Quark has timed its release of QuarkXPress 7's Universal binary update to coincide with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is taking place this week in San Francisco.

The software was released in May with great fanfare by Quark at a well-attended event in New York City, but that initial release lacked a Universal binary that runs natively on Intel-based Mac.

In an interview with Macworld, Quark senior vice president of desktop products Jürgen Kurz called the Universal release "fast as hell". The company promised to release a free Universal binary update to QuarkXPress in the summer.

With QuarkXPress 7, Quark streamlined the software's interface, added new key features such as the XML-based Job Jacket and the Composition Zone, which can include shared elements that can be farmed out to different users, and much more.

QuarkXPress 7 costs £749 plus VAT, or £249 plus VAT to upgrade. QuarkXPress 7 users can update to the 7.0.1 Universal binary version for free.