Press release: Quark announced today a new update to DesignPad, the app developed to help creative people explore design while giving professional designers a way to concept and start projects from an iPad. The updated version offers all DesignPad users even more of the design and production functionality found in professional layout tools.  ??

With the free update, all users will have access to more design flexibility, more preference options, and more ways to bring their creativity to life. The update includes:

  • Box Adjustments: Move, resize, delete and change the order of boxes with new controls
  • Shadow Colour: Use the colour picker to change shadow colour from default black
  • Text Outlines: Add outlines to text and set colour and thickness preferences to outlines
  • Blank Document: Opt to remove all boxes in the starting layout with the tap of one button
  • Improved Performance and Responsiveness: Control value settings precisely with Smart Sliders and faster layout updates
  • Undo/Redo: Revert to the last captured state and redo if desired
  • Switch Box Types: Change any box from text to picture or vice-versa
  • Precision Image Placement: Nudge and zoom images with touch gestures or using the new Image Placement controls
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The free version of DesignPad outputs PNG files and allows users to create QuarkXPress layouts. However, for £6.99 users can now unlock the Pro Feature Pack, a set of advanced features that provide the type of design, output, and saving functionality that make it possible to start and share professional design projects with colleagues and collaborators. The advanced functionality includes:

  • PDF Output: Save and share print-quality PDFs
  • Print: Use AirPrint to print layouts using a postscript or inkjet printer
  • Dropbox: Save PNG and PDF versions of designs to Dropbox for immediate access anywhere
  • Wave Shapes: Automatically create unique wave shapes based on the ShapeMaker functionality in professional layout software QuarkXPress
  • No Product Marks: "Made with Quark DesignPad" text at the bottom of saved and shared images will be removed
  • Dynamic Grids: Dynamically adjust boxes and columns within layouts, including header size, caption size, margins and gutters

Download the updated version of DesignPad to explore these updates and to opt into the advanced version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quark-designpad/id551786067?ls=1&mt=8.