QuarkXPress 1.0 was first released in 1987 for classic Mac OS, followed by a Windows version in 1992. It quickly overtook Aldus PageMaker as the dominant application of the desktop publishing market, reaching 95% market share in the 1990s. Adobe Systems acquired PageMaker and then released a completely redesigned application as Adobe InDesign 1.0 in 1999. InDesign was the first to be ported to Mac OS X with features like anti-aliasing, while Quark CEO Fred Ebrahimi taunted classic Mac OS users of QuarkXPress to switch to Windows. By 2004, Quark had lost 25% of its market share to Adobe, and eventually ceded its market leadership to InDesign.
- 1987 – QuarkXPress & Adobe Illustrator by Laurens Leurs, Prepressure. 2018-10-01.
- How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing by Dave Girard, Are Technica. 2014-01-13.
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