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Old 09-21-2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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I have some Quark files that I want to open in ID 3.0.1 (Windows). ID says it does not recognize the files. The only clue I have is that the first few bytes of the Quark file contain MMXPR3. I know they came from a Mac.

Does this mean the Quark files are too new for this version of ID? Would an upgrade to CS2 give me the converter I need?
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:27 PM   #2
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indesign can only open xpress 4 docs. if you have version 5, you have to open them in xpress 5 and resave them as version 4. if you have version 6, you have to open them, resave them as version 5, then open them in version 5, and resave them as version 4.

pant, pant, pant.

a pain- but it does work.
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Old 09-21-2005, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thanks. I have a friend the Mac version 6. I hope she still have 5 installed. Too bad Adobe has not released an updated filter....
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Too bad Adobe has not released an updated filter....
It seems to be a legal issue. Newer versions of QuarkXPress use some kind of encryption in the file format, and these days unlocking such things risks legal action.

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Old 09-22-2005, 08:55 AM   #5
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Funny how some vendors go for that logic. Others don't. Some of the digital camera vendors apply some sort of encryption to their RAW files. And the most popular RAW converter, AFAIK used by Adobe in Photoshop, continues to crack the encryption....
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Old 09-22-2005, 11:44 AM   #6
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You can see where Quark was coming from: when they realized that ID was going to be their main competitor, they changed the file structure to prevent ID from opening them. Even I can't blame 'em for doing that <g>.
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Bob,

If you can't find anyone locally to backsave the Quark file to version 4, let me know. I still have Quarks 4 and 5 on my PC (in addition to 6).

FWIW, I've had pretty good results open Quark 4 files in InDesign (CS2 version).

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Thanks for offer. I think the issue may be moot. There seems to be little material that is replicated from year to year. I've not used ID yet, so this will be a good learning experience.
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I've not used ID yet, so this will be a good learning experience.
I've been learning ID for several months. It's certainly been a challenge. It's very different from Quark!

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