It was a little more than a year ago. The annual Design Thinkers conference was being hosted by the Registered Graphic Design Association in Toronto. Michel Kurita was introduced then and there to the Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe InDesign for the creative workflow. Prior to the event, this senior graphic designer, design and creative products development, Industry Canada, Government of Canada, had been using QuarkXPress. His experience includes everything from reports and brochures to packaging, point-of-purchase displays, and trade-show collateral for the Canadian government.
Kurita had motivation to switch from QuarkXPress to InDesign, plus a few debilitating application crashes while using QuarkXPress 6.5. This prompted some research on software solutions that would help resolve some issues that the graphics department encountered. This led to Q2ID, the Quark to InDesign plugin, and MarkzTools, the Quark XTension, from Markzware.
“After my first crash with QuarkXPress 6.5, I looked for Quark fixes and found MarkzTools,” Kurita recalls.
MarkzTools is Markzware’s XTension to save Quark content and prevent corrupt QuarkXPress files from stalling the creative workflow. The solution enables users to retrieve text from corrupted files and save Quark files to lower versions, among other features. At the time of Kurita’s discovery, though, MarkzTools was only available for the Mac OS, and Kurita was using a PC.
“I gritted my teeth and redid the document. The second crash, however, was with a larger, more important document,” Kurita recalls. Again, Kurita visited online sites and blogs in search of the best solution to the creative workflow problem. One blog entry in particular caught Kurita’s eye. A Markzware user mentioned Q2ID, a simple, inexpensive plug-in to convert corrupt QuarkXPress content into a workable, native InDesign file.
Q2ID (QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign) is Markzware’s Adobe plug-in for InDesign. It provides a quick, easy and affordable way to migrate QuarkXPress content into a new InDesign document. Data conversion is enabled with a click. This conversion software can convert QuarkXPress elements, including:
- page positioning
- color models
- fonts and styles
- text attributes
- linked text boxes
- anchored boxes
- Pantone colors and other color models
“I was in the process of switching [from QuarkXPress to InDesign] at this point anyway, so I bought the Q2ID software, just to see,” Kurita explains. “At this point, it was 10:00 a.m. on a Friday, and I was looking at staying at work all weekend to redo the document. It took all of 10 minutes to download the software and convert my corrupted document. Another 10 minutes later, I was thoroughly impressed and relieved. Steam was no longer coming out of my ears, and I could see in color again!”
Today, Q2ID plays a critical role in the design and production phases for the government’s graphic arts projects:
“I am always going back to update old Quark documents,” Kurita notes. “[The Q2ID] plug-in figures into my workflow almost once a week. … The investment was a no-brainer. I have a family to go home to every day, so I can’t afford to muck around re-doing documents. I have kids to pick up from school and weekend plans that I have to keep. The $300 [Canadian] paid for itself in less than an hour.”
You can buy Markzware’s Quark to InDesign plugin via the Q2ID page. See more data conversion software and other solutions the Markzware Products page.
Quark to InDesign Leads to Good Discoveries