Q2ID – InDesign plugin
Tool for converting QuarkXPress documents into InDesign format.
…with the continual rise of Adobe’s InDesign in the features war, creatives and prepress workers now have a strong alternative to, what was once, a one Quark race.
But this still leaves the problem of what to do with all of those old Quark project files. InDesign CS is able to open older QuarkXPress documents with some degree of success. But for later versions of Quark, this is more of an issue.
The latest version of Q2ID (QuarkXPress to InDesign), from Markzware, is an InDesign plugin that enables QuarkXPress files, of any version, to be converted for use with InDesign CS [CS4, CS5 & CS5.5]. Q2ID is especially of use to smaller design companies, or freelance designers, where budgets may be too tight to keep upgrading QuarkXPress to the latest version.
Q2ID is a one stop shop solution, using the InDesign File -> Open dialog box. The QuarkXPress files are simply [converted to] a new InDesign document with the majority of the original QuarkXPress features and settings intact.
Q2ID will convert QuarkXPress documents that were created on either the Mac or Windows platforms [as well as support InDesign on either Mac or Windows]…
Items from QuarkXPress documents that Q2ID will convert into InDesign formatted documents include page positioning; color settings such as CMYK specifications, Pantone selections and other color models; fonts and style sheets; linked images and graphics, text attributes and tables, layers, color blends, runaround settings, linked and anchored text boxes.
We found Q2ID to be an invaluable tool in an Adobe InDesign-based creative environment – especially those that are used to receiving many different versions of QuarkXPress documents, from different sources. It is simple to use and the conversion is nicely handled.
Those with a larger budget may well argue that the best solution would be to open a Quark document in its native format. And it is a valid argument. But, if you have chosen to go the InDesign route – and repurposing QuarkXPress files to InDesign is your goal – then Q2ID is a worthy choice.
Q2ID costs 199 and is available from plugins distributor Markzware. It is now available for Windows users, after originally being released for the Mac OS X market only.
InDesign Plugin to Convert QuarkXPress to InDesign
Markzware’s QuarkXPress to InDesign conversion tool transfers QXP to INDD
The InDesign plugin from Markzware, Q2ID to convert content from QuarkXPress to InDesign, supports Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5 & CS5.5 and can convert QuarkXPress v3.3 through v9.x on Mac or Windows. Q2ID saves time and money re-creating content and is available online at the Q2ID page. See more data conversion software on the Markzware Products page.
InDesign Plugin to Convert QuarkXPress to InDesign Q2ID