DTP software-maker Quark has revealed the QuarkXPress 7 will support Microsoft Windows Vista -- and the DTP maker is planning to deliver a free download updatein the next 30 days for existing QuarkXPress 7 customers. Quark says the move shows its continued commitment to Windows, and that QuarkXPress 7 on Windows Vista will offer users a modern, fast, feature-rich design environment.

"This important update for QuarkXPress 7 demonstrates our ongoing commitment to graphic designers and production professionals on the Windows platform," said Terry Welty, Quark senior vice president of corporate marketing. "Customers will benefit from the combined user interface enhancements of both products such as the ability to drag and drop images from the Windows Photo Gallery directly into QuarkXPress 7. In addition, users with Windows Vista will be able to take advantage of the unique new features of QuarkXPress 7 such as picture effects and Composition Zones."

"Microsoft is delighted with the announcement of QuarkXPress 7 support for Windows Vista," said Dave Wascha, director of Windows marketing for Microsoft. "With new innovations such as the Windows Colour System, XPS printer support and the Windows Imaging Components, Windows Vista is the natural choice for creative professionals. We recognize QuarkXPress 7 as a powerful tool that turns ideas into stunning output through seamless integration with Windows Vista."

QuarkAlliance developers are also testing their XTensions software for QuarkXPress 7 on Windows Vista, says Quark. The compan y reckons that many are expected to announce support for the new operating system, including Extensis, which released a Windows Vista compatible version of its popular font management solution, Suitcase, in February.

"Our testing is well underway and we're looking forward to Quark's release of QuarkXPress 7 for Windows Vista," said Martin Stein, vice president of corporate solutions for Extensis, a QuarkAlliance partner. "Extensis with QuarkXPress 7 on Windows Vista provides users with the robust design and production environment they've been seeking."

The update to QuarkXPress 7 providing support for Windows Vista will be available at euro.quark.com within the next 30-days. For more information about QuarkXPress 7 or to download a full-featured 30-day trial version, please visit euro.quark.com/en/seven.