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Chapter 2. QuarkXPress Basics > First Steps in Quarking

First Steps in Quarking

I'm going to start with a quick discussion of installing and upgrading QuarkXPress. In every previous version of XPress, the upgrader was a completely different package than the installer; in XPress 5, this is no longer the case: everyone gets an installer. The reason is simple: Quark figured most people would want to transition slowly to the new version, and would therefore want to have both versions on their hard drive at the same time. So everyone gets a full new, fresh version of XPress installed.

If you're like me, you bypass the manual entirely and just start shoving disks into the computer to see what there is to see. You'll find that all the peripheral files for the program are located intact on the CD-ROM, while the program itself is compressed. The installer is the only thing that can piece together and decompress the application onto your hard drive. But if you want to copy the other filters, XTensions, or files over by hand later, you can do that, too. (I just let the installer do it for me; it's much easier and it knows where all the proper files are.)


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