Markzware recently spoke with Craig Pearson, Executive Vice-President at Maharishi University of Management, an accredited liberal arts university in Fairfield, Iowa. Pearson shares about his recent experience with Markzware’s Adobe InDesign plugin to convert Quark to Adobe InDesign, Q2ID:
Markzware: What types of print and/or electronic media are you responsible for producing?
Pearson: I recently completed a book related to our approach to education.
Markzware: What are some of the key creative applications that make up your print workflow now? Obviously, you are using QuarkXPress in some way.
Pearson: I had initially created the book in Quark 6, in the Apple Tiger operating system. This is a book of about 700 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, full color throughout, and very graphics intensive, with hundreds of photographs, call-out quotes, charts, tables, etc. Fortunately I was able to find a printing company that could use this now older software and operating system. But, obviously, one needs to keep pace with changing software and systems. When I tried upgrading to Quark 7, there were major problems with certain fonts, text flows and tints. When I tried using Quark 6 in the Apple Leopard operating system, there were similar problems.
So to prepare the book for the next edition, I needed to do something different. Three or four months ago, at the suggestion of my designer, I bought Markzware’s Q2ID and converted the files to InDesign.
Markzware: How has the Q2ID Adobe InDesign plugin worked for you? How does it enable you to bring QuarkXPress files into InDesign and is the process easy/seamless?
Pearson: The conversion of these huge files took just a few minutes. I was amazed to see that they looked exactly like they looked in Quark 6. And definitely better than they looked in the conversion to Quark 7.
Markzware: Have you encountered any problems with data conversion? And if so, what types of issues have you run into?
Pearson: Just a few, and the same as others seem to run into. Sometimes the lines broke differently and created an extra line in a paragraph. This has taken some time to fix but has been simple and straight forward. In one of the four files that comprise the book there is now a considerable amount of pasteboard space around the 2-page spreads (possibly due to a stray guide in the pasteboard space of the Quark file – I haven’t checked), but this is not a problem.
Markzware: Generally speaking, was the investment in Q2ID worthwhile? Have you been able to justify the expenditure, and if so, how quickly did it pay for itself?
Pearson: Definitely worthwhile. I haven’t measured the payback, but I am happy to have the files in a format that has become the standard at our university and is universally used.
Note: Q2ID can convert Quark to InDesign, saving you time and money on data conversion. Q2ID provides quick return on investment and is available online from Markzware via the Q2ID page. Convert Quark to Adobe InDesign with Markzware‘s Adobe InDesign plugin, Q2ID. See more conversion software on the Markzware Products page.
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