Quark today announced the introduction of platform-independent licences and packaging for XPress 7.

"In an effort to provide our customers with the most efficient and effective way to use QuarkXPress at home and at work, we are providing platform-independent licensing," said Jürgen Kurz, Quark senior vice president of desktop products.

"Creative minds should be free to design and innovate on any platform, and Quark is continuing to provide that freedom with our creative tools."

The move means XPress users can double-activate one licence on different platforms at no additional cost; customers can use the same XPress 7 licence on Windows or Mac OS – or both. In addition, because of another recent change regarding Quark licences, previous versions of QuarkXPress can run under the same licence when users are upgrading to QuarkXPress 7.

In connection with the change, separate part numbers for the Mac OS and Windows versions of QuarkXPress 7 and the part codes for platform cross-grades – changing from one platform to another – are no longer required and will be phased out. All orders will be fulfilled using a platform-independent validation code.

A fully functional 30-day evaluation version of XPress 7, including the new Universal release for Intel-based Macs, is available for download.