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Dr. Hofzinser
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I have a job interview on Tuesday which incorporates a Quark test. While I've used it in the past, I've not used it for quite a while now, and even then not to do anything particularly advanced.
I have two queries:

(a) are there any particularly good online tutorials anyone could recommend?
(b) I have a book called "Teach Yourself Quark Xpress Version 4" in the house. How useful is this likely to be, given that Version 7 is the newest one? Has it changed in any hugely significant ways since version 4?

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Ginger Yellow
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Here are the official training files.
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Stumpy Pepys
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They keep adding bells and whistles to Quark, but these tend to be the bits involved with repro and the high end of design.

If you're using it as an editor or as a sub, then it's not vastly different, to be honest. The old toolbox buttons are still there and the measurements pallette is pretty much the same. I've got version 6.5 and the only new feature I really appreciate is the automatic table function.

If you're decent on version 3.11 at an editor's level then I wouldn't worry about the test. If they want you to design and output a full-colour catalogue, then I would.

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Dr. Hofzinser
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Excellent - thanks, chaps.
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Exploding Vole, The
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... and good luck with the interview.
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TonTon
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Go in and tell them that Quark went out with the Ark, and InDesign is where it's at these days.
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Ginger Yellow
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It's true, you know. My employers switched to InDesign last week, and if they've decided a piece of software is outdated, you knowit is.

[ 24.08.2006, 21:10: Message edited by: Ginger Yellow ]

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Posty Webber
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As Stumpy says, If you can use Quark 4, you'll be sweet with 6.5.

TonTon, the driving factor between Quark and InDesign is simply price.

Other InDesign whistles and bells such as transparencies/drop shadows are fairly dodgy in any case.

I love Quark for its no-nonsense layout-stylee, it's multiple layout per doc feature and it's text editing shortcuts for point size, leading and tracking.

InDesign's strengths are its text-outlining feature, its AI file import and its [option]-drag copy/paste function.

Otherwise they do the same thing.

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I find InDesign absolutely maddening. Quark makes sense; if you have a proble,,. you can figutre it out easily. With InDesign you'll neet a six-months course just to figure how to import a photo and make it fit exactly as you want it.
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Dr. Hofzinser
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Thanks, TEV.
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The Horse
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I took to InDesign straight away - it's got loads and loads of useful little things that Quark doesn't have. Especially in the CS version. Sadly I can't remember what half of them are, because I've forgotten what Quark was like.
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Stumpy Pepys
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Swings and roundabouts really. I get the feeling a lot of designers like InDesign and if that holds sway, then so be it. And obviously, as an Adobe product, it works better with other Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat).

If you're a hack working on layouts, it doesn't make a huge amount of difference. I've just been using Quark for about 10 years and am reluctant to change.

Plus, sending a job to a printer is far easier these days than in the days of Syquest drives and that mullarkey.

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I'm a hack working on layouts.
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