Quark has announced availability of the QuarkXPress 7.3 updater, a maintenance release of the pro DTP software.

The QuarkXPress 7.3 updater provides new localised user interfaces in European Portuguese, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, and Russian, increasing the number of languages supported by QuarkXPress 7 to 18. In addition, this regularly scheduled 90-day maintenance release addresses the most frequently reported issues identified by QuarkXPress 7 users.

"Quark is pleased to empower users in Portugal, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, and Russia in their pursuit of unmatched creativity and productivity by providing QuarkXPress user interfaces in their native languages," said Jürgen Kurz, Quark's senior vice president, desktop business unit.

"Equally important, we are committed to acting promptly on issues that matter most to our customers by delivering free maintenance releases every 90 days. I encourage customers to download the QuarkXPress 7.3 updater to begin leveraging the supplemental language features and enhancements of the updater today."

In addition to the new user interfaces in these five languages, the updater includes hyphenation and spelling support for Ukrainian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, Slovenian, Latvian, Estonian, Icelandic, and Slovak.

The QuarkXPress 7.3 updater available today addresses the most frequently reported issues identified by users since the original release of QuarkXPress 7.

When comparing the QuarkXPress 7.3 updater against the Quark 7.2 updater released earlier this year, performance enhancements show:

- Spellchecking: Up to 500 per cent increased performance in spell checking within text handling for Windows users.
- Saving projects: Up to 75 per cent faster operations when saving documents on local and network drives; resolution to issues when saving to network volumes or Mac OS Tiger.
- Text handling: Up to 50 per cent faster performance through enhanced navigation and when typing within text-heavy documents.
- Collection for output: Up to 40 per cent performance improvement when collecting for output.

The QuarkXPress 7.3 updater also includes enhancements to collecting for output, multiple-copy output, and project file size.

The updater is available as a free download.