Quark on Tuesday announced that students who acquire their desktop publishing software QuarkXPress under educational licenses can continue to use the software commercially after they've graduated. The license change is worldwide.

QuarkXPress is commonly used in graphic design and publishing courses at design schools and colleges, but its educational licensing has been restricted for use while the student remains a student, only for educational use.

Now students can use those same copies of QuarkXPress as they try to gain a foothold in the commercial world of design after they graduate. They can also use the educational copy of QuarkXPress while they're still enrolled to create commercial material.

Students can upgrade to the latest version of QuarkXPress at the commercial upgrade price, eliminating the need for them to buy a full QuarkXPress license, as well. And students can use their educational licenses for either the Mac or Windows versions of QuarkXPress.

Quark has also announced that the same license change has been made for students using Quark Interactive Designer and Quark Print Collection.