Quark has announced plans to license QuarkCopyDesk Special Edition (SE) to developers, and to release a stand-alone version of the product later this year.

CopyDesk was originally released as a component of the Quark Publishing System. CopyDesk SE is a stand-alone text-processing and editing application that the company has designed to meet the needs of professional writers, editors and publishing businesses.

In a press release, Jurgen Kurz, director of product management at Quark, said: "QuarkCopyDesk SE gives writers exact copyfit information and typographic consistency with QuarkXPress. Articles created with the application can be imported directly into QuarkXPress layouts, with exact hyphenation, justification and line endings."

The application can view text as it will appear when printed, in full screen or galley view. This means writers can write to fit, making decisions regarding hyphenation or kerning before the copy hits the page. Quark will add support for XML in the next release of the application, and enhance the application’s support for XTensions modules.

The company also announced the availability of the first commercial XTensions module for Quark Digital Media System, its asset-management system for publishers.