QuarkXPress 8 is a brave release. It marks a major change to the user interface of the venerable page-layout and design program for the Mac. The familiar interface that QuarkXPress has held to for 21 years is now more similar in style to that of Adobe’s design applications. At the same time, version 8 offers very little in the way of new features, thus making the interface change its hallmark.
According to Adobe’s research, InDesign isn’t just for print anymore; it’s now used for a wide range of projects, including those targeted to online and mobile devices. These days, customers crave easier ways to add interactivity, export documents to Flash, and create e-books, and seek streamlined techniques for the functions they use day in and day out. When you compare the new release of InDesign to these goals, the result is highly successful.