What’s New in QuarkXPress 2018

Combining the features you asked for with the quality your daily work demands, QuarkXPress 2018 is truly a masterpiece!


  • First-Class OpenType Controls
  • Colour Fonts Support
  • Upgraded Font Listing
  • Hyphenation Strictness Levels
  • OpenType Support for Digital

Professional Print

  • Direct InDesign IDML Import
  • New PDF Print Engine
  • Tagged/Accessible PDF
  • Built-in JavaScript ES6+ V8
  • Digital-to-Print Conversion


  • Unlimited Android Apps
  • Digital Preview Improvements
  • HTML5 Export Optimizations
  • Grouped Interactivity
  • Collect for Output Digital

What’s new in QuarkXPress 2018 (Video)

NEW Full Support for Indic Languages (Video)


First-Class OpenType Controls

We all know that OpenType fonts offer the best typography options such as proper small caps, real fractions, ligatures, tabular figures, stylistic sets suggested by font designers and much more. However, most applications hide typographic functionality offered by OpenType or make it almost impossible to apply. QuarkXPress 2018 is different: For the first time OpenType is treated as a first-class citizen. Rather than hide the options in multiple submenus we make OpenType easier to use. With QuarkXPress 2018 you can now control your OpenType fonts the way you expect to.

Colour Fonts Support

For many years the changes in typography have been incremental rather than radical…that is until colour fonts emerged. (Emoji icons on your phone are examples of colour fonts.) While browsers have supported colour fonts for years, print publications have ignored them until now: QuarkXPress 2018 is the first layout application that fully supports Colour Fonts. QuarkXPress supports Colour Fonts in SVG, SBIX and COLR formats. And you can use them in print, PDF and digital outputs. To get a sense of how Colour Fonts work and how they will open up a broad new space for your creativity, check out this website: colorfonts.wtf

Upgraded Font Listing

A good typeface can increase the reading pleasure of the viewer but even the best typefaces are not appropriate for every situation. Font listing has been overhauled in QuarkXPress 2018 to help you make the best typographic choices. Font Family and available Font Styles (Roman, Bold, etc.) are now listed in two separate combinations. Additionally, font styles are mapped to the type styles buttons P/B/I in the palettes and dialog. Of course you can still turn off the WYSIWYG font listing for font family listing plus font styles are always listed in the default system font.

Hyphenation Strictness Levels

QuarkXPress has delivered quality hyphenation technology since version 6.5. It’s based on technology licensed from UB Dieckmann, considered by many to be the best hyphenation available on the market. But it gets better. In QuarkXPress 2018 you can choose between five hyphenation strictness levels. You can hyphenate everywhere that is grammatically correct or e.g. chose to only hyphenate compound words. You pick which strictness level is best for your publication. And of course, you can decide that for each individual paragraph if you choose. Hyphenation strictness levels are available for all languages supported by the QuarkXPress hyphenation engine, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and many more.

Full Support for Indic Languages

To help customers publish in popular Indic languages, the latest QuarkXPress 2018 now offers full support for Indic Unicode fonts as well as embraces native OS features for keyboard input methods for Indian languages. It also supports analyzing and reordering characters as per Indic orthographic syllable boundaries; conjunct creation and glyph positioning; Hunspell hyphenation support for 11 Indian languages that offers spell checking and hyphenation methods; text input through keyboard: copy & paste and direct import and more.

“We see a trend worldwide, and of course also in India, where customers prefer our perpetual – no-subscription – licensing model for QuarkXPress for Mac and Windows. Additionally, our partners in India - 4C Plus, Clavis Technologies, Modular Infotech and Summit - are now offering professional an Indian typeface package and additional software and services. This powerful combination of QuarkXPress 2018 plus the Indian typeface package from our partners now enables customers to publish in almost any Indic language available.”


Direct InDesign® IDML Import

With more and more InDesign users switching to QuarkXPress, it was time to make it even easier to migrate. Of course, you can use existing QuarkXPress features to convert PDF files created in any application or even copy and paste InDesign objects into native QuarkXPress objects. However, this only migrates the design elements and not style sheets and master pages, for example. The new native InDesign IDML Import in QuarkXPress 2018 converts InDesign IDML documents directly into the QuarkXPress format.

* Features, which InDesign offers and QuarkXPress does not, will not be converted. Not all InDesign features are currently supported. Features where QuarkXPress offers superior functionality over InDesign may need rework to make use of the full capabilities of QuarkXPress.

New PDF Print Engine

Requirements for PDF workflows increase permanently. To keep up the pace, we implemented the best PDF technology available on the market – callas® pdfToolbox – which even contains the Adobe® PDF libraries. That means QuarkXPress 2018 users benefit from the highest quality PDF, PDF/X and PDF/A, driven by two of the best PDF technology providers. Now with leading PDF technology, QuarkXPress 2018 is the first layout application with the ability to create one single PDF/X-A file that complies with both the  PDF/X-4 and PDF/A-2b standards. Combined with the new built-in JavaScript capabilities, the new PDF Print Engine opens up a broad new way for print production automation.

Tagged/Accessible PDF

Accessibility compliant PDFs are not just important but often mandatory. Many large corporates, governments suppliers are required by law to supply information published online in an accessible format. HTML5 is an obvious choice; often workflows require accessible PDFs. The new PDF engine in QuarkXPress 2018 combined with new tools for accessibility make this possible. Even if you don’t need tagged PDFs for accessibility reasons, there are many benefits to understanding the text flow embedded within your PDFs.

Built-in JavaScript ES6+ based on V8

Scriptability and extensibility have always been core values of QuarkXPress. With QuarkXPress 2018 you can now write cross platform JavaScripts to automate repetitive tasks by accessing capabilities beyond the user interface. For example, you - or anyone with basic Java Scripting and HTML programming skills (HTML DOM manipulation) - can create unique features by accessing application and file system level commands, you can modify layout objects using document object model (DOM API). Unlike the competition, QuarkXPress 2018 uses an up-to-date version of JavaScript (ECMAScript ES6+).

“Designers will love the colour fonts. Think of the time it can save. Now you just type and it’s done!”

Kurt Lang, JKL Studios


Create Unlimited Android Single Apps

Digital is the new print! QuarkXPress 2018 expands on the ability to create unlimited iOS single apps by adding support for creating unlimited single apps for Android devices - completely free, directly from your desktop, no server, no login, no additional cost.*
*Google Play Store Developer Account required, which requires associated costs.

HTML5 Export Optimizations

HTML5 Publications and ePub now export even more items as native HTML5 elements. This includes support for type styles (Outline, Shadow), Tables as HTML tables, Anchored text boxes, grouped boxes and Tables, non-solid rules, footnote separators and Index entries as Hyperlinks.

Digital Preview Improvements

The following new HTML5 Preview options are available when authoring in QuarkXPress 2018: Page Preview, Layout Preview, Project Preview.

Grouped Items Interactivity

Add interactivity to groups e.g. Buttons, Animations, Audio & Video.



QuarkXPress 2018 provides new clarity with a vertical measurement palette especially for use on wide and high-resolution monitors. This powerful new floating palette provides access to all controls and attributes, is keyboard addressable and includes all previous shortcut keys (remember old modal CMD+M dialog?). It’s also scrollable with easy-to-read labels so you always know which measurements you are changing without guessing or having to mouse over the icon. Work even faster now in QuarkXPress 2018!
(macOS only)


QuarkXPress users on macOS had it first, now Windows users can also benefit: In QuarkXPress 2018, the new measurement palette gives you access to all attributes of QuarkXPress items and typography without obstructing your layout. No large modal dialog that obstructs your view. Instant preview (with the ability to apply and revert). And all shortcut commands remain the same!


Digital-to-Print Conversion (Digital First Workflow)

QuarkXPress 2018 now allows duplication of Digital layouts to Print layouts. This is powerful: Start with your digital design/publication first and then - in a second step - create a printable subset of it.

Span Footnotes over Columns

Footnotes can now be formatted to span across all columns of a text box. Spanning all columns is the default setting but you can turn it off in the Footnote Separator Style dialog.

Different Border for each side

Select a different border style on each side for all square or rectangular shaped boxes. The new frame options are added to the main measurement palette.

10 to 1000% Print Scaling

Print to device scaling is now allowed between 10% and 1000%. In previous versions, scaling was limited from 25% to 400%. Note: The output device should be supported for larger paper size to verify.

Flip Groups

Flip grouped objects in one go retaining their relative position within the group.

and more …

Add Creativity, Work Faster and Smarter.

Buy QuarkXPress 2018 Today!

QuarkXPress 2018 includes:

  • PROMO: Now including 12 professional Fontsmith typefaces worth £1,240/€1,376. Learn more!
  • QuarkXPress 2018 Perpetual License
  • Electronic software download
  • 60-day free email support
  • Access to our exclusive QuarkXPress Facebook Mastermind Group
  • Video Tutorial Series
  • Cross platform licenses (Mac/Win)
  • No subscription — you own the software

Minimum System Requirements

QuarkXPress 2017 & 2018 support the newest three operating systems from both MacOS and Windows. Full list of System Requirements for QuarkXPress 2017 and 2018.

Mac: El Capitan (OS X 10.11), Sierra (macOS 10.12), High Sierra (macOS 10.13) and Mojave (macOS 10.14)
Windows: Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (64 bit only, with latest updates)

What customers and the press say about QuarkXPress

“With version 2018 Quark takes over technical leadership among its competitors as it continues to build out functionality in several areas, including PDF generation, scripting, OpenType integration and free single-app creation for mobile devices. Not to be forgotten is the wealth of ideas of the users, with whom Quark stands in unprecedented exchange.”
Detlev Hagemann, Publisher

“The new version of QuarkXPress overtakes the competitor Adobe InDesign in some exciting areas. Version 2018 was stable and performed well in our tests. The upgrade is worth it!”
Thomas Kaltschmidt, mac&i

“Although the name Quark associates some of the antiquity of desktop publishing, QuarkXPress is still a true alternative to InDesign. This is not only due to the fact that the software has been continuously developed, but also the more attractive pricing model for small and large customers.”
Markus Linden, PAGE

“After my first attempts with QuarkXPress 2018, I’m very impressed. I feel like a kid with a big bag of miracles...especially the typographic features and the tidy UI. Equally brilliant is the conversion of PDFs into native objects - which saves me so much time! I am looking forward to the first complete production run of our magazine with QuarkXPress. Your programmers have forged a fine piece of software!”
W. Meisel

“We already use the new hyphenation strictness levels extensively in two magazines for unjustified content area such as opening credits, subheadings, captions and quotations, number and info boxes, unjustified notifications and unjustified table of contents. In this area, QuarkXPress 2018 is now even more reliable. So far there have been very few mistakes in comparison to other products. Now content can be even more efficiently hyphenated at the right place within compound words. I have also tested this with the text frame collapsed (for example, if a picture should not be two-column, but only one column and the caption is also compressed). No problem, is has worked extensively.”
T. Schürger and B. Weixler

“QuarkXPress 2018 first impression: wow fast, very fast!”
M. Parienti

“Got my update today - thank you. At first glance I’m very pleased with the speed QuarkXPress 2018 opens and the new features, including colour fonts.”
E. McCafferty

“Thank you to Quark for rolling out the new version today. :) Installation on High Sierra works like a charm. No issues seen so far.”
T. Rabenstein

“I discovered the new version – 2018 - and am excited by the new measurement panel. –It’s timesaver number 1 for me personally. I tried to generate an HTML5 Publication. The result works perfectly, elegantly and smoothly in the browser.”
J. Verlík

“After many years of using InDesign, I took another look at QuarkXPress. I don’t know why, probably because I ‘m curious…or because development of InDesign is slow and I’m tired of debugging for free while paying the rent. But what I’ve found surprised me a lot. After having put it to test for several weeks, now QuarkXPress is in my toolbox again and…well, it works way better than InDesign.”
G. Saccardo

“I just upgraded from my 1998 license of QuarkXPress 4.1 because QuarkXPress 2018 is such a strong product.”
A. McAlmont

“Our decision to switch from InDesign to QuarkXPress was based on the much simpler production of high-quality HTML5 publications.”
S. Burkhardt, publisher of the online magazine "free.aero”

“What I love most about the new version of QuarkXPress is the increased ability to convert print layouts to digital layouts (and vice versa) accurately and with ease. This, together with Quark’s unmatched typographic control and the new OpenType functionality (now also available for e-books and HTML5 publications), gives me complete flexibility to produce high-quality designs for both print and online publications. Rating 5/5.”
J. Foster

“QuarkXPress 2018 gives me a huge productivity benefit by allowing for the conversion of PDF files to editable objects. For me that’s huge. I can reuse existing PDF files and export them as high-quality PDF/X-4 for print; which can also be PDF/A compliant if that is something my customers require for archiving or accessibility. Rating 5/5.”
G. Sellars

“On an aggressive upgrade cycle, QuarkXPress 2018 responds to user requests for heavy duty features like JavaScript 8, native Android app creation, a new PDF engine and hyphenation quality - a feature much needed but nowhere previously seen. Colour fonts add fun, but, as always, it is the experience of refined power that sets QuarkXPress apart.”
M. Turner

“Designers will love the colour fonts. Think of the time it can save. Now you just type and it’s done!”
K. Lang