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What Is QuarkXPress?

QuarkXPress is a desktop publishing and page layout software, with integrated capabilities for refining graphics and illustrations, non-destructive photo editing and digital publishing.

Who Uses QuarkXPress?

Content design and desktop publishing software. QuarkXPress has plans for individuals, small businesses, enterprise, non-profit organizations, teachers and students.

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Reviews of QuarkXPress

Average score

Overall
4.2
Ease of Use
4.0
Customer Service
3.6
Features
4.1
Value for Money
3.7

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Melanie
Melanie
Content Specialist in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

My Go to Print Layout Choice For Years

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: I've been using Quark for so long now that I find it hard to imagine using anything else. At a client's encouragement - and because they owned the software - I did try Scribus but for me it just did not have the same feel or great function that Quark has so after a few hours experimentation I politley delined to keep using it and went back to what I know (and achived excatly what they were looking for anyway)

Pros:

Since I first used this software in college (which was more than a while ago) although it has changed and evolved in my opinion it has never stopped being the best layout creation tool there is. I've used it over the years professionally across all kinds of projects and niches and even personally to create materials for the kids' soccer teams etc. And customer service always has been truly top notch, something that is increasingly rare these days.

Cons:

The newer Adobe integrations can be annoying and for my purposes not that helpful. Yes, there are days when I wish it had never happened but not to the point that I will actively go looking for something else as an alternative.

Aleksandar
Aleksandar
CEO in Serbia
Verified LinkedIn User
Media Production, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Old-timer in prepress industry with interactive make-up

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: In general I am satisfied. It works very stabile. Output - pdf output - is perfect for prepress, HTML5 site of publication is excellent and work as soon as you drop it on ftp server.

Pros:

If you work on book, or you need HTML5 or android/iPhone version of your publication, without additional costs, choose QuarkXPress. In one program you can do everything you need to satisfy your publishing needs. But, if you need more "artistic" look of your publication, Adobe and Affinity suites, even Corel, are better solutions.

Cons:

It is slow as slow as you hardisk, not your CPU or graphic card. QuarkXPress use too many time more hd than memory cache. Second "least" is price, and it cost too much, and there are no upgrade for 50% or more offs.

Russell
Russell
HR Compliance Analyst in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Banking, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Quark is bittersweet but can’t compete with Indesign

3.0 5 years ago

Comments: I’ve used quarkxpress for over ten years, longer than any other single piece of software. I converted to indesign kicking and screaming because of how different the workflow was because I was so picky. If you’re just starting out, I’d suggest you look at indesign. If you’re picking up someone else’s work, you can almost everything indesign can do quark can do too.

Pros:

After Apple’s Pages application, it is the easiest and simplest major print design software out there that you can use fairly intuitively if you’ve used a computer graphics program before. Just watching some tutorials online you can easily edit other people’s work fairly easily without much training. The second best feature of quark is the powerful xtentions that exist out there on the market. Other programs had this too but quark was the first to do this. Xtentions really streamlined and automated a lot of repetitive design tasks like updating prices and phone numbers (xcatalog).

Cons:

It lacks full transparency gradients and doesn’t have adequate photo layering capabilities like opacities and layer modes. It also lacks a wysiwyg font menu so you can’t see they style of the font you’re using until you select it and enter some type. Quark is also a bit unstable at times. Prone to crashes.

David
Art Director in US
Printing, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Great program for page layout

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Overall, I really like using Quark for text input. It is a much more enjoyable experience than inputting text in either Illustrator or InDesign. It certainly blows programs such as Microsoft Word out of the water. It does suffer when you have to move to packaging design and layout.

Pros:

I like that Quark allows you precision control over text input in documents. It is especially useful in art projects that are text intensive. I like it best for direction labels, books, pamphlets, magazines etc.

Cons:

I don't find that Quark is near as useful for laying out package design projects. It suffers when compared to Adobe Illustrator for setting up art for boxes, product logo labels or flexible packaging of various types (multi-wall bags, form and fill bags, pouches, etc.). It just is not functional for package design and I have found it is limited in its post script adaptability.

Quark Software Response

2 years ago

Thank you! Your review is much appreciated!

Loren
Web Designer in US
Graphic Design Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Why I chose QuarkXpress

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: At first it took me a while to get used to the software, but after a while i got the hang of it after a few tutorials and projects i don't use any other.

Pros:

At first it took me a while to get used to the software, but after a while i got the hang of it. the workspace layout is great. It also has a lot of functions and tools to use.

Cons:

I really have no cons as of yet. So far i love this software its my go to for all flyers, cards, brochures, and model comp cards.

Quark Software Response

2 years ago

Thanks for your review. Your review is appreciated!

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