Quark Xpress

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It's the industry standard

More people use QuarkXPress® for creative design and page layout than any other software in the world. Period. Millions of users are now discovering the power of the new QuarkXPress, the most important QuarkXPress upgrade ever.

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Inspired by the designer’s passion for perfection, QuarkXPress® complements the way creative professionals work. Strive to do better and constantly improve — employ page-layout and design software developed to help get you there.



Available for 7, 8, 9.

This configurator drives QuarkXPress (or QuarkXPress Passport). It is a processor that allows saving a QuarkXPress job to PostScript or EPS. In addition it supports executing a custom AppleScript in QuarkXPress, which allows automating most of the application's functionality from within Switch. (Unfortunately QuarkXPress doesn't allow saving to PDF under remote control.) The configurator supports incoming job folders in addition to individual files. In case of a job folder, the configurator expects that the folder contains a single QuarkXPress file on its topmost level, and that all resources referred to from within the QuarkXPress file reside in the job folder or in one of its (nested) subfolders. The Collect for Output... function in the QuarkXPress File menu produces a folder that conforms to these requirements.

Mac only.

Example flows

Convert native layout documents to print-ready PDF files

Many production companies in graphic arts receive native page layout and illustration files from applications such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or even MS Word. Often these native-application files need to be converted to PDF for print production, distribution or other processes.

With this solution, Switch offers a single automated process where the native documents are automatically sorted to the right native application and a PDF file is produced serving a specific usage such as offset or digital printing (depending on the selected settings). As MS Word is not capable to create a print-ready PDF, PitStop Server is used to clean up the file ensuring black does not appear on all 4 plates, RGB images are correctly converted to CMYK, etc. 

In short, native jobs turn into print ready PDFs automatically and if there are any unsolvable problems detected, the final Preflight will stop the file from going directly into print.