QuarkXPress 8. It still flattens transparency in imported PDF files though. This can avoid issues with staircasing in the edges of images. How synthetic fonts are handled QuarkXPress 8 handles synthetic fonts, which are sometimes called artificial or faux bold and italic, in such a way that outputting them should be no problem.
A synthetic font is a font that is created artifically, e. QuarkXPress 8 builds such styles artificially: A bold style is created by adding an outline around the glyphs.
The thickness of the outline is calculated from the size of the text. The italic style is created by skewing the glyphs about 12 degrees to the right. XPress 6 and 7 actually work in a similar fashion. QuarkXPress 7. It will only import PDF 1. More recent PDF versions are not supported. PDF 1. There is no control over layers. Issues with QuarkXpress throwing up error messages for files it should be able to import are fairly common.
There have also been some complaints in the Quark forums about imported PDF files that move after opening and closing a document a few times. These issues may be solved in a future update of the product. Unfortunately it sometimes fails to do so properly. Export to PDF — This option quickly got a bad reputation in the QuarkXPress 6 days because the export module, which was and still is based on Jaws technology from Global Graphics, created huge files.
Reliability has improved in version 7 but the reputation for creating oversized files is still present. Print to a PostScript file and distill or normalize this file to get a PDF file — This is the workflow that most printing companies use.
Here and here are interesting threads from the b4print forum about creating PDF files. As you can imagine, transparency can be a major hassle when creating PDF files.
Quark have written a white paper which offers handy tips on how to make optimum use of transparency in files. Here is a brief summary: Type should be on top of all other objects in a separate layer which contains all text boxes except for type that needs to interact with transparency. By doing this, you make sure that type is not affected by any transparency flattening. Try to move transparent objects as far back in the stacking order as possible. Only use transparency when it is appropriate.
Never use transparency when the same effect can be achieved using a tint or shade. Some transparency effects can just as easily be achieved using clipping paths. If several objects require the same type of drop shadow, group them before applying the drop shadow. Make sure the resolution of images affected by transparency is high enough, ideally higher than the resolution used by the Flattener.
July 15, at 5: If you want to set it in Quark, you need the extension mentioned. You should also be aware of some fundamentals of Arabic typesetting: Searching online may help with some of these. The other solution is to get someone to do the Arabic typesetting for you and give you back outlined text eg in an EPS. Again a search online will point you to the pros.