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Dropping Quark

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.

commentary + criticism

Patrick

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

Like any funeral for someone you never really liked—that old bitchy aunt that hated everyone—you should probably go out for pint and curse Quark up and down for all the trouble it’s caused you. I would say R.I.P., but that would be giving the programme too much respect.

Minz Meyer

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

Ya know what actually is funny? The Google Ads on your page offer me a Quark 6.1 version for just 2000 EURO. C’mon folks, I can get the full Adobe CS Suite for that price.

I’ve been using InDesign since version 1.0, embracing the long-awaited overcome of that terrible PageMaker, and never regretted it.

But back then, you weren’t allowed to admit that publicly, of course ;)

Calvin Lee

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

Very cool :)

I have decided to go with InDesign also. I can work so much faster in ID then in Quack. No more Quack.

It is so smooth and the integration of native files are awesome. No more tiff or eps for me. :)

Michael

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

I’m suprised you waited this long. This post is long over due. :)

Pariah Burke

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

Ping! http://www.iampariah.com/blog/archives/000440.html

Øyvind Sægrov

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

No doubt – Indesign is great. But I have to be honest: quark 4 is the quickest program around – makes me make complex layouts in no time, and everything i need is found through keyboard shortcuts like Apple + m.

Steven Luce

wrote the following on Thursday December 30, 2004

InDesign’s a great program, and, in many ways, beats the snot out of Quark. But to be honest, I have never liked Adobe’s palettes, I much prefer Quark’s dialogue boxes. And Quark is still quicker to the helm than InDesign, even on dual-G5s. That said, Xpress is a dinosaur that needs a monster kick in the rear.