Quark will issue a software update implementing full Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard' compatibility for XPress 7in the "next few weeks", the company told Macworld UK this morning.

The company also warned users that QuarkXPress 6.5 is not compatible with Leopard, but added that early tests using the finally-shipped version of Leopard show that QuarkXPress 7.3 runs fine - with the exception of the Flash export feature in Quark Interactive Designer.

Quark also confirmed it won't work to deliver Leopard support in earlier versions of its desktop publishing software, saying: "We chose to focus on optimizing the latest version of XPress because it offers our customers the greatest value, features and benefits."

The company intends releasing a QuarkXPress 7 update with fully tested Leopard support within the next few weeks. This update will be free and made available from Quark's website.