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Added on Saturday 4th of April 2009 09:23 am EST
Perhaps you've recently switched from QuarkXPress to InDesign and now you need to convert all of your working documents. Or, maybe you've received a single QuarkXPress document from an outside source and just need to open and print it using InDesign. While Adobe has made the possibility of opening QuarkXPress documents in InDesign a reality, you still have your work cut out for you. We'll show you how to make this sometimes-daunting feat go more smoothly, saving you time and much frustration.
Settling their differences
QuarkXPress and InDesign are both desktop publishing programs, so they naturally perform many similar tasks. This makes it possible to convert the bulk of your documents without a problem, provided you follow our procedure, which we'll outline later in this article. There are, however, several settings and features in QuarkXPress that aren't supported in InDesign, as shown in Table A. Consider this information now, before you convert your documents, and you may avoid the extra work of fixing conversion mishaps later on.
Make the switch
One way to ensure a trouble-free conversion is to only open templates of your QuarkXPress documents in InDesign simply because there's less in them to pose trouble. If you don't base your working documents on templates, it isn't too late. You can still create copies of your documents, delete all the variable content, and then save them as templates. Then, you can open the templates in InDesign and use them for new content or place existing text and image files as they were in the original documents. If this sounds like too much work, you're back to opening the original documents in InDesign.