QuarkXpress 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 For Macintosh

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QuarkXpress is Desk Top Publishing (DTP) software for creating and editing WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) complex pages.  It was first released by Quark, Inc. in 1987 and is still owned and published by them.

QuarkXPress' users are designers, publishing houses and corporates who produce, for example, single page flyers, multi-media for magazines, newspapers and catalogues.

The first version of QuarkXPress was released in 1987 for the Macintosh then Microsoft Windows version (3.1) in 1992. It runs on macOS and Windows.

QuarkXPress was widely used by professional page designers, the typesetting industry, and printers in the 1990s. Mac version of 3.3 (released in 1996) was very reliable and working seamlessly with Adobe's PostScript fonts and Apple's TrueType fonts. Quark's support of AppleScript  was a key success factor for both Quark and AppleScript.

In 1989, QuarkXPress included XTensions, an application programming interface (API), which allowed other developers to create custom add-on features to the desktop application. XTensions and Adobe's Photoshop plugins, were early examples of a mainstream Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) allowing other ISVs to create software add-ons.

Although there were other competitive products like PageMaker, QuarkXPress had an estimated  ~95% market share during the 1990s. After QuarkXPress 3.3, QuarkXPress was seen as needing significant improvements and time to market was poor.

QuarkXPress provides the basic functionality of font, alignment, spacing, and colour, however,  for professional typesetting it also has functions such as kerning, curving text along a line, and ligatures. A QuarkXPress document contains text and graphics boxes,  which can be reshaped, layered, and given varying levels of transparency and text alignment (runaround). Box positioning and graphic or text positioning within a box has an accuracy of one-thousandth of an inch and colour control for printing-press standard Pantone or Hexachrome inks, and other colour-space options. Draft output can be printed on conventional desktop printers and final process color separation films in Cyan Magenta Yellow Black (CMYK) for printing-presses. QuarkXPress enables composite work-flows, both with PostScript and PDF output.


QuarkXPress 3 (1990) – First version with measurement palette and support for libraries

QuarkXPress 3.1 (1992) – First version to also support Windows

QuarkXPress 3.2 (1993) – First version to support Applescript and color management.

QuarkXPress 3.3 (1996) – First version to support PowerPC natively. First Passport Version (optional).

QuarkXPress 3.32 (1996) – Support for QuarkImmedia. This is the last version which works on Windows 3.x 

The software is from the same Business User, a Copy Centre, which had a range of Apple Macintoshes, including:  Apple Macintosh LC, Macintosh II FX, Macintosh SE/30, Quadra, PowerPC. There are multiple copies of QuarkXpress 3.1 3.2 3.3 for each of these.

Platform: Apple Macintosh 4Mb RAM  4Mb Hard disk space  Disk 3.5 

               Mac OS System 7 or greater

Application Software (AS:) Desk Top Publishing (DTP)

Version: 3.1 3.2 3.3

Platform : Apple Mac Compact
Format : Disk 3.5
Publisher : Quark
Authors :
Date : 1992
Product Code :

Related Items in the Collection:

Other Software by Quark:

Item Manufacturer Platform Format Date
QuarkXpress 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 For Macintosh Quark Apple Mac Compact Disk 3.5 1992
QuarkXpress 3.31 For Power Macintosh Quark Apple Power Macintosh CD-ROM Disk 3.5 1994
QuarkXPress 4.1 Quark Apple Power Macintosh CD-ROM 1999
QuarkXpress 4.1 Quark Apple Power Macintosh CD-ROM 1999

Information About Quark:

Item Manufacturer Date
Quark Software Inc. 1 Jan 1981




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