There is now harmony with other applications and native file formats. There are no crashes, and everything just works like the manual says it will. And no more unexplained, untraceable and irrecoverable “Error -43” messages ever again.
The time has come to move on.
I am shedding the skin of repressive page layout, casting off the yoke of primitive interface design and leaving behind crashes, bugs, low resolution previews and inferior typography control. Today, my friends, I am leaving Quark for good.
InDesign—without hesitation—is a superior program in almost every way. The interface works with you, not against you. There is now harmony with other applications and native file formats. There are no crashes, and everything just works like the manual says it will. And no more unexplained, untraceable and irrecoverable “Error -43” messages ever again.
It’s amazing how much the print design industry has conditioned itself to expect page layout programs to suck. After weathering ten years of Quark’s “nuances,” I thought InDesign 2.0 was too good to be true when I first started using it about a year and a half ago. Direct placement of PSD files? A dream come true. Flawless PDF export every time? Unbelievable. Typographic control better than Quark’s and using Adobe’s keyboard shortcuts? Surely you jest!
Our in-house design group only uses InDesign. Not a Quark license in the building. At home, I have the Adobe CS Trifecta of Design Happiness (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and use it every day for freelance work. But up until this week I still had personal work tied up in Quark 4—stuff like invoices, pro bono work, etc. I just embarked on designing a new direct mail piece for my freelance alter-ego, and had to decide between the two programs.
Believe me, it didn’t take long to choose.
I also took a few hours and converted all my Quark documents over to IDCS, and then deleted my installation of Quark on everything except my B&W G3 that still runs OS9. Just in case, you know? I may turn on that computer again one day. Maybe I’ll even launch Quark from its dormant, cold corner of the hard drive. But I doubt it.