Loc: Bay Area, California, USA
The latest Seybold Bulletin has an interesting article on the Japanese prepress industry and how Quark is about to lose the war after so many years of offering nothing.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Unfortunately, there is no time left for Quark in the Japanese market. The time to execute is now, but Quark has nothing new to offer. Users are choosing to move on to InDesign J as they switch to MacOS X because they have no other choice.<p><hr></blockquote><p>The entire article is here<br><br>Quark is in deep, deep trouble after so many years of poor management and neglect. It's sort of sad to see such a pivotal application in the throws of death. Version 7, due out sometime, has so much ground to make up vs. InDesign that basically the war is over now except for the crying.<br><br>
Hell, I've been saying all this since 2000 when ID was first released. Though version 1 was hella-slow, you could see back then that Quark was up shiznit creek without a paddle.<br><br>Bye-bye Quark, don't let the door hit ya in the arse!<br><br>
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Quark execs years ago thought they'd get rich by offshoring development and thought they could rest on the laurels of their installed base.<br><br>I'm not even a designer and I hate Quark. In 1999 they bought a company called mFactory and discontinued their products. They had a really nice multimedia development environment called mTropolis that, at the time, put Director (and soon to come Flash) to shame. It was easy to use and powerful. Quark decided to shelve it for no apparent reason whatsoever.<br><br>It ticks me off when companies do that. They could have done something great in the multimedia market but were too lazy and stupid.<br><br><br>
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Blah blah blah blah... ID is GREAT! ID is GAWD! ID rules! <br><br>[color:red]Balony.</font color=red><br><br>Quark is THE BEST! Jesus used Quark. DUBYA uses Quark. Condi Rice is the Quark poster girl. ID sucks. It's bogeyware. Garbage. Useless!!! And you iz a FOO! <br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>But I mean that in a most constructive way. *smooch* <br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p><br>Bye-bye Quark, don't let the door hit ya in the arse!<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>AMEN to that brother!<br><br>I'm happy to report that one of our larger clients is switching from Quark (which we bitch at them all the time about using) to InDesign and the creative suite. They always have complained about slow turnaround time, then we actually brought them in and showed them what we go through getting the art over to illustrator and sized correctly since it's all done in 1/2 scale because Quark's artboard isn't large enough.<br><br>Now we won't have to screw with their art when it comes in. PRAISE THE LORD!!!<br><br>
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Unfortunately, I still have to use QXP for a lot of my work, though ID is gaining favor slowly. The one new feature in QXP 6 that looked good is the Layout Spaces. The DM packages I create generally include 3-7 components. So I thought Layout Spaces would help the organization and workflow. Nope! Buggy as hell. I'd open a document in progress only to find that Quark had arbitrarily replaced certain images with a different file — in every freakin' layout in the document! <br><br>Needless to say, I don't use that feature any more.<br><br>
Speaking of layout spaces ...I used them for a couple projects until I found out when you collect the job it only collects the current layout!?!? Luckily I checked the folder before I archived the Job cause half of it wasn't there (the BIG half)<br><br>
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