The tweet I sent out on a whim read thus:
I have it downloaded now. I'm actually quite fond of QXP; they say you never forget your first, and I originally learned Quark on version 4.3 (remember, my electronic layout tribal brethren and sistern? Yes, good times, good times). I remember when QuarkXPress finally released Version 5 - because if they stood pat for much longer, Adobe would eat thier lunch and drink thier milkshake, because InDesign was that good … and getting better all the time.
Move up to the present, and I'm still an InDesigner; I couldn't imagine life without it. Quark, while apparently no longer being the category definer, has worked to keep up. The biggest problem they had - an inexcusable lag into native Mac OS X land - was finally cured in version 6. I own a copy of 6.5, and it's still a cracking good application, though by that time not the equal of InDesign.
Quark has not laid down and given up, becoming the latter-day Aldus Pagemaker, just yet. I have downloaded and have installed a test-drive copy of QuarkXPress 8.5, and will review it here presently.
My first impression is that it's brought up the attitude and the slickitude. QXP6.5, while updated and OS X-native, still felt unfinished. The addition of XTensions that read PSD files (PSDImport) and allowed image modification (Quark Vista) were needed and welcome - but felt a little tacked-on. Had they come too little, too late?
Well, it's 2011 and Quark, Inc still sells enough software to remain in business, so they must be doing something right.
More later - "soon" later.