August 2018 Release Notification for Quark XML Author

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August 2018 Release Notification for Quark XML Author

Post by jaiken » 17 Aug 2018, 17:02

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."

XML Author users will see initial Smart Content schema support designed to help new projects leverage the Smart Content tooling. For more detail, please review our documentation to learn all about this exciting update!

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

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

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