DESKTOP PUBLISHING OUTFIT Quark has refreshed its venerable WYSIWYG design software product Quarkxpress, adding some major features free of charge.
Quarkxpress version 10.1 includes new 8,000 percent zoom and dynamic guide features as well as HTML5 animation capabilities in App Studio layouts.
Quarkxpress is available as a perpetual license, and Quark said no subscription is required to download the software.
With the new 8,000 percent zoom capability, designers can pay more attention to detail, as it offers deeper zooming options in layout and photo tools so mages can be positioned more precisely.
The integration of dynamic guides means that designers no longer have to manually create guides to align elements in layouts.
"Dynamic guides automatically appear when items that are created, moved or resized align with other items on the page," Quark said. "Dynamic guides also show when items have the same width and height as other elements on the page or when several items have the same distance to other items to help evenly distribute elements."
The update also adds HTML support, so users of Quarkxpress can create HTML5 animations easily, such as slide-in from the side, fade or grow elements. They can also use these animations in App Studio to add interactive animations to app content.
Other revisions to Quark's desktop publishing product include an Export as Image feature so boxes, partial pages or whole pages can be exported as static pixel based images, such as PNG or JPG.
There are also custom colour schemes in Quarkxpress 10.1, so users can create their own user interface colour settings in the preferences menu, and QR code enhancements so URLs and other content on existing QR codes can be changed to create pixel or vector based codes.
The Quarkxpress 10.1 software update is available now for download free to all registered users.
Quark unveiled Quarkxpress version 10 last July, complete with an updated Xenon graphics engine, support for Apple's Retina display and an overhauled user interface.
The update is the first version of Quarkxpress to support Apple's native application programming interface (API) for Mac OS X, Cocoa. µ