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Cal Poly's Graphic Communication Department Adopts QuarkXPress 8

DENVER - 9/30/2008 -

Quark announced today that students in the Graphic Communication Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo will use QuarkXPress® 8 in prepress courses and in the university’s experiential student-run printing and publishing enterprise, University Graphic Systems. QuarkXPress 8 will also be used in workshops and seminars offered by the Graphic Communication Institute at Cal Poly.

“The latest version of QuarkXPress automates and streamlines complex prepress production,” said Mike Blum, Cal Poly Graphic Communication Professor and coordinator of the department’s Electronic Publishing and Imaging concentration. “It is an incredible learning tool for our students.” Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department has had a long and positive relationship with Quark. “We are pleased to enhance our partnership with one of the leading vendors in the graphic arts industry,” Blum said.

“It’s important to equip our students with the necessary software skills for our industry,” said Lorraine Donegan, Cal Poly Graphic Communication Professor and coordinator of the department’s Design Reproduction Technology concentration. “Quark is an icon in the creative publishing arena and we’re thrilled to integrate QuarkXPress 8 into our curriculum,” Donegan said.

This update will help educate students using the latest prepress technology in today’s graphic communication market. “QuarkXPress 8 will help us provide industry-ready graphic communication professionals who are proficient with the latest tools produced by one of the leading manufacturers in our industry,” said Harvey Levenson, head of the Graphic Communication Department.

“Cal Poly is a leading educational institution focused on preparing the next generation of graphic communicators and we are proud that their Graphic Communication Department has adopted QuarkXPress 8,” said Cherie Walker, Director of Channel and Education Sales at Quark. “Today’s employers are seeking well-rounded graphic communication professionals, and by incorporating QuarkXPress 8 into their curriculum, Cal Poly is helping students pave their way for success after graduation.”

About Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department
Founded in 1946, Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department (www.grc.calpoly.edu) is one of the largest and best known in the nation, offering students a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communication with concentrations in printing and imaging management, electronic publishing and imaging, design reproduction technology, graphics for packaging, and an Individual course of study. With over 33,000 square feet of space, the department houses some of the most modern laboratory facilities in graphic arts education. The department received national accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Collegiate Graphic Communications. The department also houses the Graphic Communication Institute (www.grci.calpoly.edu), which conducts research, testing, product evaluations, seminars, workshops and conferences.

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