Page layout and multimedia publishing software maker Quark signed on Wednesday as a sponsor of the CRE8 Conference for graphic design and media content creators. Quarkis logo appeared on the CRE8 sponsor page Wednesday morning, and sits with several other companies including Aquent, Alien Skin, OiReilly, Wacom, and more. The Adobe corporate logo, however, is not listed on the conference sponsor Web page.
The CRE8 Conference is described as "Your first opportunity to get an in-depth look at all of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications, including Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign, and Illustrator along with Acrobat 8."
The two-day conference schedule reads like a virtual Adobe-palooza filled almost exclusively with classes and sessions devoted to the companyis products. In comparison, there is only one QuarkXPress 7 session and a single QuarkXPress discussion panel.
"Weill be showcasing Quark Print Collection, our set of prepress tools for QuarkXPress 7 and Adobe Acrobat 7," commented Terry Welty, Quarkis senior vice president of corporate marketing. "We believe attendees will be very excited about Print Collectionis dynamic features including imposition and extensive pagination options."
Both Adobe and Quark are considered the powerhouse players in the design industry; Adobe with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and Quark with QuarkXPress. Since this is the first time many designers will have a chance to experience InDesign CS3 along side QuarkXPress 7, it makes sense for Quark to have a presence at the event even though the sessions lean heavily towards Adobeis products.
Mr. Welty added "The CRE8 Conference is a natural fit for Quark, providing us with a venue where we can engage with creative professionals on the features that make QuarkXPress an ideal choice for creating cutting-edge print and web layouts."
The CRE8 Conference is scheduled for May 9 and 10 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
[This article has been updated with additional information from Quark.]