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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 33).

  • Clipping Paths. Images that contain clipping paths usually appear correctly in InDesign, but we’ve found that inexplicably the clipping paths sometimes get messed up in one way or another. Turning the path off and back on again in the Clipping Paths dialog box usually fixes this (see Chapter 31).

  • Colors. RGB, CMYK, and Multi-ink colors should translate just fine. However, if you’ve defined objects using the Pantone, Trumatch, or Focoltone color libraries, these inks will be converted to CMYK definitions. However, they will still be listed as spot colors and separate on their own spot color plates, so this usually isn’t a big problem.

  • 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.

  • Nonprinting Images. Occasionally, some images in a document will become non-printing for no particular reason. You can quickly test to see if this is happening to you by switching into the Preview mode, which hides all non-printing items (see Chapter 4). The fix is simple: Select the image with the Direct Select tool and turn off the Non-printing checkbox in the Attributes palette.

  • 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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