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Convert Old Quark Files from QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign with Q2ID

“I would absolutely recommend Markzware‘s Q2ID to other creative professionals who need to convert content from QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign,” said Sharen Faye, graphic designer and art director.

Faye produces a wide range of projects, including simple to complex flyers and brochures, books, folders with multiple inserts, catalogs, anything in print. “I have worked with clients needing a single piece and with clients needing work on campaigns with many pieces over the years.”

Faye comes from the old paper galleys and rubber cement mechanical days, working in publishing and advertising. Learning all the desktop publishing applications, including PageMaker, Publisher, Quark, Macromedia FreeHand, etc., came in handy for a production artist working with all the different files received. Faye then worked as a graphic designer in the corporate marketing department of a large real estate developer for luxury communities, where all the files were in Quark. In 2007, after the real estate market crashed, she moved to New York City, where almost everyone was working in Adobe InDesign. Q2ID simplified the transition from Quark to InDesign, by helping to convert old Quark files.

Faye found out about Markzware’s Q2ID plugin at an IDUG meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina and was a lucky winner from a raffle of this product at her meeting. “I had realized that all of my old Quark files would become useless to me, unless I either spent the money to keep updating Quark, or found a way to convert the files to InDesign. So far, I am using Markzware’s Q2ID plugin to convert all of my old Quark files. This has been wonderful since I was afraid they would become lost to me forever. I could still make PDFs, but those would not be as usable as InDesign files.”

When Faye first used Q2ID, the file that she was using had a lot of font problems. “I use Suitcase Fusion 3 as my font organizer, and I have gotten used to the fonts activating automatically in InDesign. Since I didn’t put Quark on my new iMac, I decided to open my old Quark files in Quark on my older laptop, identify the fonts, then activate those fonts in Suitcase Fusion on my desktop, before converting each file. This has worked extremely well so far. I have a lot more files to convert, but I am confident this will work well. All the vector and raster art has opened perfectly in the new InDesign, and the conversion with Q2ID takes only seconds on my iMac.”

Q2ID is the Adobe InDesign plugin that can convert old Quark files to InDesign for desktop publishing (DTP). It makes it easy to convert QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign in one click. Q2ID is available online from Markzware via the Q2ID page. Convert your old Quark files today!