Quark Acquires Assets of In.vision Research Corporation
Acquisition Unites Key Dynamic Publishing Capabilities into One Integrated Offering
DENVER - 7/17/2008 - Quark Inc., announced today that it has acquired the assets of In.vision Research Corporation, a Florida-based software company that develops the industry-leading add-in to Microsoft® Word for XML authoring. This acquisition elevates Quark to the unique position of being the sole company to bring together professional design and simplified XML authoring capabilities into one single integrated system. In addition, this acquisition will enable Quark to support Microsoft Word users within all types of workflows, both desktop and enterprise.
In.vision initially partnered with Quark to supply Xpress Author for Microsoft Word, which helps authors already familiar with Microsoft Word to easily create reusable XML content for Quark’s Dynamic Publishing Solution. By joining forces as a single company with more tightly integrated products and technologies, Quark and In.vision will further simplify implementation while extending the breadth and depth of their capabilities.
“Ease of use is critical to the mainstream adoption of dynamic publishing solutions within enterprises of all sizes,” commented Melissa Webster, Program VP for Content and Digital Media Technologies, IDC. “At the same time, XML is key to realizing the full power of dynamic publishing. In.vision's Word-based XML authoring together with Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution address these important requirements, and will help Quark significantly broaden the reach of its new product.”
“Uniting our two companies creates an ideal combination of complementary products, technologies and knowledge,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark’s CEO. “By combining In.vision’s user-friendly authoring capability with our professional publishing expertise, we are confident that Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution will be one of the most comprehensive and compelling solutions available today.”
“Quark is one of very few companies with the technology and global market presence to lead the billion-dollar dynamic publishing market,” said John Friske, CEO of In.vision. “This union bridges the gap between authoring and publishing and will propel Quark to become the leader in dynamic publishing. We’re excited to be part of this industry breakthrough.”
As part of this acquisition, Quark also gains products that support industry standards such as DITA (widely used for documentation) and SPL (Structured Product Labeling, an initiative of the U.S. FDA), which helps Quark access other markets and applications. In addition, In.vision will enhance Quark’s ability to connect to enterprise content management systems, especially Microsoft SharePoint.
The In.vision products represent fifth generation enterprise XML authoring and management technologies that currently support more than 200 financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, and federal government clients. Customers depend on the In.vision products when they have very large enterprise knowledge management or e-business applications that require broad user deployment of XML documents and rigorous security requirements. For more information about the acquisition, visit www.quark.com/invision.
Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) provides desktop publishing and dynamic publishing software that help customers design and publish richly designed communications across a broad spectrum of media. Two decades ago, our flagship product — QuarkXPress — changed the course of traditional publishing. Today, not only does QuarkXPress continue to innovate in the desktop publishing market — now Quark is revolutionizing publishing again with Quark® Dynamic Publishing Solution, helping customers cost-effectively meet enterprise-scale publishing challenges by extending the benefits of advanced technologies across the publishing process. Denver-based Quark Inc. is privately held.
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