QuarkXPress to InDesign Conversion Guide
I know it’s hard to believe for some of us, but there are still large organizations who are just now making the move to Adobe InDesign from QuarkXPress. And they are going through the same struggle that many of us went through.
Check out this e-mail I just received from a newly-hired designer:
I recently created a template in InDesign for one of our publications that is currently being produced in Quark. I based the template on the Quark template and created it EXACTLY as the Quark template was created, [mainly] to avoid problems—since that Quark template is what everyone has been using for so long. It consisted of nearly 40 separate master pages. My question is, how can I automatically link text frames from one master page to another master page? For example, I would like to link one of the text frames on the “Feature page 1″ master page to a text frame in the “Feature page 2″ master page. I hope my question makes sense.
Yes, it makes sense, and frustratingly, InDesign does not allow you to do this, automatically. As I said in my reply, though I understood the intentions were good, it was probably not the best idea to create an InDesign template that worked exactly like the QuarkXPress template, since they differ significantly in fundamental ways. Like how master pages work, for one.
In my reply I attached a wonderful PDF that Adobe has buried somewhere deep in its web site, which I’m pretty sure David authored, at least in part: The QuarkXPress to InDesign CS5 Conversion Guide.
It’s not really about converting QuarkXPress files to InDesign files; it’s about moving your brain from how QuarkXPress works to how Adobe InDesign works. I guess “Moving Your Brain Guide” didn’t fly with the marketing people over there.
The PDF is interactive (okay, there are buttons you can click to move from page to page), 60 pages worth of excellent information, informative even to those of us who’ve never used Quark but could still use a refresher on how to do beginning to intermediate things in InDesign, like work with styles, master pages, layers, the Links panel, and so on.
It’s a little out of date—CS5.5 is the current version, CS6 is just around the corner—but there is plenty of “permanent” fixtures in InDesign covered in this guide. Check it out, and pass the link on to anyone you know who could use it!