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ClassWizard integrates page-planning system with Quark Publishing System for automated media production

With ClassWizard and Quark Publishing System, production processes become more efficient and more cost-effective. The XML-based ClassWizard can also be used with Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution.

HAMBURG - 10/22/2008 -

Quark Inc. announced today that ClassWizard, a QuarkAlliance® partner, will integrate its page-planning system of the same name with Quark Publishing System® (QPS®), Quark’s editorial workflow system. This combined solution is currently being implemented and is scheduled to be presented at ClassWizard’s stand at IFRA 2008 in Amsterdam (booth 10620). ClassWizard is an XML-based planning, makeup, and output system used by daily and weekly newspapers and magazine publishers. With ClassWizard and QPS, the publishing workflows can be automated in both directions, reducing redundancies in the production process and simplifying collaboration between editorial staff, advertising departments, and production planners.

QPS allows staff to create and manage editorial content, while ClassWizard plans, links, and positions advertisements and editorial sections, and the entire page of advertising and editorial content can be submitted to the output workflow. For editorial staff, advertising departments, and production planners, this means that objects can now be automatically positioned and displayed on pages, making it possible to transfer content to a central printing and design structure for all employees. With one click, users can create corresponding files for QPS and automatically assign the correct task to the respective contact person in QPS. QPS and ClassWizard are constantly synchronized in the workflow. With the ability to track editorial changes and control the positioning of advertisements simultaneously, a high degree of reliability and flexibility is guaranteed in the production process, ensuring that the people involved in the workflow are always using up-to-date information and content.

Based on open standards, ClassWizard and QPS easily integrate with existing software components in the production process. Java and XML ensure cross-platform functionality.

Jörg Schiessler, CEO of ClassWizard GmbH, is very pleased about collaborating with Quark. "QPS is an extremely flexible and powerful editorial workflow system that supports developments in the publishing industry and also offers a very good technical basis for developing a joint solution. With the seamless integration of QPS and ClassWizard, we can offer our customers outstanding options to optimize their processes and workflow."

Axel R. Paesike, director of central European sales and services at Quark, adds "ClassWizard provides versatile functionality and user-friendliness. Together with QPS, it will fulfill our customers’ requirements for an integrated solution. Since ClassWizard is XML-based, nothing stands in the way of creating a media-independent workflow with Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution. Together we are setting new standards for automated dynamic media production."

About ClassWizard

ClassWizard GmbH was founded in 2003 in Lübeck, Germany. The experience of the two company founders, Heribert Hanisch and Jörg Schiessler, in project management and development as well as their knowledge about the integration of production and advertising systems helped make ClassWizard a fast and efficient page-design system. Since then, a growing number of publishing houses all over the world have recognized the advantages of ClassWizard. For more information about the company, please visit www.classwizard.com.

About Quark Publishing System

Quark Publishing System (QPS) reduces the complexity of professional and corporate publishing by simplifying editorial and creative workflows, elegantly linking people and tasks in a virtual workplace. As a result, customers can simplify their editorial and creative processes, thereby increasing productivity and lowering costs. Quark has just announced the simultaneous fall release of QPS 8, QuarkCopyDesk® 8, and QuarkXPress® Server 8, marking the complete compatibility of Quark’s enterprise solutions with QuarkXPress® 8. For more information about QPS, please visit dynamicpublishing.quark.com/de/qps/

About Quark

Quark Inc. (euro.quark.com/en) 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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