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Old 01-20-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default The Nice Folks at Quark Gave Me a Call

I got a phone call at work the other day from a nice young man at Quark, Inc., wondering if I might be interested in testing the new public beta. As the conversation progressed, what he really wanted to know was why I won't touch any version of Quark with a barge pole.

We converted from Quark 4.11 to InDesign CS two years ago, and we have never looked back. I don't make these decisions in my company, but it was my VERY STRONG recommendation that we go with IDCS when we adopted OSX. We have never regretted the decision.

The young man from Quark was very polite, and friendly, and asked me some intelligent questions about why we made the transition. It was an interesting conversation. He wasn't a telemarketer--he didn't offer any fantastic deals or anything like that.

So, I guess Quark is trying to figure out how to get their market share back. Good luck to them.
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I guess Quark is trying to figure out how to get their market share back
1. Lower their prices
2. Allow backwards saving from 6.5 to 4
3. Increase the pasteboard height

And these also (though I expect they're doing them now in v7)
4. Allow transparency (inc drop shadows) in colour
5. Import layered PSD, AI and PDF files
6. Sort out the old text-on-a-circle problem so it really is a circle

Er, can't think of any more just now (but I'm sure the rest of you can!)
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1. Lower their prices
2. Allow backwards saving from 6.5 to 4
3. Increase the pasteboard height

And these also (though I expect they're doing them now in v7)
4. Allow transparency (inc drop shadows) in colour
5. Import layered PSD, AI and PDF files
Number 2 would be especially useful to me right now.

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6. Sort out the old text-on-a-circle problem so it really is a circle
Please describe. I can get text on a perfectly circular path without problem. I create a circle text box, type in my text, then go Item>Shape>[squiggle line at the bottom of the options] and Roberto es mi tio, as a Spanish speaker might say. The beginning and end points of the path are directly atop each other at the bottom of the circle, so if you set the text to center alignment, it will center on the middle of the path, which is the top control point of the circle. From there you can fiddle with the Text Path settings in Item>Modify and use range kerning to spread or condense the letters as you see fit.

   
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Yes, but if you look closely you can see that the circle is actually more like an umbrella with lots of nodes, and they make small text go wonky. We have this problem all the time with CDs and DVDs, and have to resort to using a Frustrator eps instead.
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7. Fix the display problems in 6.5.

That might be enough to make me jump ship. I am old and feeble-minded and have trouble learning new programs (I've used Quark since version 3, so I am very comfortable with it), so I have resisted moving entirely to InDesign, but the Quark display issues make me mean-mad enough to consider it.

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I'm not interested even in trying the new XPress unless they abandon product activation. (And for the same reason, I'm upgrading far fewer Adobe products than I otherwise might.)

   
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Yes, but if you look closely you can see that the circle is actually more like an umbrella with lots of nodes, and they make small text go wonky. We have this problem all the time with CDs and DVDs, and have to resort to using a Frustrator eps instead.
Hm...I don't see anything like splines, segments or whatever, just a smooth vector curve with eight control points.

   
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