Price When Reviewed: 749 . 249
Pros: Includes many design-oriented features such as transparency and drop shadows, and can synchronize text and styles. Tables are improved, and QuarkXPress now offers PDF/X export.
Cons: Some features, such as multiple-layout projects and table controls, have the same limitations as in previous versions. Major new features are production-oriented and have limited use for most designers. Sluggish performance.
For several years, InDesign has been grabbing the attention of the desktop-publishing market, usurping long-time frontrunner QuarkXPress. The design community has eagerly anticipated the release of QuarkXPress 7 to see if it could re-assert itself and drive off the threat posed by Adobe’s flashy newcomer.
Sadly, XPress 7 does not represent a significant leap forward. The new release combines additions that bring the application in line with InDesign, and some still-evolving original features that target workgroups.
This strategy will disappoint many core users – particularly graphic designers at smaller firms who don’t work in large teams.