Quark introduced Quark Publishing System 7 (QPS7), the next generation of its collaborative workflow system, at IfraExpo, Vienna on Monday.

QPS 7 introduces a host of new and enhanced features aimed at streamlining editorial and creative workflow processes while improving production.

The system has been completely re-engineered using open standards such as a true Service Oriented Architecture based on the Spring Framework Java/J2EE. Quark describes the solution as one of the most advanced publishing systems available today for newspapers, magazines and corporate publishers.

The new open standards-based architecture makes QPS 7 platform independent, scalable and fast to deploy, and supports an unlimited number of publications and projects in one system.

"The market is constantly evolving and technological advances, disbursed workgroups and more communication choices have changed the paradigm in which today's publishers operate," said QPS general manager, Linda Chase.

"We are pleased to introduce QPS 7 to address this shift with new features that facilitate true collaborative teamwork, increase communication and streamline overall production for cost-effective publishing."

A range of new features also include:

- Server-side scripting enabling system administrators to automate processes in their workflow

- Real-time collaboration, which gives content and design contributors the possibility to work simultaneously on publications and projects and provide real-time updates

- A multifunctional client that enables workgroup members to use their preferred software applications on Mac or Windows operating systems and collaborate with each other in a virtual workplace with enhanced remote access

- Support for QuarkXPress 7 and QuarkCopyDesk 7

- QPS Web Editor, which lets users write, edit and copyfit text through the internet and preview their work in progress as it appears in an actual XPress layout

- Certification with HSQL and Microsoft SQL means QPS 7 supports industry-standard databases

- File Streaming to ensure easy and secure access to content.