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Old 02-17-2006, 06:58 AM   #1
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I work with a print publishing company in China, and got a weird question regarding converting to InDesign from Quark.

We do all of our design work on Mac and some of my partners would like to switch to InDesign because they were told that by moving to InDesign they could stop using Macs and go with cheaper PC based design stations. (Btw, am already doing all of our design in our Shanghai office on InDesign, but our HK office is thinking of switching as well).

I always thought that the use of Macs was primarily driven by the need to ensure compatibility with film output centres and printers. Any truth to the assertion that InDesign makes Macs unnecessary for those of us doing magazine design?

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Old 02-17-2006, 01:08 PM   #2
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I always thought that the use of Macs was primarily driven by the need to ensure compatibility with film output centres and printers. Any truth to the assertion that InDesign makes Macs unnecessary for those of us doing magazine design?
Well, if you export to PDF with appropriate pre-press configuration, it doesn't really make any difference whether you use Mac or PC version.

It used to be that professional pre-press shops predominantly had Macs, so would prefer native format Mac application data.

Assuming you do not want or expect the printer to make any last-minute adjustments, PC -> PDF -> prepress should work just fine.

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Old 02-17-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Howard,

Thanks for this. So as long as we are using a PDF-based workflow (and we definitely don't want our printers making changes) then the computer platform shouldn't make a difference? Outstanding -- will have the team work with it and see what happens. Thanks for the tip.

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I work with a print publishing company in China, and got a weird question regarding converting to InDesign from Quark.

We do all of our design work on Mac and some of my partners would like to switch to InDesign because they were told that by moving to InDesign they could stop using Macs and go with cheaper PC based design stations.
The only bugaboo could be fonts: That is, so long as all fonts used in your jobs are either embedded in the PDF or available to the output people, no problem.

OpenType fonts are supposedly completely cross-platform so even if they are not embedded in the PDF, the printer needs only to have the same fonts. TrueType fonts may (or may not) be embeddable. Type 1 fonts do not have the capacity to control embeddability and should be all right.

I would suggest some tests. And discussion with your printers. Make sure you are all compatible.

   
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Old 02-17-2006, 10:46 PM   #5
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Thanks Kathleen -- sounds like some discussions with the film output folks are in order, and thanks for the tip about the fonts.

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