Quark has introduced QuarkCopyDesk 7, text and picture editing software designed for writers, editors and others who contribute to publishing workflows.

QuarkCopyDesk 7 is built on XPress 7 and allows writers and editors to see the same graphic-rich pages that designers see. Attributes such as colours, article geometry, style sheets, and hyphenation and justification rules, are maintained so that formatted files move easily and accurately between the two applications. The application can also exchange text with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, XPress Tags, HTML and other word processing formats.

Any image format supported by QuarkXPress, including native Photoshop files, can be imported to QuarkCopyDesk 7 and images can be adjusted within the application.

Users can split article views horizontally and vertically to display the content in galley, full-screen and WYSIWYG views simultaneously. Content edited in one view updates the other views automatically.

Output Profiles and Output Profile Groups allow users to incorporate metadata into the output data stream using an internal placeholder framework.

In addition to new functionality, QuarkCopyDesk 7 features XTensions for Notes, which enables users to place comments directly in the text that will travel with the article, and Redlining, which lets multiple users review an article while tracking and highlighting editorial changes.

Rainer Heckmann, director of product marketing for Quark, says the company developed the upgraded product to become "The tool of choice for all editors and writers who manage both text and picture content in their articles."

QuarkCopyDesk 7 works with Quark Publishing System 7 (QPS 7), Quark's workflow management system.