The battle for desktop publishing between Adobe and Quark isn't over, with news that Metro International has chosen to adopt XPress 7 across its entire global network.

Metro International is the world's fastest-growing newspaper publisher. It produces free daily newspapers in 93 cities in 21 countries across Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

"All Metro editions carry headline local, national, and international news in a consistent and accessible format and design, so the ability to collaborate and share content is becoming increasingly important. XPress 7 enhances collaboration with Composition Zones and Job Jackets. These features will allow all Metro journalists and a network of freelancers to reach new levels of productivity and efficiency," said Michael Mendoza, global IT director of Metro International.

Mendoza anticipates cost savings as a result of moving to XPress 7. Mac support was also critical to the decision, he explained.

"As Metro has standardised on Macs for publishing, and the fact that XPress is the first major design and publishing tool with Universal support meant that it was an easy decision for us," Mendoza said.

Mendoza confirmed that Metro International also considered InDesign before opting for Quark.

(The UK's Metro newspaper is published by Associated Newspapers, which also publishes the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail.)