with multiple-seat installations by helping larger organizations share the use of a smaller number of licenses..

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4 out of 5 stars


We've given QuarkExpress 4 Stars rather than the usual 5 you'll find elsewhere because of the inflated price tag that accompanies this application. QuarkExpress is the industry standard in producing print publications, however, that doesn't make it the best. InDesign has made significant inroads as a worthy, and far less expensive publishing solution.

The QuarkExpress feature set is enormous, but sometimes the usability and accessibility of functions require a long and intense period of training before a user is fully confident in producing print ready documents. There is little doubt some of this extra effort is simply the result of the world of print publication being an inherently more complex process than that of web publishing. That said, QuarkExpress is not for the faint hearted and very much a professional's choice.

If you're a print designer you're going to have to bite the bullet and acquire QuarkExpress as the print industry simply refuse to release their grip on their software mascot. If however you're producing in-house or print publications for a known client base and have a relationship with a printing company that welcomes InDesign files, we'd recommend you review your options carefully.

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