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Conversion Isn’t Perfect

Conversion Isn’t Perfect

When InDesign opens a QuarkXPress file, it must do a file translation into the InDesign format. This is extremely difficult, partly because Quark hasn’t made public their secret and proprietary file format information (Adobe had to decode it themselves). Plus, InDesign performs a great many page layout functions differently than XPress does, and there are some XPress features which don’t exist at all in InDesign—like custom stripes and multi-ink colors. As with translations between spoken languages, conversions from QuarkXPress aren’t flawless. It’s our experience that InDesign’s conversion can get you about 95 percent of the way there in an “average” document. (These same considerations also apply to Adobe PageMaker files, as well.)

All but the most simple XPress documents will likely require some reworking in InDesign. The more design-intensive your pages, the more likely you’ll have to do significant cleanup. That said, we also know of cases in which very complex pages converted without any changes whatsoever. On the other hand, we have heard of at least one case of a commercial printer opening a customer’s XPress files in InDesign without consulting with the client first (because he wanted to print from InDesign instead)—this is clearly a really bad idea.


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