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  • “After many years using InDesign, I looked again at QuarkXPress. I don't know why, probably because I’m curious…or because I see the slow development of InDesign and I'm tired of debugging and paying rent. What I found surprised me a lot! After having put it to the test for several weeks, now QuarkXPress is in my toolbox again and…well, it works way better than InDesign.”
    - Gianni S.

  • “Since moving away from InDesign and switching to QuarkXPress at the beginning of the month, I went through Lynda.com and also watched videos through the QuarkXPress YouTube channel. Man what a difference! I should've made the move sooner. I am certainly not looking back. Liberated! Kudos!”

If a company told you you’d have to pay them a monthly fee or you’d lose all access to your own work and the tools you used to create that work, would you call it a good deal? Willingly entering such an arrangement seems crazy to many consumers.

Since Adobe introduced their Creative Cloud subscription model, more and more creative professionals are seeking ways to escape the ongoing payment plan. And not necessarily due to the expense of renting software. Most designers look for alternatives primarily to avoid having to pay “forever” to have access to their work and tools. Many want to own their software because it offers the freedom to open files, access work, and upgrade – all when it’s right for them.

Quark offers a perpetual license model where you own the software license you purchase.

Ready to make the switch? Prefer a fair model, where a software vendor offers you time-saving tools and productivity enhancements and you decide whether it is worth its money? Then switch to QuarkXPress!

Quark is currently offering a competitive upgrade which is a full new perpetual license. You own the software. All you need is a qualifying product, such as Adobe InDesign or Photoshop . And when switching or adding QuarkXPress to your workflow you are saving $525 on the full product price. That’s more than 50% off a new, unrestricted commercial license of QuarkXPress 2019.

Available for Mac and Win

Digital Publishing Comparison

Capability InDesign QuarkXPress
iOS Apps (for free)
Android Apps (for free)
HTML5 Publications (Progressive Web Apps)
Responsive HTML5 Web Pages (Flex Layouts)
ePub (Fixed Layout)
ePub (Reflow)
Kindle eBooks

Top 10 Reasons to Switch to QuarkXPress

As every creative professional has different preferences and a variety of projects it’s difficult to pick the areas that will be most important to everyone, but here’s our take on the reasons to switch. Feel free to check out our feature comparison though to explore your personal reasons to switch.

  1. You choose your license type
    • Perpetual – own the license “forever”
    • OR Subscription through the Mac App Store
  2. Much more intuitive user interface, less palette clutter, and faster time to results
  3. Convert any PDF or InDesign file to editable QuarkXPress objects
  4. Vastly superior digital publishing features – see comparison
  5. Non-destructive Image Editing
  6. Superior typographic controls, e.g. for kerning pairs, font tracking tables and text variables
  7. More granular design control for optical margin alignment, gradients and opacity
  8. Copy objects from InDesign & Illustrator, copy pie charts from Excel etc. and paste them as editable QuarkXPress objects
  9. Output unlimited iOS and Android Single apps for free
  10. Lower cost of ownership and with QuarkXPress Advantage and you always own the license

Still have questions or concerns? Read the frequently asked questions below where we aim to answer the most common questions about switching to QuarkXPress. If your questions are not answered below, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Questions and Answers

We believe QuarkXPress can be the center of all your creative projects. For projects where QuarkXPress isn’t the right fit, we can help you find the right tools. It’s better to select the right tools for the job than being restricted to pre-selected tools that you pay for even if you don’t use them.
You should decide for yourself which tool is the best for you. QuarkXPress offers a broad range of high-end creativity and productivity tools, some of which InDesign does not offer today or only offers elementary control. Users, who access both QuarkXPress and InDesign on a regular basis, report that QuarkXPress has a much more intuitive user interface, less clutter, and faster control via shortcut-enabled palettes. Check out the feature comparison table and the complete feature list.
PDF is the real industry standard in the graphics and design industry. It is an ISO standard, whereas neither InDesign’s file format nor QuarkXPress’ file format can be called a standard.

When it comes to print, what really matters is the ability to create high quality PDF files. Modern print companies will require you to submit a high-quality PDF/X. QuarkXPress can create PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4 and uses the same technology to ensure standards compliance that is used by Acrobat.
Surprisingly not. First, it depends what you mean by integration. If you use Adobe’s smart objects, then yes, InDesign is better integrated with Illustrator and Photoshop. However, most people need to import AI and PSD files. And here QuarkXPress offers unique functionality : QuarkXPress can import both AI and PSD and allows you to adjust blend modes of PSD layers. This is something InDesign can’t do. And you can even convert AI files into native QuarkXPress objects, allowing you to modify Bézier curves created in Illustrator as if they were originally created in QuarkXPress. Again, something InDesign can’t do; you need Illustrator for that.

And QuarkXPress’ ability to make vector objects editable is not limited to Adobe’s file formats, you can also make other objects editable, such as PDF files, objects from Microsoft Office, Corel and Affinity.
High-level? Maybe. If you care about detail and control, QuarkXPress gives you more. One of the biggest strengths of QuarkXPress is control over typography. For example, QuarkXPress has the unmatched ability to apply horizontal AND vertical kerning that allows you to edit kerning pairs of a font. Or think about optical margin alignment. InDesign offers you automation but what Adobe thinks is best. With QuarkXPress, you create the rules as to how QuarkXPress should align characters at the margin. It’s automation but controlled by you. Need variables? In InDesign variables do not line wrap, meaning when they come to the end of a line and do not fit, InDesign will automatically kern them, up to being illegible. QuarkXPress just line wraps variables, as if they were normal text.

With QuarkXPress we even added new typography features, e.g. proportional leading and text shading. Try the new text shading feature which offers you typographic possibilities not seen before in layout applications.
You will be surprised, you can do more in your layout application when you use QuarkXPress. Sure, for specialist tasks you will need special tools and there are many high-quality tools available. However, for many of your daily tasks, QuarkXPress doesn’t require you to switch to another tool:
  • Need to adjust contrast of an image or apply sharpening just before output? You can do that in QuarkXPress. Fast, modern, non-destructive.
  • Need to adjust a logo or an illustration? Create from scratch with powerful Bézier tools in QuarkXPress or import an AI, EPS or PDF file with vectors and convert it to editable vector objects in QuarkXPress.
You can either copy and paste InDesign objects into QuarkXPress and continue working there – QuarkXPress keeps text as text and makes vector objects editable. Or you import the PDF file created by InDesign and make it editable. Additionally, you can convert InDesign IDML files directly into editable QuarkXPress objects that retain attributes such as style sheet names and master pages.
Here are some high-quality tools that we can recommend:
  • Photo Editing: Affinity Photo, Acorn
  • Illustration: CorelDraw (Windows only), Gravit Designer
  • PDF Editor: callas pdfToolbox
  • RAW Developer - Capture One
  • Video Editing: Da Vinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut
  • HTML Editor: BlueGriffon, PineGrow
  • HTML Creation, Animations: Hype
  • Prototyping: Sketch
  • Visual effects, title editor: Apple Motion, Blackmagic Fusion
Yes. With QuarkXPress , you can create single apps for iOS and Android devices, directly from your desktop without paying Quark anything additional. You can create eBooks in ePub and Kindle format, directly out of QuarkXPress. And if you need to create HTML experiences, in flipbook or publication-like styles, then HTML5 Publications allow you to simply convert print layouts to HTML5 with stunning interactivity such as animations, slideshows, audio and video. And of course, HTML5 Publications are also adaptive to different device sizes. Best of all, HTML5 Publications export to your desktop which means you own the HTML5 and can use it on any standard Web server. Coming Soon: With QuarkXPress , you will be able to create fully responsive HTML5 Web pages using the new Flex Layout Space. Find out more here.
CS6 runs well on Windows 10 and macOS Sierra. And it will continue to run, even if you purchase the competitive upgrade to QuarkXPress . So feel free to continue to use Creative Suite. However we are sure that as the digital world and QuarkXPress continue to evolve, at some point you may not need Creative Suite anymore.
We are here to help. Get access to our exclusive QuarkXPress Mastermind Facebook Group where users, experts, and Quark support answer almost every question. Watch the free tutorials and see how easy and intuitive QuarkXPress can be used even to accomplish complex design projects. Also for advanced designers you can follow publishing expert and book author Martin Turner who releases one free training video per week or try out Lynda.com QuarkXPress Essential Training (10-day free trial available). Technical questions will be answered in our forums or in very special cases use our technical support (first 60-days are free after purchase, then you can purchase support tickets if needed).
To help you make the decision we offer you direct access to a free 7-day trial version. Simply fill out the form here and you will hear from us soon.
It is called the Competitive Upgrade to QuarkXPress . Anyone who can prove he/she has a qualifying product (InDesign or Microsoft Publisher) can get a new full perpetual QuarkXPress license starting at $450 (instead of $975). All versions of qualifying products are accepted, perpetual and rental schemes, also all license types (education, non-profit, commercial). What’s more, the Competitive Upgrade includes 12 months of QuarkXPress Advantage giving you all upgrades in that period, unlimited technical support and other exclusive benefits.

Learn more about QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress is graphic design and page layout software used by hundreds of thousands of users around the world who value quality and performance in their daily production of print and digital products. Built on a 64-bit architecture with uniquely innovative features, QuarkXPress has surpassed the competition as the most modern and efficient design software on the market today. Learn more about QuarkXPress 2019, the next new version of QuarkXPress.

How does it work?

  1. Make sure you own a qualifying competitive product which must be registered in your name.
  2. Scan the invoice or take a screenshot of that software (including serial number) on your computer.
  3. Purchase the QuarkXPress 2019 Competitive Upgrade (this will be a new full commercial perpetual license, ESD download only, upgradeable) through our eStore, Direct Sales Team or an Authorized Reseller.

  • When purchasing through our direct sales team you will be asked to email the proof. A Quark sales rep will validate your information and once accepted provide you with the validation code and installation instructions to get QuarkXPress 2019 installed.
  • When purchasing through the Quark eStore or a reseller you will need to visit identit-e.com/quarkupgrade and upload your proof here. The platform will validate your information and once accepted e-identity will provide you with the validation code and installation instructions to get QuarkXPress 2019 activated.

Minimum System Requirements

Mac: macOS® 10.12.6 (Sierra), macOS® 10.13.6 (High Sierra), macOS® 10.14.6 (Mojave) and macOS® 10.15.1 (Catalina)
Windows: Windows 8.1 and 10 (64 bit only, with latest updates)