QuarkXPress Version Comparison

User Experience 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Modern, intuitive interface (macOS) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Modern, intuitive interface (Windows) No No No Yes Yes Yes n/a
Dark Theme* No No No No No Yes Yes
Trackpad gesture support* No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search in palettes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Native Cocoa Application* No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retina Display Support* No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HiDPI Display Support (Windows) No No Partial Partial Yes Yes n/a
Customize keyboard commands* No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Full Screen Experience* No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Set default tool preferences from existing objects No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Custom Color Schemes* No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Palette grouping/palette sets Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dockable palettes No Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Keyboardable measurement palette (e.g. Command+M) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resizeable measurement palette (large/small) No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vertical Measurement palette* No No No No No Yes Yes
Output/Export 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Direct PDF export (without distiller) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF Export using technology by callas & Adobe No No No No No Yes Yes
Export tagged PDF No No No No No Yes Yes
PDF/A export No No No No No Yes Yes
Pass-Through Transparency No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 Export Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Direct PDF/X-4 Export No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export layers in PDFs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export as Image No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export a book as a single PDF No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Host-based separations Deprecated No No No No No No
In-RIP separations and Composite output Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Print scaling from 10% to 1000% No No No No No Yes Yes
Color Management 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
ICC-based color management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for ICCv2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for ICCv4 No No Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes
Layout Experience 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Page size larger than 1.20m / 48" No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create custom page sizes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
8000% Zoom No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Format Painter (text) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Format Painter (item) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic Guides/Smart Guides No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Change values by cursor keys No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Layers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Layers on Master Pages No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Print Preview No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page Navigator* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Find/Change for text Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Find/Change supports breaking/non-breaking characters No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trim Preview Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create grids and set guides numerically Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Merge text boxes No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Show recent fonts No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Scale by inputting a percentage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adaptive scaling of layouts No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Relink images in Usage Dialog No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Designer-controlled Automation 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Conditional Styles Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bullets and Numbers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Callouts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ShapeMaker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ImageGrid Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Linkster Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cloner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tables (designed tables) with page wrap Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast, inline tables with page wrap No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tables Styles (for inline tables) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Footnotes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Footnotes that span columns No No No No No Yes Yes
Endnotes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cross-referencing No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Variables (print date, creation date etc.) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Variables can line-wrap No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
References No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Running headers No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Indexes and tables of contents Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
AppleScript* Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
JavaScript Support (ECMAScript 8) No No No No No Yes No
GREP styling (via JavaScript) No No No No No Yes No
Bezier and Graphics 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Bézier illustration tools Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shapemaker tools No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Transparency Blend Modes for items No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Color picker (iDropper) No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Two-color gradients Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-color gradients for axial and radial gradients No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-color gradients for rectangular and diamond gradients No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Multi-color gradients for borders (frames) and lines No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Different lines for each border of a box No No No No No Yes Yes
Convert imported AI/EPS/PDF to native objects No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create external images when converting to native objects No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Text on a path Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flip shapes horizontally and vertically No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flip groups No No No No No Yes Yes
Auto fit and fill image No No No No No Yes Yes
Fit box to image Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fit box to text No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fill box with image No No No No No Yes Yes
Space/Align Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Space/Align with key item No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Item Styles and Item Find/Change Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text and Typography 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Unicode and OpenType support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unicode v10+ support (e.g. for Indic scripts) No No No No No Yes Yes
Direct acccess to OpenType functionality (UI) No No No No No Yes Yes
Support for stylistic sets (OpenType) No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Apply multiple stylistic sets No No No No No Yes Yes
Color Font support (bitmap) No No No No No Yes Yes
Color Font support (vector) No No No No No Yes Yes
High-quality hyphenation based on Dieckmann Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
User-settable hyphenation strictness levels No No No No No Yes Yes
Built-in spellchecker (via Dieckmann) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in spellchecker via Hunspell for selected languages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Absolute leading (e.g. “10pt”) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Relative leading (e.g. “+2pt”) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auto-leading Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proportional leading (e.g. “50%”) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Font style (weight) listing No No No No No Yes Yes
Text shading No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Text framing No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Convert text to bezier curves Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stroke live text No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Glyphs palette Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Copy Textstyle Tool (eyedropper tool for text) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Span text over columns (headlines) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Split text inside a text column No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Story Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preset and customizable hanging characters Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Several baseline grids Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic column lines (rules) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Smart quotes also for single quotes No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Additional East Asian baseline grid setup options No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced character spacing; Mojigumi setup controls No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional East Asian text and typography setup controls No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Images 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Xenon Graphics Engine No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adaptive Resolution for images No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display crisp image previews of bitmap images No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display crisp image previews of PDF and AI No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Display crisp image previews of EPS No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asynchronous image preview rendering No No No No No Yes Yes
Scale images smaller than 10% and larger than 1000% No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scale images up to 5000% No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Advanced Image Control Palette No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image Editing (non-destructive) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
ICC-based batch crop, color mode and downsampling No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Transparency Blend Modes for images No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Digital Publishing 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Unified App Studio and eBook layout No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML5 Animations for apps No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HTML5 Animations for eBooks No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create tablet and smartphone apps (via App Studio) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create single iOS apps (on Desktop, at no extra charge) No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Create single Android apps (on Desktop, at no extra charge) No No No No No Yes Yes
Reflowable eBook export in ePub format Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fixed-layout eBook export in ePub format No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eBook export as Kindle (fixed layout and reflow) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Use Style Sheets to export CCS Styles for eBooks No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Justification, runaround, drop caps etc. in ePub and HTML5 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Export drop shadows as native HTML drop shadows No No No No No Yes Yes
Auto-create a table-of-content No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Create HTML5 Publications No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Create responsive HTML5 Publications No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Create offline HTML5 Publications (progressive web apps) No No No No No Yes Yes
Locally preview HTML5 Publications No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Locally preview single pages of HTML5 Publications No No No No No Yes Yes
Collaboration 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Books and Collaboration Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Add all layouts of a project to a book No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Redlining No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Job Jackets® Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Job Jackets® in XML format No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Job Jackets® can contain a default dictionary No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Auxiliary dictionary editable (XML) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import/Export hyphenation exceptions No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Composition Zones® Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Synchronized content Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import/Export 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Import PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paste objects from Illustrator or MS Office as native objects No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import/export hyphenation exceptions No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Legacy Word import (DOC) Yes Yes No No No No No
Legacy Excel import (XLS) Yes Yes No No No No No
Word import (DOCX) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Excel import (XLSX) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Native Illustrator file (AI) import Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Native Photoshop file (PSD) import Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Import footnotes/endnotes from DOCX (MS Word) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ignore footnotes/endnotes from Word Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Collect for Output across all Print layouts No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collect for Output for Digital layouts No No No No No Yes Yes
Open PDF automatically after exporting No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easily convert Print layout to fixed-layout ePub No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Easily convert Print layout to HTML5 No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Convert digital layouts to Print No No No No No Yes Yes
Convert using adaptive scaling No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Direct InDesign Import (via IDML) No No No No Beta Yes Yes
Downsave & Opening 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Downsave one version Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open legacy documents (3.1 up to 6) directly Yes Via Document Converter Via Document Converter Via Document Converter Via Document Converter Via Document Converter Via Document Converter
Open legacy documents (7 and higher) directly Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Quark Auto Updater included Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Automatic update via Apple No No No No No No Yes
Tools for accessibility support No No No No No Yes Yes
QR Code Creator No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spotlight* support (for all versions) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
QuickLook* support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for 35+ languages Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
East Asian typography support built-in No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free technical support (60 days after purchase) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Forums
Technical support plans available for purchase No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Upgrade 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Upgrade to QuarkXPress 2018 available Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes n/a No
Reduced upgrade price when upgrading to QX2018 No No No No Yes n/a No
Upgrade possible to the next major version Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Licensing 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Lifetime license Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cross-platform licensing (macOS and Windows) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Dual-activation (install on two machines) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Free license server for concurrent usage (optionally) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Substantial rebates for Charity and Edu licenses Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Platform support 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
64-bit application No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Drag and drop installation* No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Single bundle application* No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
macOS Sierra (10.12) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
macOS High Sierra (10.13) No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
macOS Mojave (10.14) No No No No No Yes Yes
Runs on 32-bit versions of Windows Yes Yes No No No No No
Windows 7 (64 bit) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Windows 8.1 (64 bit) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Windows 10 (64 bit) No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Supported on Windows 10 October 2018 Update No No No No No Yes No
Purchase options 9 10 QX2015 QX2016 QX2017 QX2018 QX2018 Pro
Available from Quark direct, via estore and authorized resellers Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Available on Mac App Store (macOS) No No No No No No Yes
*macOS feature only