Thursday, April 4, 2013

Quark issues major update to its app 'Quark DesignPad'

Quark today issued an update to its iPad design app, Quark DesignPad. The app, originally released in November, allows users to do grid-based design, then share their work via Twitter, email, or to import it into QuarkXPress for further refinement.

The app update is pretty extensive, with a long list of new features and app improvements:

What's New in Version 1.5.0
  • PDF output
  • Dropbox support
  • Air Print support
  • Shadow colors
  • New wave shapes for boxes opens up thousands of possibilities
  • Blank document button
  • Undo/Redo
  • Ability to remove watermarks
  • Nudge controls for precise placement
  • Slider stabilization technology
  • Dynamic grids that let you change grid parameters on live documents (fluid layouts)
  • Ability to remove all unwanted boxes
  • Ability to move boxes off the grid and reset them
  • Improved performance
  • Improved image placement
  • Better text controls including stroked text
  • Various bug fixes
Although the app is free, many users have complained about the app's few export features and its limitations. Today's update adds a 'Pro Feature Pack' in-app purchase option at $9.99 which unlocks many of the new features – nice if you want to spend the $$, but it won't help free users, of course.