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Old 09-24-2006, 08:54 AM   #1
dogmandouglas
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Default Hidden costs of Indesign

A lot of people have swopped to Indesign, stating the obvious reason that's it cheaper than Quark. I have to agree that's it's cheaper, but I work for a printers and the Indesign jobs that we have coming in need a lot more work than a Quark job to get them to rip properly.
We have trouble with the black not overprinting in Indesign even though in the preferences of the job it has been "ticked" for overprinting. There is also a problem with text near a graphic that gets bitmapped.
When a job comes in, we process it with care and hope that we pick up any odd behaviour before the job rips (using Creo Brisque, or should I now say Kodak).
Quark jobs go through without any problems. Even though we have written scripts to allow for Indesign quirks there seems to be another one waiting around the corner for us.
The upshot of all this is that we spend more time putting Indesign jobs right and the customer gets charged for this time. So is Indesign cheaper in the long run. I think not.
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