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PC Pro are giving away Version 5 of QuarkExpress v.5 on the front cover of the latest issue of PC Pro magazine, which costs £3.99.

The full, unrestricted version 5 of the professional world standard in DTP software, has retailed from £600 to £800 depending where you get it from.

QuarkExpress is a desktop publishing software which can design and publish print and web documents. It can create layouts for newspapers, magazines, user guides, annual reports, brochures and catalogs. It's used by many ad agencies, newspapers, magazines and book publishers.

Magazine PC Pro is currently giving away a full version of QuarkExpress 5 with all copies of the March(?) magazine. The magazine costs £3.99 (or £4.99 for the one with the DVD). Make sure your copy has the CD taped to the front!
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#1
Thanks for the heads up!
Great bit of software.. and the magazine def worth a read too.
#2
It's a great magazine, agreed :-D
#3
That's a great buy.

Brilliant program.
#4
Only bit that could get some frowing is that... there is no Mac version... Only PC it seems.
#5
The real thing is up to V.7, so this is presumably a few years old, but still ....
[admin]#6
The real thing is up to V.7, so this is presumably a few years old, but still ....

I think it would work out cheaper still as you could buy the upgrades to v.7 instead of buying from scratch.

Amazon UK price for Quark v.7 upgrade from any version is £300 so total cost around £310 for full v.7 compared to £750 buying v.7 alone.

Amazon .com has the v.7 upgrade for only $280 though...
#7
As others have said, it's getting on a bit but still a great price for the FULL version & the upgrade option seems like a good one.
Well spotted.
#8
siliconbits
Only bit that could get some frowing is that... there is no Mac version... Only PC it seems.


Yeah...it's a PC magazine, hence the name PC Pro! lol
#9
Maybe there are T&C's that you can not use this for commercial work? Similar to the education licenses?

No Mac version either :(
#10
It is quite possibly the worst piece of software ever released!
#11
Quark 6 & 7 are buggy as hell especially on the mac. But 5 wasn't so bad and a bit of a bargain for £5, will be telling some of our customers about this deal.

But worst piece of software for publishing has to microsoft publisher, closely followed by corel draw! I work for a print company and we dread getting jobs from either of these programs.:-(
#12
Having used Quark for about 15 years, I can honestly say it's awesome.

I'm a graphics professional, so use it as the tool of my trade.

Graham
#13
Thanks for this vclowes :) It's worth signing up for the free trial offers of Computer Shopper and PCPRo DVD for all the free programmes you get on the cover discs. They might often be older versions, but some are very useful ;-) Three magazines with discs and maybe free gift for £1 [COLOR=#6f0000]Dennis Publishing deals[/COLOR]


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#14
Welcome to HotUKDeals new members here too ;-)
#15
Good spot!

Nearly went to go and get this until i realised quarkexpress also came with the january edition of computer shopper.
#16
I tried getting this with a PC magazine before Christmas. You have to register and they send you an unlock code by email. I'm still waiting for it!
#17
biglugs1
I tried getting this with a PC magazine before Christmas. You have to register and they send you an unlock code by email. I'm still waiting for it!

Strange, I got my activation code almost instantly, then again I didn't try to register it until Chrimbo Eve.
#18
biglugs1
I got it before christmas from computer shopper and had the same problem so I just left it and then just tried again this last weekend and I sailed through, no probs. So maybe try again? If I remember rightly you only have so long to activate it and I think the one I got was only valid up until 26th Jan.
#19
ooo forgot to say, it does warn you that the code comes on an attachment and your security settings may not allow it and if so to try again. I used one of my web-based e-mails and it worked ok.
#20
what is this quark program then?
#21
This particular piece of software is for Professionals hence the high price, most people out there wouldn't have a clue where to start as it would be too complicated for the average bod out there and after probably half an hour most would just give up..

Its never been the easiest desktop publishing software to use...And I am an experienced user of 12 years and work in I.T

My honest opinion don't bother...or if you do your gonna need Quark for dummies to help you along, Of that I have no doubt...:giggle:
#22
so generally for an average pc user, its completely and utterly useless?
#23
Thats why there giving it away.....:-D
#24
I have to disagree with crazylegs, this software may not be as "user-friendly" as some dtp but for free it's well worth the price of a decent magazine.

Practically every publication in the UK is put together using it and if you saw some of the computer ludites that work in our subbing and layout departments you'd see it isn't rocket science!

In fact a friend of mine's daughter has just completed her high school 1st year assignment using it. To be fair she's probably brighter than us in the industry.
#25
Anyone know if this also comes with PC Pro DVD magazine?
#26
FF99
The real thing is up to V.7, so this is presumably a few years old, but still ....


Yeah it's an old trick/ploy.

They quote the price it retailed at 5 years ago even though the software's been updated by about 3 versions since.

So they're giving away something that was vastly overpriced 5 years ago and has been superseded by numerous other releases.

I bet you wouldn't fetch £1 eBaying it.

;-)
[admin]#27

So they're giving away something that was vastly overpriced 5 years ago and has been superseded by numerous other releases.

I bet you wouldn't fetch £1 eBaying it.


Nope because of the upgrade path the old versions generally hold a reasonable value, well definitely more than £3.50!!

As I showed above you can use this v.5 and the v.7 upgrade software to get full legitimate v.7 for about 15% of the price of full v.7 (if you use amazon.com instead of .co.uk). This is a perfect way for a freelancer or even small studios to expand their legit installs of Quark v.7.
#28
Chuckles1066


I bet you wouldn't fetch £1 eBaying it.

;-)



The very same free programme http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Quark-Xpress-5-5-01-full-version-on-DVD-unregistered_W0QQitemZ110079475928QQihZ001QQcategoryZ3523QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I know you shouldn't post links to eBay but the auction has just finished.

They were selling for £30+ when the free disc first appeared
#29
I registered with Quark but never received any confirmation emails, or unlock codes. I just tried registering this again and it says it's already registered so looks like I'll have to throw away my copy of Computer Shopper - that was a waste of £4.99.
Maybe it was because I used a Hotmail account as my email address?
#30
It's a great piece of software, industry standard if you want to do pro DTP.
So what if it's a few versions old, I wouldn't turn down a free copy of Photoshop 7 just because it was missing a few newer features, the basic functionality and tools are all there. As a designer this will get me pukka software at virtually zero cost, can't lose.
And the ease of use will be no worse than any other reasonably advanced app. The complexity comes in the print output side of things, but that's why people use it - it performs the tasks required.

Find it hard to believe people are moaning about this at £4.99. If you don't need it/don't like it - don't buy it.
#31
biglugs1 -- - I had the same problem registering , try to re-register and they will give a freephone number - it was a 2 minute call and got the confirmation e-mail within minutes
#32
what is the registration deadline for this? last time it was january 25, but i assume it's later now
#33
morales
what is this quark program then?


Google
#34
solidamber
Google


Yeah, it's just like Google. :p
#35
alchemista
what is the registration deadline for this? last time it was january 25, but i assume it's later now


It's 23rd of March. I just bought it and waiting for the activation code. :whistling:
#36
biglugs1 -- - I had the same problem registering , try to re-register and they will give a freephone number - it was a 2 minute call and got the confirmation e-mail within minutes

Or you could do what I did in the end - I rescued the disk from the bin, and reregistered using the same reference number but changed the last 3 digits randomly until it worked. Now someone else will probably get a problem with registering (sorry).
However as a user of Quark 4.0 I have to say this is about as fantastic a deal as it's possible to get. You have a professional tool which will produce top quality work. Takes a little while to teach yourself how to use it but well worth the time and effort.
#37
You dont have to wait for the email to get your validation code. I registered, then waited for about 15 minutes but no code was emailed to me... still hasnt come through now several hours on. However, while logged into my newly created Quark Store account i clicked to go back to the main store and there is a link where you can get a validation code from a serial number. i just entered my serial and it generated my validation code there and then. I wasnt expecting it to work as this is a special promotion but i as i have activated the full retail quark that i use in work this way i knew it was likely it might.

As for the upgrade, you have to upgrade through Quark directly. The ones on Amazon most likely wont work. Upgrading Quark is generally done directly through Quark themselves anyway. You can buy the upgrade packaging anywhere but you need to go through Quark to activate it.

EDIT:
Just thought of something that may be of interest to fellow Mac users. With the release of version 7, Quark changed their licensing rules. You are allowed to install Quark 7 on both a PC and a Mac using the same license. The upgrade disc 'should' be dual format (the one i use in work is) so even though you cant install the cover disc Quark 5 (on ppc at least) theres a very good chance the upgrade packaged disc will be usable ....unless Quark gives you a serial that only works on a PC. I may well test this theory myself! Quark 7 - for Mac for - £300! Worth looking into definatly!
#38
Money saving tip! If you want to save a few pence on the magazine, buy it at WH Smiths along with a copy of The Times. The checkout girl told me about this today. For some reason you get a £1.00 discount, so PC Pro March 07 with Quark plus a free copy of the Times cost me £4.64!
#39
thelettuce
Money saving tip! If you want to save a few pence on the magazine, buy it at WH Smiths along with a copy of The Times. The checkout girl told me about this today. For some reason you get a £1.00 discount, so PC Pro March 07 with Quark plus a free copy of the Times cost me £4.64!


Too late for me, bought it yesterday...

Can I install this on 2 PCs? I usually use my desktop, but I can't take it abroad so I take my laptop... But my desktop is more powerful and has a mouse...

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