Quark has today released QuarkXPress 7 worldwide.

The widely anticipated release boasts a selection of new features that aim to help make better designs, speed up production, and to improve collaboration.

The company has also confirmed the release isn't a Universal binary. At present it will run natively only on PowerPC Macs, though Quark will release an Intel-native version of XPress 7 as a free update during the summer.

The company will host a launch event for XPress on June 2 in London which is open to the public.

 "We are thrilled to release QuarkXPress 7," said Jürgen Kurz, Quark senior vice president, desktop products. "This latest version introduces forward-thinking concepts and capabilities in response to evolving market needs and customer feedback.

"Based on the early response we've heard from customers and the critical acclaim QuarkXPress 7 has received from leaders in the industry, we believe QuarkXPress 7 will revolutionise the way creative professionals work," he added.

This powerful upgrade combines new and enhanced design features with multi-channel publishing, collaboration, and job-driven workflow capabilities to deliver simply faster creative development for print and web publishing.  

New tools and features include: Composition Zones, Job Jackets, transparency, OpenType, Unicode, and more.

The software is shipping now and is available through Quark resellers and partners worldwide as well as the Quark online store.

QuarkXPress 7 costs £749 for the International English version, or £249 to upgrade from any previous version.

System requirements include: Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' or later, a CD-ROM drive for installation, 300MB of hard drive space and a minimum 128MB RAM.