Will QuarkXpress 10 Support Web Layouts?

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Will QuarkXpress 10 Support Web Layouts?

Post by omegaman » 05 Sep 2013, 18:31

Ian Ridpath wrote:So - the way I read this, Quark 10 is abandoning its web module. So the hundreds of pages I have struggled to create on Quark 6 to 9 will need to be remade from scratch in some other web layout app. Is that what you're saying?
That's the way I read it.
Try Goldfish 3 Mac and Windows Same license covers both versions - http://www.fishbeam.com/de/goldfish/)
or
Freeway Pro (Mac Only - http://www.softpress.com/freeway-pro/) both are great to work with if you know how to use Indesign or QuarkXPress.

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Will QuarkXpress 10 Support Web Layouts?

Post by Ian Ridpath » 06 Sep 2013, 01:26

Thanks, omegaman. I didn't know about Goldfish and will look into it. Basic web design apps, such as Freeway Express and Sandvox, don't have the sort of typographical controls I need, so I had rejected those. On the other hand, I was reluctant to spend the time learning a fully featured program such as Freeway Pro. I already knew how to use XPress so I stuck with it, even though it was clunky. Perhaps Goldfish is the answer. Either way, it's evidently the end for web design in XPress. Pity. It could have been good.

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Will QuarkXpress 10 Support Web Layouts?

Post by StephenL » 10 Sep 2013, 05:28

Ian Ridpath wrote:So - the way I read this, Quark 10 is abandoning its web module. So the hundreds of pages I have struggled to create on Quark 6 to 9 will need to be remade from scratch in some other web layout app. Is that what you're saying?

Because Quark 10 does not replace Quark 9 on your computer, you can work with both versions. Just maintain your websites with Quark 9. Most HTML 4 websites are still very viable.

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Will QuarkXpress 10 Support Web Layouts?

Post by remote » 14 Sep 2013, 23:25

Ian Ridpath wrote:Either way, it's evidently the end for web design in XPress. Pity. It could have been good.
No, it could not - certainly not with the limited resources Quark has to throw at it.
Building for the web has become ever more complex. Flash at it's time was a nice way for print designers to cheat complexity by designing for a sandbox environment (and at the same time ignoring a lot of things that make the web great in the first place: accessibility, cross-device publishing, responsive layouts, URIs).

Today, that sandbox solution is no longer feasible, as more and more people browse the web on phones or tablets or phablets.

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While most print designers would agree it is a crime to set a text book in photoshop, the same holds true for using Quark (or Indesign) to create a website. The result is a sub-standard product, created in an inefficient sub-standard workflow.

I live equally in both worlds: the print world where creating fine art exhibition catalogues and stationary print design and the web world, creating websites for galleries, museums etc. Yet, while I should be the perfect candidate for using the web layout feature, I am very happy for Quark do stop catering for it.

Treat the web with the same respect you have for beautifully crafted books - it involves time, speciality knowledge (also an understanding that the web and the print world have fundamental differences in how you design) and the right set of tools - Quark is not one of them (and never has been).

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