Thirty years ago, Quark was founded in Denver, CO and, with QuarkXPress, revolutionized graphic design and page-layout forever. Since then Quark has helped designers, media companies, and enterprise organizations successfully navigate the transitions from print to Web publishing and from Web to digital publishing. Today, Quark celebrates the past thirty years, the evolution of publishing, and its millions of customers around the globe.
Over the years Quark has advanced publishing by introducing innovative features and functionality that have continually set the stage for the next era of publishing. Here are just a few examples:
- Quark was first to incorporate WYSIWYG postscript into desktop publishing software which replaced manual layout processes and served as the catalyst for a revolution in publishing.
- Quark was first to bring to market color separations and trapping which streamlined the process of preparing layouts for press and created an immediate return on investment.
- Quark was first to offer very granular and precise control over typography, first to introduce the accurate placement of geometries – down to a hundredth of a millimeter, and first to offer multi-ink – the ability to specify a color based on a combination of ink and apply it as a single color.
- Quark was first to integrate vector illustration tools into page layout software, allowing designers to create shaped boxes.
- Quark was the first desktop publishing software vendor to allow for third-party extensibility, allowing software developers to create XTensions for QuarkXPress based on specific use cases and sell that software independently.
- Quark was first to allow designers to create content for print, Web, interactive, and digital media from one application and with the advanced functionality of layout spaces, synchronized text, Job Jackets, and composition zones.
- Quark XML Author was the first off-the-shelf solution to let Microsoft Word users create instantly valid XML while preserving the Word user experience.
- Quark was first, with Quark Publishing System, to define the modern editorial workflow by integrating desktop publishing with a graphical user interface that encouraged collaboration and laid the groundwork for enterprise dynamic publishing.
- Quark was first, with QuarkXPress Server, to combine the server scalability and availability required by the enterprise with desktop publishing design capabilities. QuarkXPress Server was also the first underlying technology for the Web-to-print application market.
- Quark was the first publishing software provider to define and enable dynamic publishing as the process of automating the creation and delivery of content from a single source to multiple channels, including print, the Web, mobile, and digital devices.
“For 30 years Quark has been dedicated to driving innovation in publishing. Our team is proud today to continue our work to improve the entire publishing process – from content creation to delivery across any channel,” said Ray Schiavone, Quark CEO. “We are happy to thank the Quark community of designers, enterprise organizations, education establishments, government agencies, and many others who have been an integral part of our longevity.”