QuarkXPress 2019 ships in early summer

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

2 Responses

  1. David Miller says:

    This subscription business that Quark is introducing is getting suspiciously close to the rental scheme that Adobe has put into place with their Creative Cloud setup. I realize that Quark claims that anyone can continue using their existing version of Quark even if they stop their Advantage subscription (unlike Adobe, which cuts you off from access to your files by turning off your CC applications if you stop paying monthly rent to them), but this looks like the first step towards an Adobe-style rental scheme.

    I hope that’s not the case, but I recall that Adobe originally said that they would allow customers to choose between (a) buying perpetual license upgrades or (b) signing onto their (then new) Creative Cloud rental scheme. Very quickly, though, they changed their mind and decided to allow ONLY subscriptions for their software offerings (NOTE: the only variation that Adobe allowed at the time was for their older Creative Suite 6 package to continue to be available for a few more years under a perpetual license….they ultimately killed off that option too). I fear that Quark is headed down that same road.

    Only time will tell.

    I do not particularly care for Quark’s Advantage program…I would rather just buy a simple perpetual license upgrade as I did last year for their QuarkXPress 2018 offering. But I guess the times they are a’changin and I will have to make a decision soon on what I will do so far as Quark 2019 is concerned.

    In the meantime, Affinity just today officially released their new page layout program Publisher. I already have Affinity’s Designer and Photo…I also got hold of Publisher. I am hoping that those will be worthy replacements for Adobe’s troika of Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign respectively. But I would really like to be able to hold onto QuarkXPress as well. I’ve supported Quark since Version 3.01 back in the early 90’s. It will be a shame to have to finally leave it behind.

    Perhaps Quark will end up also offering a simple perpetual license upgrade after they finally release the new Quark 2019 next month (July). But that probably won’t happen since they will want to steer everyone towards their new Advantage program.

    Quark….please don’t succumb to Adobe-itis.

  2. David Miller says:

    A follow up: today, QuarkXPress 2019 went on sale for real (I.e. not presale). I went to their site and hit the Chat button in order to ask one of their agents there whether there were any buying options that did not include one of their Advantage plans.

    Sadly, and as I expected, there are none. The ONLY way to buy QuarkXPress 2019 is to buy it under one of their Advantage plans based on 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year plan periods.

    This gives me pause as to whether I will upgrade this time around. As mentioned earlier, I’ve supported QuarkXPress since version 3.01 back in the 1990s. The upgrade streak may end this time around. I will have to give it some further thought and consideration.

    I’m afraid that Quark is taking the first step to succumbing to Adobe-itis. Hope I’m wrong.

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