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DENVER, CO – On August 9, 2011, Quark Inc., maker of QuarkXPress page layout software, has announced that the company has been acquired by Los Angeles-based private equity firm, Platinum Equity. This is huge news because QuarkXPress is a major software application for page layout, used by designers all over the world.

QuarkXPress was one of the first major page layout applications to be used by professional designers since the late 1980s. At that time, there were only a few page layout applications to choose from. Its competition mainly came from Aldus PageMaker, which was later in 1994 acquired by Adobe Systems and Xerox Ventura Publisher, which was later acquired by the Corel Corporation in 1993. Read Full Story

SAN JOSE, CA – Adobe Systems Incorporated announced today the release date for its flagship product line – Creative Suite 5. The company sent out email notifications to its user base today and the release date for the official launch of CS5 has been set for April 12, 2010.

Recently (on January 25, 2010), I received a notice from Adobe Systems reminding me that my upgrade window for CS4 would be closing soon. The notice did not say specifically when my upgrade window would close, so I called them on the phone and asked when exactly that would would be. The sales rep didn’t know the date, either. I believed that this meant only one thing – that CS5 was due to be released very soon, so I bought the upgrade to CS4. I was upgrading from CS to CS4 … that’s a long stretch, I know, but times are tough, you know.

So just 60 days after I got the notice, Adobe Systems did, indeed, announce the release date for Creative Suite 5, so my hunch was right. I understand that the official release date of any new version of a software application is always a closely guarded secret. Otherwise, if people knew the release date ahead of time, the sales of existing versions would drop off and lead to a sharp decline in revenues for the developer.

This is the teaser from the announcement email:

With the right tools, your creative horizon changes. A tree is still timber, but suddenly in a whole new way. Old ideas germinate again, and new ideas branch into unexpected opportunities.

Now we’ll just have to wait about 2 1/2 weeks to find out!