DENVER - January 28, 2003 - Quark Inc. and Modulo Systems Corporation today announced that Quark will resume responsibility for Quark Publishing System (QPS), the extremely successful server-based workgroup management software, which is installed at more than 850 sites around the globe. Quark will manage the development and marketing of QPS, as well as support and distribution services to its network of customers and system integrators. Modulo will continue to provide support and system integration services to its customers, and honor its existing service and support contracts.
Future QPS development
The change is in keeping with Quark's strategy to offer both workgroup and enterprise-level workflow solutions based on a shared technology platform. Quark resumed development responsibility for QPS in July 2002. The product will move forward in harmony with Quark Digital Media System (QuarkDMS), with the two systems sharing common technology.
"We've already begun development on QPS 2.2, which will be compatible with QuarkXPress 5, and we're on track for release next quarter," said Juergen Kurz, Quark's vice president of product management. "Beyond that, we will continue to develop better technology and more flexible solutions. We will offer our workgroup customers two versions of QPS, so they can choose the product that best suits their needs."
Quark plans to enhance the existing QPS product with support for new application versions and operating systems. In addition, Quark is developing a next generation version of QPS that uses the QuarkDMS application server and a Microsoft SQL Server database to provide a flexible workflow system that integrates easily with third party systems.
Modulo Systems will work closely with Quark and operate as a distributor of QPS and other leading publishing solutions, pursuing a committed strategy that will further QPS penetration into new market segments.
"This strategic move will enable Modulo to better adapt to changing market needs, and also better harness our core competencies in marketing, distribution, and support of professional publishing software for the premier periodical publication houses around the world," said Lee Silverman, Modulo's president and CEO. "Modulo's current and future customers can rely on our focus and support for all their publishing software needs."
The transition of responsibility for QPS development will have no impact on existing customers or agreements. Modulo will maintain all existing service and support contracts with customers and system integrators.
For more information
Existing customers or system integrators who have questions or comments can contact Susan Friedman, Quark's vice president of corporate development ([email protected]
About Modulo Systems
Modulo Systems (www.modulosystems.com) provides open solutions that streamline, automate, and enhance the publishing process. Leading publishers around the world rely on Font Reserve Server, gADgets, and QPS to create newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and other published materials. The innovative features and inherent reliability of these products have made them the world's leading publishing solutions.
Since its founding in 1999, Modulo Systems has become the pre-eminent supplier of editorial software to magazine publishers and a major vendor of editorial and advertising software to newspapers. Modulo operates from three locations: Cambridge, MA (USA); Marin (Switzerland); and Bondi Junction (Australia).
QPS customers and system integrators who have questions can contact Ron Stalman, Modulo's market development manager ([email protected]