QuarkXPress 2016: The Better Alternative for Creative Professionals

QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the success of its predecessor, which 66% of users* rated as the best version of QuarkXPress ever. With its 64-bit architecture, QuarkXPress 2016 delivers outstanding performance across the board, from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. Add in a raft of innovative new capabilities and long requested features and you have a winning combination for creatives who only want the best.

Convert PDF, Illustrator and EPS Files to Native QuarkXPress Objects

Say goodbye to time-consuming projects (think rebuilding logos and reconstructing PDF files sent by your clients). QuarkXPress is the first layout application to import PDF, Illustrator and EPS files and convert them to native objects.? Look forward to fully editable Bezier versions of vector graphics, real text and automatically extracted colors and font information.

Copy and Paste Objects from Illustrator, PowerPoint and Others to QuarkXPress

Simply copy items from other applications such as PowerPoint, Illustrator or even InDesign and paste them into your QuarkXPress layout as Native QuarkXPress Objects?, allowing you to easily complete or reuse them up in QuarkXPress 2016.

Multi-Color Gradients

Some things are worth waiting for. With the new Multi-Color Gradients you have all the flexibility you’ve yearned for when designing color blends. Create as many color stops as you like, use sliders or numeric settings, opt for the full radial setting or set the aspect ratio. Unlike other layout software, you can even set different opacity levels for each color stop.

Export as HTML5 Publications

Building on the popularity of reflowable and fixed layout eBooks and stunning interactive apps from App Studio, QuarkXPress 2016 adds another digital output format. You can now create HTML5 Publications without any additional software and no additional digital publishing costs.‡ Just upload HTML5 Publications to your own website and show the world. HTML5 Publications displays pixel-perfect layouts on all modern desktop, tablet, and mobile browsers, providing an easy and effective online experience. With HTML5 Publications you can go beyond static print layouts to add interactive enrichments such as scrollable areas, slide shows, animations and more. Quite possibly the easiest way to share your final magazine, newspaper, comics, reports, ads and more. Even use HTML5 Publications to enable Web-based previews for your customers.

Support for OpenType Stylistic Sets

Typography lovers — it’s time to get excited. With modern digital fonts, font designers can group related alternative characters into OpenType Stylistic Sets, which may be switched on together. Stylistic Sets give users the ability to quickly apply these sets with one click. For example, Vollkorn, a free body typeface by Friedrich Althausen, provides two stylistic sets that you can easily switch between. One is a more standard “old-style” set for body text and another “plainer” stylistic set is better suited for headlines while preserving the look of the whole body text. QuarkXPress adds support for Stylistic Sets to its OpenType support and allows you to quickly make use of this powerful feature for automating typography.

XTensions Interface Consistency

If you have already invested in a publishing system or third party software that integrates with QuarkXPress 2015, there’s good news. You can continue to work with QuarkXPress 2016 without disruption. As the plug-in interface is the same between QuarkXPress 2016 and QuarkXPress 2015, your XTensions will work in the new version uninterrupted (provided the XTension does not conflict with any of the new functionality).

More Features you may not have discovered yet

If you’re on a previous version of QuarkXPress — or perhaps you just haven’t discovered these features yet — QuarkXPress 2016 also includes hundreds of features that support your workflow.

Easy to Use

  • Easy Installation and Activation

  • 64-Bit Support

  • Xenon Graphics Engine

  • HiDPI/Retina® Support

  • Streamlined, Modern, Intuitive Interface

  • Intelligent Palettes

  • Full Screen View ( Mac Only)

  • Adaptive Resolution Technology

  • Task-based Tools

  • Page Navigator

  • Libraries

  • Multiple Views

  • Learn Once for Multiple Channels

  • Drag and Drop

  • Auto-open Documents

  • Custom Shortcut Keys (Mac Only)

Powerful Design Tools

  • ShapeMaker

  • Cloner

  • Transparency and Drop Shadows

  • Illustration (Bézier/Pen) Tools

  • Clipping and Masking of Images

  • Table Creation

  • QR Code Creator

  • Advanced Image Control

  • Layers

  • Color Blends

  • Easily Create and Apply Shapes to Any Content

  • Dynamic Guides and Grids

  • Space/Align and Distribution

  • Super Step and Repeat

  • Automatic Text Runaround

  • Intelligent Scaling

  • Orthogonal Line Tool

  • Larger Page Size

  • Custom Page Sizes

  • Relink Images in Usage Dialog

  • Collect for Output Across Entire Project

  • Format Painter

  • Footnotes / Endnotes

  • New, Faster Tables Including Table Styles

Integration with Other Applications

  • Import and Manipulate Photoshop (PSD) Documents

  • Import Tables and Charts from Microsoft Excel (XLS, XLSX)

  • Import Microsoft Word Text, Style Sheets, Pictures, and Hyperllnks

  • Import Native Adobe® Illustrator® (AI) Files

  • Import, Export, and Edit Text (DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTML, XTAGS)

  • Import PDF, PDF/X, PDF/X-4 Files

  • Import Wide Range of Image Formats (EPS, GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG, PostScript, TIFF)

  • Enrich Digital Publishing Projects with Sound and Video

Layout Automation

  • Synchronize Text, Pictures, and Formatting Automatically

  • Conditional Styles

  • Callouts

  • Composition Zones®

  • ImageGrid

  • Job Jackets

  • Lists

  • Style Sheets

  • Item Find/Change

  • Item Styles

  • AppleScript

  • Master Pages

  • Indexes

  • Automatic Page Numbering

  • Integration with QuarkCopyDesk®

  • Content Variables

  • Automatic Footnotes and Endnotes

Precision Typography

  • Hanging Characters

  • Bullets and Numbering

  • Page Grids and Grid Styles

  • Linkster

  • Story Editor

  • East Asian Typography

  • Glyphs Palette

  • Convert Text to Picture and Text Boxes

  • Text on a Path

  • Professional Text Formatting

  • Create Custom Kerning Pairs and Tracking Curves

  • Special Characters

  • Placeholder Text

  • Create Custom Underline Styles

  • Unicode and OpenType Support

  • Customizable H&J (Hyphenation & Justification)


  • Font Fallback

  • Font Mapping

  • Highlight Missing Fonts

  • Hyphenation Exceptions

  • Text Find/Change

  • Custom Text Runaround

  • 38 Text Languages and Spellchecking/hyphenation in 34 Languages

Reliable Print Output

  • Job Jackets

  • Soft Proofing

  • Spot Inks (Including PANTONE® Matching System)

  • Bleed and Registration Marks

  • Configurable PDF Job Options

  • Live Print Previews

  • PDF Pass-Through Transparency

  • Reusable Output Styles

  • ICC Color Management / Support for ICCv4 Profiles

  • Overprint Control

  • Verified PDF/X-4 Output

Digital Publishing

  • Design for App Studio

  • Export Fixed Layout and Reflow ePub for iPad, Kindle and Android Devices

  • Layout Spaces

  • Synchronize Text, Pictures, and Formatting Automatically

  • Learn Once for Multiple Channels

  • Automatic Image Format Conversion

  • Convert Print to Digital Publishing Formats

  • Text-to-image Conversion


  • Export Boxes, Partial Pages or Whole Pages as Image

  • OS X File Extensions are Added to QuarkXPress Files

  • Flip Shapes Horizontally and Vertically

  • Easily Join, Extend, and Close Open Bézier Paths

  • Apply Style Sheets After Creation

  • Anchored Boxes Without Limit

  • Support for Portuguese Reformed Hyphenation & Spellcheck

  • Layout Tab Reordering

  • Set Default Tool Preferences From Existing Objects

  • View Persistent Unicode Values In the Glyphs Palette

  • Set Separate Trim View Pasteboard Color for App Studio

  • and More

QuarkXPress 2016 System Requirements


  • QuarkXPress 2016 requires a dual core CPU with at least 2 GB available for QuarkXPress, ideally 4 GB available for QuarkXPress.

  • QuarkXPress 2016 is supported on OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite and El Capitan as well as on Windows 7, 8 and 10 (all 64 bit only).

  • QuarkXPress 2016 does not run on 32 Bit operating systems.



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