QuarkXPress Pricing Plan & Cost Guide

QuarkXPress

QuarkXPress is the world's most powerful page layout and dig

4.2/5 (69 reviews)

QuarkXPress Pricing

Starting from: $474.00/year

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

QuarkXPress offers a 7-day free trial, after which the software is available across different pricing plans, as outlined below:

New/Upgrade -
• 1 Year Advantage: $474
• 2 Years Advantage: $750
• 3 Years Advantage: $954

Advantage Renewal -
• 1 Year Advantage: $354
• 2 Year Advantage: $671
• 3 Year Advantage: $880

Student License -
• 1 Year Advantage: $114
• 2 Year Advantage: $180
• 3 Year Advantage: $246

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QuarkXPress Pricing Reviews

Pros

  • There is also an online community behind this software that is wonderful and can usually get you where you want to go if you need help.Chadsey L.Read the full review
  • Its really gotten a lot better then its early days and really has started to be just as good for printed materials then adobes creative suite.Stephen R.Read the full review
  • Quark not being a subscription based media creation software is the bee's knees. And the ability and power of all the software can do for the price is pretty great.Chadsey L.Read the full review

Cons

  • It was intimidating and frustrating and, at the time, only a mac program. I desperately tried to convert as many files as I could to Adobe InDesign because I was more comfortable on the pc platform.Kathleen M.Read the full review
  • This software is showing its age, with an increasingly obvious lack of features, and trouble with Windows 10 compatibility.Adrian L.Read the full review
  • It will sometimes lock up and close out on its own, losing any unsaved changes.Verified ReviewerRead the full review
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14 reviewers had the following to say about QuarkXPress 's pricing:

Anonymous

I've used this product for years and love the ease of designing with it.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-06-05
Review Source: Capterra

I can create my design projects just the way I want them to be because it offers many options and is easy to use.

Pros
The many options it offers for layout, working with type and images. I love the Collect for Output, get's everything in one place. Resizing pages when needed, the gradations, the HTML options are great. I have found Quark much easier to use than InDesign.

Cons
I'd have to say the cost, it's expensive for a stand-alone product. Because of the high price I am very slow to upgrade to newer version. Which makes for a bigger learning curve when I do upgrade.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Julian E.

Does what it says on the Tin and more

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-08
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Ease of use, simplistic when you get used to the software, Great features for extended use, Really like this software

Cons
Not too many Cons really, when it does what I want it to do. Maybe the price, but then for so many features - These things cost money

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Stephen R.

I use quarkxpress to do most of our printed materials for our small design firm. Its really descent

Used monthly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-04-24
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Its really gotten a lot better then its early days and really has started to be just as good for printed materials then adobes creative suite. Its price point makes it a no brainer!!!

Cons
Its only downfall is its not as diverse as adobes products. Adobes catalogs doesnt cater to print as much as quarkxpress but quark also doesnt offer a solid number. One software for a do it all creative punch.

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Thomas G.

QuarkXPress -- Behind the Times

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2020-05-06
Review Source: Capterra

I've used it on and off for over twenty years now. It's ease of use made it the industry standard back in the day, but it's been eclipsed by Adobe and the excellent integration of their multiple software products. And Adobe was always very flexible with pricing -- Quark would never budge on price, and many corporate users chose to jump ship and go with upstart Adobe, which has proven to be a fortuitous move in the design and production industry. I still use it periodically -- there's always that dinosaur client who refuses to move into the twenty-first century. Too bad, Quark!

Pros
Not Much. QuarkXPress USED TO BE the industry standard in page layout programs. That is no longer the case.

Cons
Everything. It's totally behind the times when compared to Adobe InDesign. And it's overpriced as well.

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Likelihood to recommend: 0/10

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Ale R.

We use it this product for years but we have to switch

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-02-25
Review Source: Capterra

Amazing we use it for years, but we have to change to more modern product can solve the current workflow of digital/print media

Pros
Quarkxpress was the standart for printing. we really love it, we use it for make books, and magazines. Is relative easy to use (not easy but kind that) and get results. If you go for make prints books, is amazing... but if you work in print and digital media... well is gonna be a pain.

Cons
The big issue is QuarkXPress dont adapt to the "new standards", like make books for prints and digitals with all the formats (epub, kdp, and other) for all the markets. So you have remake the book for digital, other products save that more time because offer a solution to that problem Also the pricing is very expensive, they should try to find another model In the last 5-10 years they lost the market because of that. I hope QuarkXPress get it because we love it

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Chadsey L.

I wish it were like it used to be, simple...reliable...the best.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-01-20
Review Source: Capterra

Good sleep, less stress, a peaceful work week..... Oh I thought you said benefits from using this software.

Pros
First, their customer support for this product is incredible. Hands down some of the best people working with this company, and knowledgable. There is also an online community behind this software that is wonderful and can usually get you where you want to go if you need help. Also the facebook group continues to grow and thrive and the company is pretty involved with keeping the quark world up to date on progress and resources. Ok the software is pretty wonderful and through the years we continue to choose Quark for book/media publishing over other products that we use more frequently day to day with other media because Quark just has always gotten the job done and done well. That still is the case for a couple specific purposes, like brochure and booklet printing, we use Quark for because most of the tools throughout the years have remained the same. And they make simple what other products cause hair-loss over. Quark not being a subscription based media creation software is the bee's knees!! And the ability and power of all the software can do for the price is pretty great!!

Cons
Over the years, they have tried to do too much in too little of time to compete but they have failed short. In the past Quark was an incredible software and the value was through the roof, but sadly that is not the case anymore. Focusing on becoming a software for producing cross-platform media and new media has taken away from their bread and butter of being the go to software for book and print media publishing over the years. The tools available, advancements and attention to their original staples of print publishing have lacked. PDFs are an area serious attention needs to be given, without having to purchase or use 3rd party integrations. Yearly updates should not have to be purchased or at least discounted much more significantly, especially considering the incompatibility of working between different years of Quark. Saving to a previous version is a must, that I which would come back, without expensive 3rd party software.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Quark Publishing is a Standard

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-05-01
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, my experience with Quark was super and the program is a high quality desktop publishing program.

Pros
I have used Quark since the very early versions and have seen it evolve with the publishing needs and trends. Image placement was always the strong point in my opinion.

Cons
I would have to say the cost because a bit of a hurdle.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Anonymous

Quirky Quark

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-05-13
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
Robust page layout platform, lots of features and very versatile.

Cons
EXPENSIVE and not friendly with any other software. Import from other formats can be virtually impossible.

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Likelihood to recommend: 6/10

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Samantha M.

Quark is just like Adobe InDesign with less bells and whistles, and is a little harder to use.

Used occasionally for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-03-14
Review Source: Capterra

I was able to easily create text-only programs for events that my work was putting on. It was super easy for basic projects.

Pros
I used it in college, and it was a great beginner tool for learning how to do page layouts, and is relatively cost efficient.

Cons
It doesn't integrate well with other software, and it falls short on the graphical layout side. Only ended up using it for text only event programs.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Russell K.

Quark is bittersweet but can’t compete with Indesign

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2018-12-04
Review Source: Capterra

I’ve used quarkxpress for over ten years, longer than any other single piece of software. I converted to indesign kicking and screaming because of how different the workflow was because I was so picky. If you’re just starting out, I’d suggest you look at indesign. If you’re picking up someone else’s work, you can almost everything indesign can do quark can do too.

Pros
After Apple’s Pages application, it is the easiest and simplest major print design software out there that you can use fairly intuitively if you’ve used a computer graphics program before. Just watching some tutorials online you can easily edit other people’s work fairly easily without much training. The second best feature of quark is the powerful xtentions that exist out there on the market. Other programs had this too but quark was the first to do this. Xtentions really streamlined and automated a lot of repetitive design tasks like updating prices and phone numbers (xcatalog).

Cons
It lacks full transparency gradients and doesn’t have adequate photo layering capabilities like opacities and layer modes. It also lacks a wysiwyg font menu so you can’t see they style of the font you’re using until you select it and enter some type. Quark is also a bit unstable at times. Prone to crashes.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Sharon B.

Makes my job easy

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-24
Review Source: Capterra

I started with Quark Xpress back in the the late 1980's with a box of floppies. Took two hours to install on a Mac Classic. I had no instructions, just the box and the computer. My boss had traded it from a design company that owned him money. So, I am self-taught. But, I have been a faithful user ever since. I have work at print shops, newspapers all over the country and all have used Quark. I actually got fired from a job designing magazines because I wouldn't change over to InDesign when they decided it was a better program. So, I went out on my own, and never looked back. Here we are Quark 2019, 30 years later, not quite so simple to use, but still the best typesetting software available.

Pros
I use Quark in design magazine daily. And it's so easy to set up templates for any job I am gettin ready to do. And I can import InDesign files, pdf, and most other files into my program.

Cons
Cost is getting a little out of hand. Seems like each year they are wanting me to pay so I can get an upgrade.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Robert W.

A robust alternative to InDesign

Used monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-07-17
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I've been around forever, so I still use Quark Xpress alongside Adobe InDesign. Quark has a lot of nice features, including some that InDesign doesn't have, such as publishing to HTML5. It's easy to use. It does not require an annual subscription but the frequent (annual) upgrades do cost.

Cons
When I first got this software the registration process was laborious and the customer support was terrible. Quark is not as powerful as InDesign but, for me, is easier to use.

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Likelihood to recommend: 5/10

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Jonathan H.

Some nice features, but lacking many. Rickety user experience

Used daily for less than 6 months
Reviewed 2019-01-14
Review Source: Capterra

We were able to get our project done (a technical user manual). QuarkXPress had the features we needed to get the job done, but some of QuarkXPress's limitations negatively impacted the end product. As a former InDesign user, InDesign has all the features that QuarkXPress has, plus more options and control. The QuarkXPress interface is buggy and frankly feels unfinished. I am shocked that a software that began in the 80s and dominated the market at one point is so low quality. I've used freeware that felt more polished and reliable.

Pros
Nice abstraction features like paragraph and character styles so you can change a style once and QuarkXPress updates your whole document. Master pages are very useful for streamlining the creation of a large document (we used it to automatically show chapter headings on every page of a user manual). 60 days of free tech support is a nice perk.

Cons
Design flaws in software are a constant obstacle. Can't open multiple projects at once, makes transferring things to a new project a huge pain. Table of contents automation lacks customization. Scrolling on a page with 15-20 elements is slow on a modern computer. I call customer support asking for help to get Table styles to work, and they respond that Table styles just don't work on some tables and I have to live with it. User interface hides itself when window is out of focus for no reason, infuriating when trying to follow a tutorial in a web browser. Undo operations frequently crash the program. Anytime you click on one of the palettes in the side bar, the whole user interface goes into a mini-seizure and flashes light and dark. Exporting PDF has no progress bar, the software just goes "not responding" for 10-20 minutes so you have no idea how long you will have to wait. The support community is sparse and their help forum confirmation email didn't send even after requesting new ones, so I wasn't able to join and ask questions.

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Likelihood to recommend: 2/10

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Simon F.

Still number one in my opinion

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-03-15
Review Source: Capterra

Having used Quark since version 3, (that's early 90's on a IIx) I've grown up with it. Does pretty much everything I need it to do as a final platform for print. It's ease of use and the fact they haven't diddled around too much with its core functionality is a blessing. Never had any problems with getting work printed using Quark. Over the years I've used multiple platforms, individually and combined, in designing specifically for print. Have used Indesign. It's OK, but see no reason to change. Try to avoid subscription software these days. Now use Affinity Photo and Draw in place of Adobe stuff which quark works with without issue.

Pros
Does everything I need it to do in design for print. Accurate, fast, reliable and a very powerful bit of kit and that's all that matters in my book.

Cons
Not many. The tables function could be a bit more friendly regarding basic editing. Updates are a bit expensive for the frequency which they offer them. I miss the little alien, they could bring that back, a little bit of stress relief I miss!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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