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Quark Shows More of QuarkXPress 6

Tables, Web output highlighted in latest previews By Dave Nagel
Quark has unveiled another round of feature previews for the forthcoming release of QuarkXPress 6. While the company still has not announced a ship date for the new version--which will be the first release for Mac OS X--screenshots on the company's Web site show a functional version with a number of new features in place.

This time around, Quark is showing off workflow features of the new version, although additional preview material also shows some features that were not revealed earlier this month. For workflow, QuarkXPress 6 will include the ability to share attributes and information between projects using a feature called "layout spaces." With this feature, documents are defined as projects, which include a collection of layouts, including variations on a single layout, Web layouts, etc. With this method, each layout can share attributes like style sheets, colors, hyphenation settings and other parameters.

This feature will also include synchronized content for sharing text between layouts within a QuarkXPress project. This will allow users to edit in one layout while the text is updated in all other layouts in the project.

QuarkXPress 6 will also offer "easier to use" tables, including the ability to control the flow of content by linking tables or text cells. Text cells will include copyfitting and archiving functionality, and cells can be converted to a group of boxes that can then be moved, reshaped, rotated, etc. Users will also be able to define tabbing order and apply a color of "none" to cells for placing tables over graphics.

QuarkXPress 6 previews are available so far in three parts:

Click on any of the links above to view more information, including screen shots and system requirements.

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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