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Old 05-15-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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OK, this is a poll - sort of. Is there anything you know of which you can do in Quark 6.5 or 7 but can't do (or can't do easily) in InDesign CS2?
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Colour separated PDFs without using Distiller: easy in Quark, can't do in ID.
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OK, this is a poll - sort of. Is there anything you know of which you can do in Quark 6.5 or 7 but can't do (or can't do easily) in InDesign CS2?

Is there anything you would want to do in Quark 6.5 or 7 but can't do (or can't do easily) in InDesign CS2?

   
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I can do smart vertical justification in XPress (due to a free plug-in called ProVJ <http://www.durrant.co.uk/>) whereas I still have to do it manually in InDesign.

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I can easily import styled text files into Quark by doing a series of Find and Replaces in Word, replacing Word text attributes, special characters, etc., with XPress tags. Bolds, italics, bullets, em dashes, etc., are all preserved in the .xtg files.

If there's a way to do something similar with InDesign, it is a well-kept secret.

And for me, this is the deal killer with InDesign -- if I have to spend even 5 minutes massaging a text file in Word before I can bring it into InDesign with attributes intact, that's more time than I am willing to spend. It takes about 5 seconds with my XPress tag macro.

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If there's a way to do something similar with InDesign, it is a well-kept secret.
Go to <www.emsoftware.com> and check out Xtags for InDesign. It's a plug-in for InDesign that reads XPress tags (and Xtags), so you won't have to change your text preparation in any way.

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You mean I could continue to use my existing Word macros that place XPress tags, and this plug-in would magically convert them into InDesign tags??

That would be perfect, but the price tag is hefty ...

Right now I only use ID when I have to, so I can't justify spending $400. Maybe someday, when I use ID more often ...

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You mean I could continue to use my existing Word macros that place XPress tags, and this plug-in would magically convert them into InDesign tags??
Exactly.

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Marlene:

doing a series of Find and Replaces in Word, replacing Word text attributes, special characters, etc., with XPress tags

Why would you want to do that in InDesign? ID has no difficulty in importing Word files, and almost the only features of Word not imported are the things that I think all DTP programs fail to do, which is import sections, columns, and running headlines. Word has no 'special' characters that aren't in Unicode.

   
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