Quark Releases Cutting-Edge QuarkXPress XTensions Through Quark Labs
New Technology Portal Offers QuarkXPress Users and Developers Access to Technology Previews, Proofs of Concept and Powerful XTensions
SAN FRANCISCO (MACWORLD) - 1/16/2008 -
Quark Inc. announced today Quark® Labs, a new portal
featuring innovative QuarkXPress® 7 XTensions® that are not initially being
released as commercial products. Designed as a testing ground for QuarkXPress
technology and a community for QuarkXPress users and developers, Quark Labs
offers free access to technology previews, proofs of concept and both new and
The new XTensions featured on Quark Labs are built to enhance a user’s
experience with QuarkXPress 7 and increase productivity by automating common
user actions. The XTensions on Quark Labs include Welcome Screen, Image Drag and
Drop 1.0b, and ShadowCaster 3.3.
- Welcome Screen: Welcome Screen is a
navigation screen that appears immediately upon launching QuarkXPress 7. It
allows users to open recent projects, create new projects, create new libraries
and more without clicking through a variety of menus or options. Welcome Screen
also features training videos, an RSS feed of Quark-related news and is
currently available for English-language Mac® environments.
- Image Drag
and Drop 1.0b: A long-time wish-list item for QuarkXPress users debuts as a
technology preview on the site. Image Drag and Drop 1.0b allows users to drag
images from almost anywhere - folders, their desktop - and drop them into a
QuarkXPress 7 document. The source code for this technology preview will also be
available on the site.
- ShadowCaster 3.3: One of the most popular
QuarkXPress XTensions of all time, ShadowCaster adds transparency, blend modes
and special effects such as shadows, glows and bevels to QuarkXPress layouts.
Version 3.3 is compatible with QuarkXPress 7.
In addition to access to
new and emerging XTensions that are not available elsewhere,
offers users and developers a way to communicate with the Quark developers who
are creating new software for QuarkXPress 7. Visitors can implement and test
XTensions concepts and provide both constructive and critical feedback.
"Quark Labs is all about moving technology forward through collaboration
with the Quark community," said Paul Schmitt, vice president of emerging
technologies and strategic alliances for Quark. "By making our development ideas
and concepts available we hope to solicit honest feedback that will positively
affect the direction of both Quark and QuarkXPress 7."
Quark Labs will be
updated continually with new technology previews, concepts and XTensions. In the
near future updates to the site will include enhancements for the Mac OS®
experience as well as third-party application compatibility add-ons.
more information and to access the new XTensions, please visit Quark Labs today
Inc. (euro.quark.com) is an innovative
software company providing design, production, and collaboration solutions that
are transforming the business of creative communications. Quark has provided
award-winning software for professional publishers since its flagship product,
QuarkXPress, changed the course of traditional publishing. Denver-based Quark
Inc. is privately held.
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affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are the property
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