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Quark Adopts Microsoft® Silverlight; Adds Silverlight Exporter to Quark Labs

Microsoft Silverlight, the Cross-Browser, Cross-Platform Plug-In for Rich Interactive Applications, is Now Available for QuarkXPress 7

DENVER - 3/7/2008 -

Quark Inc. announced today that QuarkViewer XT supporting Microsoft® Silverlight is now available for QuarkXPress 7 through Quark Labs. QuarkViewer XT is an XTensions module that allows users to export QuarkXPress documents into simple interactive documents. By leveraging Silverlight’s cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in, QuarkViewer XT users are able to create rich interactive documents for the Web directly from QuarkXPress.

“Quark’s adoption of Microsoft Silverlight is significant because it offers rich web functionality to our Windows customers using QuarkXPress 7,” said Paul Schmitt, senior vice president of strategic alliances and emerging technologies. “With Silverlight it is clear that Microsoft kept the graphic designer in mind, especially in terms of accessibility, cross-platform format standards and functionality. We are excited to be working with Microsoft to offer our Silverlight exporter as a cost-free download through Quark Labs.”

“Customers are looking for partner companies that can bridge the gap between their business demands and technology capabilities,” said Allison Watson, corporate vice president of the Worldwide Partner Sales and Marketing Group at Microsoft Corp. “They need to trust in a company that can act as an expert adviser for their long-term strategic technology plans. Today, Microsoft recognizes Quark as a Certified Partner for demonstrating its expertise providing customer satisfaction using Microsoft products and technology.”

In addition to being highly accessible for graphic designers and offering cross-platform format standards, Microsoft Silverlight provides QuarkXPress with the ability to encompass the key hi-fidelity rendering and programming features from Microsoft’s WPF and XPS platforms — making it easy to combine application logic and content presentation in a single design and development platform.

To learn more about Quark’s adoption of Microsoft Silverlight, watch the PodTech podcast featuring Microsoft ISV Evangelist Warren Wilbee and emerging technology experts from Quark: http://www.podtech.net/home/4892/whats-new-quarks-using-silverlight

Quark Labs Quark® Labs, launched in January 2008, is a technology portal featuring innovative QuarkXPress 7 XTensions® that are not initially being released as commercial products. Designed as a testing ground for QuarkXPress technology and as a community for QuarkXPress users and developers, Quark Labs offers free access to technology previews, proofs of concept and both new and familiar XTensions.

The XTensions featured on Quark Labs are built to enhance a user’s experience with QuarkXPress 7 and increase productivity by automating common user actions. In addition to the Silverlight Exporter, Quark Labs includes downloads for Welcome Screen, Drag and Drop 1.0b, ShadowCaster 3.3, Quick Look filter and Spotlight filter.

To access the Quark Labs, please visit labs.quark.com

About Quark Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) provides desktop publishing and dynamic publishing software that helps 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, but 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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Quark, QuarkXPress and XTensions are trademarks or registered trademarks of Quark, Inc. and its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact: Sarah Rector, Quark Inc., srector@quark.com, 303-894-3753