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Quark Releases Preview of iPad App for Grid-based Design

DesignPad now available for free on the App Store for designers to experiment and provide feedback

Denver, CO - 8/22/2012 - Quark announced today the preview release of Quark DesignPadTM, a new app for aspiring designers that helps them explore the fundamentals of grid-based design and create professional-looking artwork from a mobile device. Using simple multi-touch gestures, Quark DesignPad allows design neophytes to experiment with different layouts. Users start with pre-defined grid-based designs for standard document types such as ads, posters, newsletters and brochures and can then interactively customize the layouts. DesignPad enables design students and long-time professionals alike to start a design on the go, share it on Twitter, by email or further develop it in QuarkXPress® 9. 


The Quark DesignPad Preview app is free to download from the App Store for designers to explore and provide feedback to help shape future releases. Users are encouraged to share their feedback on forums.quark.com.

Gavin Drake, Vice President of Marketing at Quark comments: “At Quark we are always looking at innovative ways to make graphic design accessible to the whole spectrum of creative professionals– be it a long-time print designer looking to break through in the digital arena without having to learn to code or a student approaching desktop publishing for the first time. Now with DesignPad everyone can get real hands-on experience creating grid-based designs to create a variety of document types, making it a valuable teaching aid for the education sector. At the same time, DesignPad is a useful tool for experienced creative professionals to start a design on the go and finalise it on their computer using QuarkXPress 9, where they have complete control and the most sophisticated tools to build of the grid designs from DesignPad. 

“We are looking forward to hearing from the design community on this new approach to grid-based design and invite designers, students and teachers to send us their feedback to make DesignPad the essential iPad app for creative professionals”. 

Quark DesignPad Preview’s features include: 
  • Pre-defined grid-based layout types such as ads, posters, newsletters and brochures
  • Slider controls to adjust the layout including columns, rows, text and picture areas
  • ‘Randomise layouts’ option
  • Text control including fonts, colour, and inset position
  • Colour and opacity control on boxes and frames
  • Copy and paste functionality for inputting text directly into the layout
  • Choice between pictures on the iPad or an online selection of free stock photos 
  • Supports both US and international document sizes with selectable units of measure
  • Guides switch (on/off)
  • Customisable number of columns and rows, text and picture areas, caption positions and more
  • Option to save custom layouts for future reuse
  • Swipe-and-pinch functionality to position, crop and resize pictures 
  • Option to add background images as well as floating text and image boxes
  • Email and Tweet functionality to send the design to colleagues and friends directly from the iPad
  • Ability to create a QuarkXPress 9 version of the layout for even greater control to complete the design

For more information on Quark DesignPad please visit www.quark.com/en/products/designpad 

DesignPad can be downloaded for free from the App Store
To download DesignPad’s User Guide, click here
To tell us what you think, ask questions and converse with other users, visit forums.quark.com and enter the new DesignPad forum at http://forums.quark.com/53.aspx 

About Quark
Founded in Denver in 1981, Quark’s vision was to create software that would lay the foundation for modern publishing. For 30 years, Quark has delivered on that promise. Quark’s dynamic publishing solutions are setting new standards in automated cross-media publishing by combining the power of XML with flexible layout and design to automate the delivery of customised, intelligent communications across print, the Web, and digital media.

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Contact: Valentina Moressa, vmoressa@quark.com, +44 7506 000 817