Quark has released the QuarkXPress 10.1 update, which it says fixes many of the issues that may have turned designers off version 10.

Last year Quark released QuarkXPress 10, which gave the venerable graphic design software a much-needed modernisation – but which for many users failed to live up to Quark’s promises.

Available for download for free today, Quark claims that it fixes the performance issues that the company’s Matthias Guenther, global director for its desktop business unit, fully admits marred their experience with the original version 10 for some users. To try to win back users who may have been disappointed by what-everyone-calls Quark 10, the company has released a trial version of 10.1 that works even if you’ve already tried version 10 (and dismissed it).

QuarkXpress 10.1 pushes the rendering of its adaptive image rendering engine – which shows images at the maximum resolution that’s appropriate for your screen to balance quality and performance. Quark 10.1 pushes this off to a separate core on your computer so it’s rendered without impacting the performance of the rest of the application.

The free update also adds new features including Dynamic Guides, higher zoom, more control over the interface colour schemes (right), the return of Books, HTML5 animations and QR code recognition.

Use the slideshow controls above and right to see more of QuarkXpress 10.1's new features.