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Can I use Quark Express instead of Indesign software?

We use Quark Express to publish our publication in print and have never used Indesign

Charles Bosano

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Hi,

To follow up on this, I am hearing an awful lot of rumblings and discussion of moving back to Quark. Has there been any change of heart, or any lab work for Quark at Mag+?

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Hey David - 

Yeah, I suspect in the wake of Adobe's recent pricing model changes, a lot of designers are taking a second look at Quark. We always keep an eye on what Quark is up to, but we haven't made any moves in that direction yet. In nearly three years of doing this, I can count on two hands the number of potential clients I've talked to that are still Quark (though that's somewhat self-selecting I suppose, since we make no secret of our InDesign use). It's such a massive change from a plug-in perspective (if we could even do it) that I'd really have to see a market demand and opportunity for us to commit resources there, especially given that Quark also has a DPS-like offering we'd be competing against out of the box (as we do with DPS). 

But as with all aspects of Mag+, we have no religion about this: if it makes business sense to move to Quark, or away from ID, or away from MIB or toward something else, we're open to it. We can pivot. So we always appreciate the input.

Mike 0 votes
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Purely speculation, but rather than pursue another DTP platform, it would seem "easier" to create a version of Mag+ which can take pure XHTML and/or HTML5 (including their CSS) and produce MIBs.

On the other hand, for those people who are steadfastly in Quark Xpress land, it might be economically feasible to use Adobe InDesign as a "go-between". The publisher I work for used to use Quark, and those files can be opened by InDesign. Not sure about what might be lost in the translation, but if a digital publisher stands to make good money via Mag+, this workflow could easily pay for itself.

Al Boulley 0 votes
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Yeah, good point Al. We have had customers who convert their Quark files to ID files for the Mag+ version. And yeah, we've also talked about a creation system that would live outside of ID or Quark but be browser or HTML based - all possible, just have to determine the market for it.

Mike 0 votes