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Old 08-02-2005, 11:41 AM   #1
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The current issue of PC Graphics Report has a review on a new book on converting QXP to ID QuarkXPress to InDesign: Face to Face by Galen Gruman.

While there are some problems with the book, PC Graphics Report states:

"But the layout of this book is what makes it useful. On the left page he has the Quark ways of doing things, and on the right is the InDesign equivalent. Each issue has its own double page spread; sometimes he crams information onto a page so as not to go to two spreads, and often he seems to leave out bits for the same reason. In the more than 150 speads, he manages to cover the major issues and many of the arcane ones as well."

The review also states that the book attempts to answer switching questions for QXP 4.1, 5, 6.5 and ID CS and CS2 and that Gruman assumes one is mac based.


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Old 08-02-2005, 11:55 PM   #2
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And your question is...?
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:18 AM   #3
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Hey Michele...hope you are doing well...did you buy a new car?

I don't have a question about converting QXP stuff as I've never used (or even seen QXP) but there have been a number of threads on the topic so I thought the book might prove useful...

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Does the book concentrate on actually converting existing Quark files to InDesign, or more on how to work in ID when one is accustomed to working in Quark?

Either way, it could be useful for old dogs (moi) trying to learn new tricks.

I'll have to check it out.

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Old 08-10-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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It really is about how to do things in InDesign that you already know how to do in Quark. It does not address the conversion process.
If you have tested the conversion process quite extensively... please ask.
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Old 08-11-2005, 11:55 AM   #6
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Thanks John! I was just the messenger...you have the full scoop...'-}}

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Old 08-14-2005, 10:21 PM   #7
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John,

I've recently been converting a lot of small (1 to 10-page) Quark documents to InDesign, and so far the process has been almost seamless.

But converting documents hasn't really given me much insight on how to set up InDesign documents from scratch (I flounder when I have to do it), so I'll have to get to a bookstore and look for that new book.

I get bogged down on procedures such as adding new document pages that are linked to an existing text chain -- couldn't figure it out in ID, so I've been adding pages and then linking them manually. Those are the kinds of things I know how to do in Quark, but it's not the same in ID, and it slows me down trying to muddle my way through it.

Even with books, it's gonna take me a while. I can remember how long it took me to learn Quark!

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Old 08-15-2005, 11:27 AM   #8
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Blatner has a good book called InDesign Breakthroughs. Sort of Q&A, but organized. It really covers just about everything most people need to do, and then some.

   
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Old 08-15-2005, 02:15 PM   #9
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I'll take a look at it if I ever get my butt over to the bookstore. I've walked past it several times, but never had time to stop in.

I do have Blatner's "Moving to InDesign," which has been very helpful, but I need more detailed information. I need at least one big fat book that covers everything.

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The co-author of this wonderful book is Anne-Marie Concepción, who runs Seneca Design. She has a good, although infrequent email newsletter, that always has useful (usually InDesign) information in it. You can sign up at www.senecadesign.com/index.html
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