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August 2018 Release Notification for Enterprise

Posted: 17 Aug 2018, 17:00
by jaiken
Celebrate the harvest season with our August 2018 enterprise update coming soon! Active enterprise customers and partners can already access the pre-release.

Consistent with our ongoing obsession to respond to our customers' requests for new features and fixes, this enterprise product release brings about some advances to usability and output accessibility. 

We are also proud to announce a brand new toolkit focused on accelerating speed to value:
  • Smart Content Designer - this first release helps designers apply styles to enterprise publishing templates using the world-class layout power of QuarkXPress. Define new styles for enterprise document models, preview results, and drive new capabilities for personalization using metadata conditions.
  • Smart Content Builder - this public beta version allows information architects to rapidly build new content types in Quark Publishing Platform. Build new models with a user interface and enjoy the benefits of Smart Content, all without needing to know XML schema syntax.
The Smart Content Toolkit provides a UI-driven approach to tasks which used to require code development. The new tools reduce the need for developer skill sets by simplifying content modeling and stylesheet development. This helps increase project velocity. Quark CTO Dave White says "the new Smart Content Toolkit accelerates the path to results by a time-order of magnitude: what used to take months can be done in a week, what used to take weeks can be done in days, and what used to take days can be done in hours."

See below for additional features which enhance business users' ability to efficiently collaborate on content production and quality in Quark Author. August 2018 also provides accessible PDF output, alternative text to enhance image accessibility, and full compatibility with the recent QuarkXPress 2018 update. XML Author users will see initial Smart Content schema support designed to help new projects leverage the Smart Content tooling. 

August 2018 highlights appear below. For more detail, please review our documentation to learn all about this exciting update!

Quark Publishing Platform
  • Publishing enhancements - this release delivers configuration options to generate XMP metadata properties in PDF output, tagged PDF to provide greater accessibility, and new publishing channels to help support UI-driven templates produced in Smart Content Designer; there's also a set of new publishing channels designed to assist XSLT-savvy developers with a powerful approach to more easily map content to QuarkXPress styles---see our SDK for details
  • API enhancements - this release provides new, optional API parameters to publish a specific asset version and its entire tree of referenced assets
  • Infrastructure modernization - this release includes Oracle 12c database support and updates to the CKEditor, SQL Server JDBC Driver, and PDF Box libraries to maintain currency and improve quality

QuarkXPress Server
  • Compatibility with QuarkXPress 2018 - QuarkXPress 14.x earned accolades for its many new features and enhancements which drive enterprise formatting power like spanning footnotes across multiple columns
  • Accessibility enhancements - generate tagged PDF output and alternative text for images using the new PDF engine and URL parameters in this release, a significant milestone for content produced by Quark technology
  • XMP metadata in PDF output - generate Title, Author, Subject, and Keyword fields more easily to help enrich content consumption and retrieval

Quark Author Web Edition
  • Proofing tools - produce better quality content in over 48 languages using an all-new, high-performing spell checker and grammar checker which boosts authoring efficiency and provides greater control at no additional cost
  • Tokenization framework - add rich authoring experiences for semantic tagging, cognitive recommender services, and more leveraging a new extensibility framework
  • Collaboration enhancements - we gathered feedback from everyday users to provide a better overall user experience for teams producing content:
    • Righthand Changes and Foot Notes panes auto-scroll to match the canvas cursor position
    • Comments in the canvas can be shown or hidden
    • Comments can be navigated using Previous/Next buttons
    • New comments appear in context in the Changes pane
    • Clicking in any comment, tracked change, or reference note will auto-select the appropriate item in the Changes or Foot Notes pane when the associated pane is visible
    • Accepting/rejecting changes now includes an option under the Review tab to automatically move to the next change
    • Configuration options help minimize time/date information in comment tool tips
  • Usability enhancements - we took time to further improve the authoring experience based on customer feedback:
    • Added support for copy/paste of reference note and metadata content across multiple documents visible in separate tabs of the same Web browser
    • Made it easier to add new values to domain attributes at check-in or via the Properties pane
    • Added a configuration option to hide all region types in the paragraph combo box (visible by default)

Quark XML Author
  • Usability enhancements
    • Authoring efficiency - we added two features related to authoring consistency to help business users stay compliant with departmental style guidelines:
      • We added support for managing case changes to text content; with a single click, characters can now be set to UPPER CASE, lower case, Camel Case, or Sentence case
      • Support has also been added to maintain Microsoft Word preferences for managing smart quotes
    • Speed - always a welcome benefit, we added these performance enhancements to the Business Documents configuration:
      • MS Word Reviewer for XML Author export performance has been improved by 50-90% depending on the number of parallel reviewers & content complexity
      • When saving or checking-in documents, the document update is limited to modified components and delivered in parallel, significantly enhancing everyday user performance
  • Smart Content Schema support - Leveraging the arbitrary schema support in XML Author, August 2018 includes the first-ever release of Smart Content Schema, a feature designed to enable benefits of the new Smart Content Toolkit for net new projects

Microsoft Office and Quark XML Author Adapters
  • Microsoft Office Adapters compatibility update - Adapters software is compatible with the latest Platform version
  • XML Author Adapters compatibility update - Adapters software is compatible with the latest Platform and XML Author versions
    • Performance - this release adds improvements when opening and saving documents
    • Smart Content support - initial support for the Smart Content schema helps net new projects use the new Smart Content Toolkit

Platform XTensions for QuarkXPress and QuarkCopyDesk
  • Compatibility update - Platform XTensions for QuarkXPress and QuarkCopyDesk features are now compatible with the latest version of QuarkXPress 2018
  • Smart Content Toolkit Update - in response to feedback from our beta testing team, we have produced a Smart Content XTension to simplify installation for the new toolkit
  • Platform Client Update - Smart Content Designer is packaged with Platform Clients to simplify installation, because we want all customers to enjoy the benefits of the new tooling

  • Deprecated database version - as announced during the March 2018 Update, the Oracle Database 11gR2 is no longer supported.
  • Deprecation plan - in a future software release, we intend to deprecate the current set of publishing channels in favor of the modular, more extensible, and easier to use model designated by the "Ex" suffix.
  • Updates have been made to the 3rd party software list shipped with the software.
  • Older enterprise products are nearing end of life for support, so please check our Knowledge Base and kick off your upgrade plan!

How to learn more?
For a complete breakdown of what’s new in this release or for any other questions, please contact your support representative by visiting

See our full documentation set, available here:

We'd love to hear your feedback. Please start a conversation here on our Enterprise forums!

Jason Aiken
Sr. Product Manager, Quark Enterprise Solutions