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Chapter 1. The basics > If it's not one thing it's another

If it's not one thing it's another

My first encounter with QuarkXPress was in 1988 (ancient history, in the software world), and I was impressed with its precision, but frustrated by the inflexibility of its parent/child architecture. New items were drawn inside—and were constrained by—existing items.

Now QuarkXPress is as flexible as it originally was brittle. Not only can you place an item anywhere, you can turn just about anything (text box, text path, picture box, or line) into something else . If you're brand new to QuarkXPress (or are chronically indecisive), just ignore this aspect of QuarkXPress for the moment. But just to whet your appetite, these are a few of the easy conversions you can make:


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