Quark will release QuarkXPress 6.2 "later this summer" the company announced at its Quark Summit last week.

The release will fix known bugs that exist in XPress 6.1. A new, boxed version of the application will be made available, while existing XPress 6 customers will be able to download the update, as well as free software packages Quark Vista and QuarkXClusive.

The latter product is described by CreativePro as: "A variable data tool that hooks into the HP Indigo digital presses and lays the groundwork for the more universal PPML (Personalized Print Markup Language) digital press protocol".

Another welcome announcement for desktop publishing professionals came from Quark CEO Kamar Aulakh, who "said that the company would henceforth allow XPress to be activated on two machines", the report claims.

Quark announced its active involvement in a number of publishing-related standard-setting bodies, and that it has relaunched its online forums, which it closed without fanfare last year. It also showed attendees several of its high-end, non-Mac publishing systems.

The company says it has tripled the number of people in the field, and has relaunched the QuarkAlliance program. Quark has opened offices in New York and Hamburg, and will open new outposts in Paris and London.

Engineering staff have been increased 33 per cent, and the company has also tripled its customer service and technical support staff, the report claims. The company also previewed QuarkXPress 7 at the event, but no details have emerged on this.

Event sponsors included HP, Apple, Microsoft and Pantone.