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Problem Areas to Look For

Problem Areas to Look For

Always proof your newly converted document carefully. The following list describes some of the areas which are likely to be the most problematic when converting QuarkXPress files, but it’s by no means complete.

  • Runaround. Text wrapping is handled completely differently by each application. It’s likely that you’ll have to re-apply text wrap to many graphics (see Chapter 71).

  • Line Styles. While InDesign can match most of XPress’s line styles, custom styles won’t be converted correctly, and line weights may occasionally change.

  • Colors. RGB and CMYK values should remain the same. However, if you’ve defined objects with the HSB or Multi-Ink modes, or using the Pantone, Trumatch, or Focoltone color libraries, these inks will be converted to RGB definitions. (Spot colors will separate correctly, however.)

  • Keyboard Shortcuts for Styles. InDesign uses a smaller number of keyboard shortcuts for character and paragraph styles than QuarkXPress. Those shortcuts which don’t fit InDesign’s restricted range are dropped (the styles are still there, however).

  • Colorized Images. InDesign supports colorizing only black-and-white and grayscale TIFFs. XPress supports colorizing a few other file formats; these lose their coloring.

  • Special Characters and Type Styles. QuarkXPress has a few special characters which don’t exist in InDesign. These include the flex space (which is converted to an en space) and the superior style (usually converted to superscript). Bold and italic formatting is only maintained if the true font exists (faux bold or italic will appear on the InDesign page highlighted in pink). Shadow and outline styles aren’t supported in InDesign.


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