Print Design & Publishing

The Best Professional Print Design Software Available

For more than 25 years, millions of designers have used QuarkXPress® to produce advertising, brochures, magazines, books, catalogs, newspapers, and more. Why? Because QuarkXPress offers the ultimate in creativity, design control, and professional print output.

Spectacular Print Design

QuarkXPress lets you turn your ideas into reality. It gives you precise control over text, images, shapes, color, and opacity, and it’s compatible with a broad range of file formats. No design is too simple or too complex — and no page layout software gives you more control over design.

Professional Print Output

Great design, of course, is only half of the equation. The other half is output; the final printed piece has to match what’s on the screen. To make sure that happens, QuarkXPress provides print previews, soft proofing features, comprehensive color management, and support for international color standards. QuarkXPress also includes a built-in preflighting feature (Job Jackets) that can identify potential output issues early in the design process. When your layout is ready to go, easy-to-use presets for print-ready PDFs make sure output will go without a hitch.

Things You Can Do

Marketing Materials

  • Brochures
  • Advertising
  • Posters
  • Direct Marketing
  • Postcards
  • Collateral
  • Packaging

Print Publications

  • Books and User Guides
  • Catalogs and Circulars
  • Directories and Yearbooks
  • Financial Reports
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers


Print Publications

Books and User Guides

What Customers Are Saying:

“QuarkXPress is the tool for me. Especially for 300-page, heavily illustrated books — of which I must have designed near-on 2000 or more.”
– Mark Tennent, ITPRo

Whether you’re an independent user or collaborating with a group, QuarkXPress® is a powerful tool that can help you meet your book-publishing needs.

Print and Digital

QuarkXPress can be used for creating stunning printed books, PDFs as well as eBooks for leading devices. So whether you start in print or digital, you can create layouts and repurpose content efficiently.

Easily Construct Books with Master Pages and Automatic Page Insertion

With QuarkXPress, you can easily design and update chapters, sections, and pages by placing common elements onto master pages. Then, using the design specifications you establish in your master pages, QuarkXPress automatically expands chapters to accommodate typed or imported text and assures design conformity no matter how many pages your book contains.

Plus, you can use automatic standard or custom page numbering that can be displayed in tables of contents and indexes.

Flexible or Strict Layout — The Choice is Yours

You can keep your layouts well-aligned and perfectly consistent by locking text and snapping items to a page grid based that you define. And you can create beautiful books with stunning visual elements using built-in picture, text, and illustration tools.


  • Master pages reduce repetitive tasks by managing common elements
  • Automatic page numbering lets you create automatic indexes and tables of contents
  • Job Jackets® provide continuity across documents, including styles, output options, page sizes, and more
  • Advanced design tools provide limitless options for page layout
  • Fine typography tools such as H&Js, hanging characters, and drop caps optimize text

Catalogs and Circulars

Limitless Design Flexibility

QuarkXPress® offers limitless design flexibility, to help you create compelling catalogs and circulars that promote and sell your products. You can place pictures, import or enter text, apply special effects, insert QR codes, and precisely control styling.

With third-party XTensions software, you can assure consistency between source data and your QuarkXPress layouts by maintaining a live connection to your product database. And even though the data is synchronized, the design remains fluid, creative, and flexible.

Multiple Layouts Make Versioning Easy

Often, you have to create multiple editions of a catalog or circular, for different languages, pricing models, currencies, colors, or page sizes. QuarkXPress lets you store multiple layouts in a single QuarkXPress project, and even lets you synchronize content between those layouts, thereby reducing the time spent editing and tracking changes that affect multiple editions.

Document-building Tools Save Production Time

QuarkXPress is brimming with tools that speed document production, such as style sheets, item styles, master pages, automatic page numbering, guides and grids, object-alignment tools, tables, indexes, tables of contents, and much more. It’s like having a well-stocked tool belt.

Mike Docker, Deputy Production Editor at Caterer & Hotelkeeper Magazine, said these guides involved a lot of coding at first but using Em Software’s Xdata XTension for QuarkXPress paid dividends for years afterwards.


  • Professional tools for styling text, items, pictures, and pages
  • Pictures stay with descriptive text when anchored, maintaining perfect text flow
  • Tools to position and align objects let you create well-placed and perfectly-spaced objects
  • QR Codes make it easy to bridge online and offline marketing
  • Third-party XTensions offer dynamic connections to data sources
  • Multiple layouts let you manage multiple editions of a document in the same project file
  • Composition Zones® enable collaboration within teams
  • Item styles maintain consistency and make it easy to change objects
  • Layers enable easy management of multiple language editions

Directories and Yearbooks

Automate the Publishing of Directory-style Documents

Laying out directories and yearbooks is often an exercise in repetition, with page after page of similar layouts. With QuarkXPress®, you can simplify repetitive steps — and spend more time on design — by using master pages to control and place common elements, tables to build grids containing pictures and descriptions, and style sheets for text- and item-level continuity.

QuarkXPress has advanced publishing tools that enable you to develop a master style that can be automatically applied to text on import. Newly enhanced style sheet controls further reduce the effort needed to apply text attributes to paragraphs, pages, and documents.

Consistent Style from User to User

Job Jackets® ensure that your entire workgroup stays on-point with consistent project requirements — from color to font, from page size to output, and from hyphenation and justification rules to style sheets. If your house styling rules are broken, Job Jackets can catch the error long before press time.

Indices and Tables of Content Improve Document Navigation

Creating a beautiful yearbook, directory, or catalog is only the first half of your publishing project. Once the pages are complete, you need to give the reader tools for easy navigation.

Tables of contents and indexes can make all the difference. With the Lists feature, you can use style sheets to automatically create a multi-level table of contents. The Index feature lets you tag words for inclusion in an automatically generated index.

John Catt Educational‘s 2011 publications were created using Em Software’s Xdata XTension for QuarkXPress in conjunction with databases created by consultant Roger Fuller.


  • Master pages let you control common elements from page to page and section to section
  • Style sheets can be applied to text manually or during import
  • Tables make page grids simpler and support both pictures and text
  • Job Jackets ensure that house specifications are followed
  • Automatic indexes and tables of contents improve reader navigation

Financial Reports

Tables and Advanced Tab Control Make Working with Numbers Easy

QuarkPress® makes it easy to create financial reports and other material with numeric content. You can create a table from scratch, or link to an Excel® spreadsheet and maintain the link, so that changes to the spreadsheet are automatically reflected in the layout.

Advanced table-styling controls let you alternate shaded lines, add borders, import images, import text, apply style sheets, and more. Simple and complex tables can span one or more pages, with automatic repeating headers and footers. Stand-alone tables can distribute content evenly across and down a predefined area. And you can modify table content the same way you modify other QuarkXPress content, using item styles and style sheets for quick and easy formatting.

For less-structured text, you can align text by setting and modifying tabs — even on special characters such as decimals, commas, and any other characters you choose. For precise control, select tabbed text and use the visual indicator that displays in the Tabs pane of the Measurements Palette.

Design and Layout Tools for Professional Documents

A financial report is more than just numbers. You’ll find a wealth of illustration, typography, and color-management tools in QuarkXPress, all of which help you to create professional, technically accurate, and beautiful documents, perfect for print or PDF.

Enterprise Automation

Quark Enterprise Solutions work with QuarkXPress to enable large financial organizations to fully automate the publishing of research reports, fund fact sheets, standard operating procedures, and other types of financial documents. Find out more.


  • Create stand-alone tables or link to Excel spreadsheets
  • Control formatting with item styles and style sheets
  • Use both text and pictures in tables
  • Control spacing, borders, shading, and more with table-formatting tools
  • Automatically update headers and footers for tables that span multiple pages


Professional Publishing Tools for the Designer, Writer, and Layout Artist

Creating a magazine requires a full set of tools — for the illustrator, designer, graphic artist, writer, and editor. QuarkXPress® provides all of these tools and much more. It also works seamlessly with App Studio for the creation of digital magazines.

You can create custom graphics using the advanced illustration and pen tools; edit images, layers, alpha channels, and more with picture tools; create beautiful text with hanging characters, drop caps, custom hyphenation and justification, and multilingual spell checking; and lay out long documents by creating sections and linked stories.

Shorten Your Production Cycle through Collaboration

Composition Zones® enable you and your team to divvy up the workflow — allowing different people to work on different parts of a magazine simultaneously — without chopping up documents. Share Composition Zones with local and remote users, and watch as your magazine updates while you work with the content created by your collaborators. You can also bring copywriters and reviewers directly into your magazine workflow using QuarkCopyDesk®.

You can use synchronized content to further enhance your productivity. You can create content once and then use it in multiple places, or even in multiple layouts. You can also synchronize text with or without formatting, for maximum flexibility.

Enterprise Collaboration and Automation

Quark Enterprise Solutions work with QuarkXPress to help magazine publishers consistently publish accurate information, rich design, and engaging interactive content as quickly as readers demand it. Find out more.


  • Take advantage of tools for all phases of magazine production
  • Import native text and graphics from sources such as Microsoft® Word and Photoshop®
  • Drag and drop content from your desktop to a layout
  • Create stunning text with professional-grade hyphenation, justification, hanging characters, and drop caps
  • Automate repetitive tasks with synchronized content
  • Add interactive content for online versions


Reduce the Strain of Fast-paced, Deadline-driven Newspaper Publishing

Quark® and QuarkXPress® have provided powerful tools for producing newspapers for more than 25 years. With this much experience, we’ve perfected tools to help you meet the demands of fast-paced, deadline-driven newspaper publishing. QuarkXPress also integrates seamlessly with App Studio to create digital newspapers.

Composition Zones: Take the Pain Out of Deadlines

Composition Zones® allow local and remote users to work on different parts of the same project at the same time. Designers, writers, editors, and paginators can all work on the same file simultaneously, divvying up tasks as needed. This type of collaboration helps make deadlines manageable and keeps everyone more productive.

Synchronize Content: Create Once and Use Many Times

By synchronizing content that appears in multiple places, you can eliminate a lot of repetitive work. The Synchronized Content feature is great for footers, copyrights, page-head banners, multi-component logos, illustrations, and much more. And you can synchronize text and pictures with or without formatting, depending on whether you want maximum flexibility or strict consistency.

Powerful Pagination Tools for Easy Layout

With automatic page numbering, text linking, spell checking, customizable hyphenation and justification, and multiple layouts, QuarkXPress makes the layout of even complex newspapers easy.

Enterprise Collaboration and Automation

Quark Enterprise Solutions work with QuarkXPress to help magazine publishers consistently publish accurate information, rich design, and engaging interactive content as quickly as readers demand it. Find out more.


  • Composition Zones give local and remote users simultaneous access to the same file
  • Synchronized text reduces errors in repetitive typing tasks
  • Synchronized attributes make for quick project-wide updates
  • Customizable hyphenation and justification provide for beautiful, well-fit text
  • Spell checking provided in 30 languages
  • Multiple layouts let you manage sections and inserts in a single project file
  • Create tablet and smartphone editions of your newspaper using App Studio


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