OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

OS X Yosemite: Compatibility roundup

With OS X Yosemite now available to download on your Mac, software manufacturers like Adobe and Quark are clamouring to let users know that their apps are compatible with Apple’s new OS. So we thought it was high time we rounded up all the announcements into one easy guide. 

We’ll be adding to the list as soon as we hear word from any other manufacturers regarding Yosemite support. Have we missed anything out? Let us know of any other updates in the comments below!


“Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe Creative Cloud applications for reliability, performance, and user experience when installed on Intel-based systems running Mac OS X Yosemite (version 10.10). The latest versions of all Adobe CC products are compatible. In addition to the current Photoshop CC release (2014.2), the Photoshop team has also tested Photoshop CC (14.2.1) and CS6 (13.0.6; 13.1.2) for compatibility.

“As with any new release of an operating system, there could be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, report them using the bug reporting form.” Check Adobe’s FAQs for more.


Avid have officially confirmed that Media Composer and Media Composer | Symphony Option will both work with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. However, users who are running “dual 6 core Mac Pro towers (Westmere) and the 2013 Mac Pro with a single 12 core CPU may experience performance issues with transcode, render, and playback. These degradations are typically seen with higher resolution material. The issue has been logged with Apple and [Avid] are awaiting an update.”

You’ll also need to make sure you’re running the latest builds of New Blue Titler Pro v1 and v2 in order to avoid installation errors.  These builds are available for download through Avid’s Application Manager, and details of how you’ll want things set up for a seamless installation can be found in the Media Composer | Software readme file.

You can find the readme and other key documentation over at the Avid Knowledge Base.


Enfocus PitStop 12 is also compatible with OS X Yosemite with the latest update (update 3). Users already on PitStop 12 can get the free update for PitStop Pro here, and for PitStop Server here.


Suitcase Fusion 6 is compatible with Yosemite. Universal Type Server 5 and Universal Type Client 5 are compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio Web is compatible with Yosemite. Portfolio, Portfolio Express and Portfolio Netpublish are not currently supported on Yosemite. A future release is planned to add Yosemite support.” For more info, head to Extensis’s FAQs.


Quark have released a new update, QuarkXPress 10.5, which is a free update for QuarkXPress 10 that adds official support for OS X Yosemite. It’s available here. Note: “If you are on OS X Lion, please do not install this update. This update is not compatible with Quark Publishing Platform 10.2″. When QuarkXPress 2015 is released, that will also support OS X Yosemite.

Trim Enabler

Not strictly software, but if you’re using Trim Enabler to boost your SSD performance, it’s important to note this from Cindori:

“In OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Apple has introduced a new security requirement called kext signing. (A kext is a kernel extension, or a driver, in Mac OS X). Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple. If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware that third party developers can release OS X support for.

“Since Trim Enabler works by unlocking the Trim driver for third party SSDs, this security setting prevents Trim Enabler to enable Trim on Yosemite. To continue to use Trim Enabler and continue to get Trim for your third party SSD, you first need to disable the kext signing security setting. It is important to note that the kext-signing setting is global, if you disable it you should be careful to only install system drivers from sources that you trust.”


Wacom have released new drivers for OS X Yosemite, and they’ve got a handy video and advice on installing them here.

  1. “Back up your preferences
  2. Uninstall the tablet driver, then restart your computer to empty out any residual processes
  3. Now you’re ready to install the latest tablet drivers
  4. Once the new driver is in place, click the backed up settings file to put your settings back to the way you like them
  5. Click this link for the latest Windows and OS X drivers: http://bit.ly/1tG3Cbu.”

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QuarkXPress 2015 is announced, with Quazy upgrade deals in tow

QuarkXPress 2015 is announced, with Quazy upgrade deals in tow

[UPDATE 13/02/15: Quark have now extended their promo until 25th February 2015! Dates amended below]

QuarkXPress users will be very happy to hear that Quark have just announced a brand new version due to launch in 2015. As well as a bold move from incremental version names (QuarkXPress 10) to Gregorian calendar-based titles, QuarkXPress 2015 will also have boosted 64-bit performance and add tons of new features. And as if that wasn’t temptation enough, they’re also offering two juicy deals to upgraders. Here’s the lowdown…

What’s new in QuarkXPress 2015?

The standout feature is the new 64-bit architecture. QuarkXPress 2015 can use all your RAM to deliver performance improvements across the board, from file handling and layout rendering to PDF export. They’ve been listening to users too, surveying customers on what they would most like to see in an updated QuarkXPress, then delivering.

New long document features include automatic footnotes and end notes, a much faster table tool for superior Excel integration with table styles, and text variables for automatically populating recurring fields like running headers. You can also now create HTML5 fixed-layout eBooks without any additional software or costs. The fixed-layout eBook format (ePub3 or Amazon’s KF8), displays pixel-perfect layouts without the complexity and cost of creating native apps.

What are these deals then?

Quark are offering two separate upgrade paths. Firstly, if you buy the full product or an upgrade of QuarkXPress 10 before 25th February 2015 and you’ll receive an upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015 “ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE” (Quark’s caps) when it arrives (sometime in Q1). Secondly, if you’re a current QuarkXPress 10 user, in recognition of your continued loyalty, Quark are offering you a low introductory price on pre-orders of QuarkXPress 2015 upgrades. Just £290 ex VAT!

Buy QuarkXPress 10 now and get a free upgrade to QuarkXPress 2015.

How does the upgrade work?

1. Register your licence at https://accounts.quark.com.

2. Complete the redemption form at www.quark.com/2015 in order to receive your licence of QuarkXPress 2015.

3. QuarkXPress 10 customers also need the pre-order redemption code you will find in your order confirmation from Jigsaw24.

4. Once QuarkXPress 2015 is publicly released, you will receive an email from Quark containing the QuarkXPress 2015 installation link that you will use to download QuarkXPress 2015.

The small print

Both offers expire 25th February 2015, and do not apply to educational licences or non-profit licences. The first offer is restricted to new single registered licences of QuarkXPress 10 full products and upgrades, including site/volume licences and government licences of QuarkXPress 10. The free upgrade licence of QuarkXPress 2015 will be provided as an electronic download only. This offer is not valid for any other products and cannot be used in combination with any other offer or discount and only applies to valid products purchased between 28th October 2014 and 25th February 2015. Additionally Quark will now allow upgrades from any previous version (v3 to 9) to QXP10.

System requirements

QuarkXPress 2015 requires a dual core CPU with at least 1GB available for QuarkXPress, ideally 4GB. QuarkXPress 2015 is supported on OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks and OS X Yosemite as well as on Windows 7 (64-bit only), Windows 8 (64-bit only) and Windows 8.1 (64-bit only). Please note that QuarkXPress 2015 does not run on 32-bit operating systems.

When I upgrade to QuarkXPress 10 and 2015, can I still open old documents?

You cannot open documents prior to QuarkXPress 7 with version 10 or 2015. But Quark do have a free converter application, QuarkXPress Document Converter, that opens legacy files from version 3-6 and saves them in a format that QuarkXPress 10 and 2015 can open.

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What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

What’s new in QuarkXPress 10?

Quark have just shipped the latest version of their flagship design package, QuarkXPress 10. According to Quark, it’s been “redesigned from the inside out”, giving you access to a new Xenon graphics engine, HiDPI support and a far slicker workflow. Here’s what you need to know about the key features (and the new upgrade plan).

QuarkXPress 10

QuarkXPress 10

The new features

Xenon graphics engine – The new Xenon graphics engine is intended to let you make the most of your computer’s processing power to give seamless graphics performance – think of it as their version of Adobe’s Mercury engine. The improvements you should notice include faster rendering of rich PDFs, Photoshop files and TIFF images, even if they’re not at their lowest resolution, so you can work far faster.

HiDPI and Retina display support – With Apple rolling out Retina displays left, right and centre and ultra-hi-res images becoming common across the creative industries, Quark have done us all a favour and added support for these super-smooth images in QuarkXPress 10, whether you’re working on those screens or just creating work for them.

A brand new GUI – Cleaner, clearer and with a full screen view that lets you hide even dockable palettes, QuarkXPress 10 has been designed to ensure nothing gets between you and your image.

PDF pass-through transparency – This update is designed to help you create flatter, more device-independent PDFs, so work can be shared, edited and approved by colleagues and clients on the go. Any QuarkXPress objects you add can now interact with placed PDFs, which Quark hope will help you maintain a more transparent workflow.

QR code creator – If you need to get people from a print element of your campaign to the web quickly, this is for you. QuarkXPress 10’s QR code creator lets you generate vector QR codes directly in the program, then style and colour them however you want. vCards, URLs and SMS are all supported.

Layer Enhancements – As layers are now supported in master pages, it’s far easier to make them an integral part of your design. Paste in QuarkXPress 10 also has the ability to remember layers, and automatically create new layers in your target layers if what’s there doesn’t match its memory.

Highlight missing fonts – Worried some of your text uses a missing font? QuarkXPress 10 will helpfully highlight any text that’s lost its font for you – you can even choose your own highlighting colour. Lovely.

Improved support for Japanese, Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean typography, including IMEs – Unlikely to be relevant to anyone reading this blog, but we approve of the effort. Our Thai typography could still use some work, though…

A warning to QuarkXPress 8 users: you only have until December 31st to upgrade!

After this release, Quark are amending their upgrade policy so that you can only get discounted upgrades from one version back. Anyone using QuarkXPress 8 can upgrade to 10 at the lower price until December 31st 2013, but after that you’ll have to fork out for a new full licence. This also means that you’ll only be able to upgrade to the inevitable v11 from v10, v12 from v11 and so on, so in the long term you’ll save more if you get (and stay) up to date.

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Edit any PDF in Quark with PDF2DTP

Edit any PDF in Quark with PDF2DTP

It’s one of those design nightmares – a client comes to you with a PDF and wants it amending, but you don’t have any of the original source files! Short of manually converting the PDF one page at a time or recreating the entire document (all the while mentally editing an image of your client’s head into a vicious animal attack), what can you do?

Markzware, creator of tons of plug-ins for Quark, think they have the answer with PDF2DTP. This new plug-in, or ‘XTension’, lets you easily import an entire multipage PDF into QuarkXPress 9, converting the whole thing into an editable Quark file. Then you can simply make your edits with familiar tools and export it back out to hand to your client as a new PDF.

How well does it work?

Have a look at the PDF2DTP XTension for QuarkXPress 9 in action and get the full word from Markzware in the video at the bottom. It’s already getting rave reviews from designers for its conversion speed and accuracy – Paul Ramos, a publishing professional at Difusao Cultural enthused, “PDF2DTP is fantastic! I tried it on a PDF for a book that had 524 pages, and it took less than five minutes to make the total conversion. It even isolated the images in separate files.”

Our resident Quark expert Priya Saggar reckons PDF2DTP will be a very welcome addition to designers’ toolbelts. “This is going to take a lot of tedious work out of converting PDFs to make minor edits, or quickly recovering a document when all you’ve got left is the PDF,” she said. “It does usually retail for £179 but, for a limited time, you can get it free with every QuarkXPress 9 purchase or upgrade. PDF2DTP comes as an electronic download for either Mac or Windows – all you need to do is register your Quark and fill in the online redemption form.”

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The benefits of QuarkXPress 8 for teachers and students

The benefits of QuarkXPress 8 for teachers and students

When it comes to desktop publishing, Keith Martin really knows his linking tool from his Bezier picture box. Senior lecturer in publishing at the London College of Communication, Keith has extensive experience under his belt, with a degree in graphic design and numerous books published about digital media. He also juggles the role of technical editor at MacUser magazine at the same time as teaching!

Keith has been using QuarkXPress for desktop publishing since he was at university and now teaches his own students how to use the latest version. He explains the way its logical design makes it easy to produce quality layout for anything from leaflets and posters to full-blown magazines and newspapers: “You make a box, you put a picture in it. It’s as if you are working with pieces of cut paper on a big poster-size page on a desk.”

Quark’s flexibility makes it really user-friendly according to Keith, and he says it is really easy to make Flash content without having to get involved with coding. “Today we are in a situation where, if designers want to actually work in digital output, they have to learn programming. But with QuarkXPress 8, you can actually get Flash done quickly and you don’t have to look at code, so I think it’s a great option for designers,” Keith added.

Now in its eighth version, Keith believes that QuarkXPress’s “pedigree” means it has a longevity that will see it carry on developing. He said: “Tools change, but design never does. I think the future is going to be that the software does the difficult stuff for you behind the scenes while you get on with the creative work.”

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