What’s New – This Week’s Software Updates

Not the biggest-ever week in software as far as new releases and updates, however there are a few of note…

Quark XPress 8.01 MAC/WIN

Anyone involved in graphic design and prepress has been following the fortunes of Quark these past years as they strive to reclaim market-share from arch-enemy Adobe. My review in the August issue of Print Action magazine (Quark’s Midlife Crisis) takes a critical look at this one-time Desktop Publishing giant and its struggle to hold market-share in an increasingly cross-media Adobe-centric publishing world.

However, like a former heavy-weight boxing champ on the comeback trail, XPress 8 showed that Quark is far from K.O.’ed in the DTP arena, though they’ve still got a ways to go before winning back the hearts and minds of those making a living putting pixels on paper. This past week saw the release of a maintenance update bringing Quark XPress to 8.01. More tape on the knuckles for the upcoming bout with Adobe Creative Suite 4?

VLC 0.9.4 MAC/WIN

This Swiss Army Knife of media players gets better with each successive release offering a free cross-platform solution capable of playing virtually any video or audio format on the market. Don’t leave home without it.

Google Desktop MAC/WIN

An fun and easy way to add Google Gadgets to your desktop. Personally, I still have to spend a good bit of my day stuck in an XP world, so anything to brighten up my cell is a welcome addition, so long as it’s stable. If you’re already in VISTA, or on a MAC, this package is not so compelling, as you’ve already got various gadgets and widgets coming out the wazoo!

Open Office 3.0 – EVERYBODY

The current incarnation of this free and surprisingly rich office application suite is finally available to both Windows and Mac users. Open Office is a volunteer-driven open source project with the goal of bringing powerful office production applications to the non-Microsoft masses. Open Office is already widely used in the Asean region and is making inroads in the European and North American enterprise.

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2 Responses

  1. Patrick says:

    The most impressive software I’ve seen recently is Firefox 3.0, released back in June.

    While I can still find a few items that are Windows IE only (Windows Vista/Windows IE system), it just makes Safari obsolete.

  2. zbolan says:

    i agree, i’ve switched to firefox for most sites, including banking, air tickets, etc., especially when resident on windows-centric networks (i think you know the one i mean!)

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