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Open QuarkXPress files in InDesign (CS, CS2)

You can open QuarkXPress 3.3-4.11 files, including templates and single-language QuarkXPress Passport documents, in Adobe InDesign CS -CS2. You can also open Multi-language QuarkXPress Passport documents in InDesign CS2. You can only open QuarkXPress 5.0 or later files if they're saved as version 4.x.

For further information on how to open QuarkXPress version 5 , 6 or 7, please refer to document 326469 , " Error "Cannot open the file..." occurs or QuarkXPress 5.x-6.x file doesn't appear in Open dialog box (InDesign 2.x, CS, CS2)".

The table below describes what happens to various features, settings, and elements when you open QuarkXPress files in InDesign. For more information about InDesign features discussed in this document, see InDesign Help.

Publication Settings and Preferences
Accents for All Caps characters
Yes (limited)
Accents for All Caps characters convert, but they may look different depending on the font used. For example, accents that appear below an ascent in QuarkXPress may appear above the ascent in InDesign.

Ligatures Break Above
All letters respond to the tracking value in InDesign, and all ligatures are lost.
Flex Space Width
Flex spaces convert to standard en spaces.
Auto Kern Above
InDesign does not have an auto kern above feature. It applies the default Metrics kerning values to all text.
Standard Em Space
InDesign only recognizes the standard em space (defined by the font size) and converts other values to this standard.
Offset Characters
Yes (limited)
InDesign supports both the subscript and superscript settings, but not the superior setting. Superior converts either as the default superscript, or as subscript if the offset character has that attribute as well.
Vertical Scale
InDesign maintains the vertical scale options set in QuarkXPress.
Maintain Leading
InDesign does not support this feature. The result is an effect similar to deselecting this option in QuarkXPress.
Leading Mode
InDesign supports baseline leading only, which corresponds to typesetting leading in QuarkXPress. Word processing leading (which measures from the ascent of the line to the ascent of the next line) converts to baseline.
InDesign does not convert tool preferences.
InDesign does not convert trapping settings and defaults.
Page Layout Features

Page Sizes
Yes (limited)
Nonstandard size pages are not the same size in InDesign as they are in QuarkXPress.
Master Page Items
InDesign converts master page items as local overridden master page items on document pages and retains the links to the master page items.
Yes (limited)
InDesign imports ruler guides, margin guides, and baseline grid guides, but some may shift. Rulers, margins, and baseline grid guides don't shift in InDesign.
Master Page Guides
Yes (limited)
Master page guides convert but some may shift.
Booking Feature
Yes (limited)
InDesign supports booking.

Synchronized books in QuarkXPress do not alter individual chapters unless the individual chapters are opened and saved again after synchronizing. If you do not take this step, the changes made when synchronizing are not brought into InDesign.
Table of Contents
Yes (limited)
InDesign doesn't support alphabetical sorting in a table of contents.
Drag and Drop Editing
InDesign does not support drag and drop editing.
Pasteboard Items

Items on the QuarkXPress pasteboard appear on the pasteboard in InDesign.
Master Page Frames
Yes (limited in 2.x)
In InDesign any object that spans facing master pages is shifted when you open the QuarkXPress file.
Suppress Printout
InDesign marks objects with Suppress Printout applied as Nonprinting in the Attribute palette.
Character Attributes

Bold or Italic Type Styles

InDesign correctly converts text to which you've applied a bold or italic type style in QuarkXPress.
Type Size
InDesign correctly converts QuarkXPress type sizes.
Baseline Shift
InDesign supports manual and styled baseline shifts.
Kerning and Tracking
QuarkXPress measures the spaces between letters in ratios of 1/200th of an em space. InDesign uses 1/1000 of an em space. Due to the increase in precision, kerning and tracking values may be different in the converted document.
Additional Text Styles in Measurements Palette
Yes (limited)
InDesign requires the necessary font files be present to print or display stylized text. QuarkXPress documents with styles applied convert to the correct font style in InDesign if the files are available. If these files are not available, the text converts as plain text highlighted in pink (as with missing fonts).

InDesign does not support the shadow style.

InDesign converts the outline style to a stroke of .25 and a fill of none.
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts all used and unused styles when you open a QuarkXPress document, but it cannot import styles from another QuarkXPress document.
InDesign converts ligatures from QuarkXPress.
Paragraph Attributes

Paragraph Rules
Yes (limited)
InDesign may apply different positions or line styles to paragraph rules. InDesign maintains QuarkXPress line styles.
InDesign preserves tint values applied to paragraph rules.
Single Word Justification

InDesign supports single word justification.
Hyphenation Method
QuarkXPress supports Standard, Enhanced, and Expanded hyphenation settings. InDesign uses an algorithm that most closely matches the Enhanced setting in QuarkXPress.
Hyphenation Limits
InDesign maintains hyphenation limits from QuarkXPress.
Flush Zone
InDesign does not have this feature; the last word will justify on the left.
Tabs Alignment on Comma or Character
InDesign converts tab alignment on commas or characters.
Tabs Set Outside of Text Frame
Yes (limited)
InDesign wraps tab stops that fall outside of a text frame to the next line. This may appear to affect leading unless the tab stop is removed.
Page Number Place Holder, Previous Box Page Number, and Next Box Page Number
InDesign converts these attributes to Auto Page Number, Previous Page Number, and Next Page Number, respectively.
Indent to Here
InDesign converts the Indent to Here character, allowing lines that follow the character to be properly indented.
Next Column and Next Box Special Characters
InDesign converts these special characters to the Column Break and Frame Break special characters, respectively.
Paragraph Style Keyboard Shortcuts
Yes (limited)
InDesign reserves the number pad in combination with the Option, Command, and Shift keys (Mac OS) or Ctrl, Alt, and Shift keys (Windows) for use with paragraph styles. If you create a paragraph style keyboard shortcut in QuarkXPress using other keys, InDesign returns a conversion error and applies no shortcut to the style.
Section Breaks and Pagination
InDesign converts section breaks and pagination.
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts all used and unused styles from a QuarkXPress document, but it cannot import styles from another QuarkXPress document.

InDesign does not convert Based On and Next for H&J and line styles.
Subscript/ Superscript Values
InDesign converts subscript and superscript characters.
Superior Characters
InDesign does not convert Superior Characters, but maps them to InDesign Superscript characters.
Text Attributes

Kerning and Tracking Values
InDesign converts custom kerning and tracking values from QuarkXPress.
Kerning Pair Tables
InDesign does not convert kerning pair tables.
Horizontal and Vertical Scaling Values
InDesign converts horizontal and vertical scaling values from QuarkXPress.
Font Usage Utility
InDesign displays information from the Font Usage utility in its Find Font utility.

Bezier Frames
InDesign converts and enables you to edit Bezier frames from converted QuarkXPress documents.
Yes (limited)
All QuarkXPress runaround types map to the Wrap Around Object Shape text wrap option in InDesign. You may see differences between your original document and the converted document. You can select the desired Text Wrap type in InDesign after conversion. QuarkXPress runarounds assigned to one side of an object wrap around both sides in InDesign.

QuarkXPress text does not wrap around objects below text. When you open a QuarkXPress file that contains a text box which is on top of, and within the bounds of, an object, InDesign uses the Ignore Text Wrap option (this is required for InDesign to display the text). InDesign uses the Text Wrap Only Affects Text Beneath option.
Vertical Alignment
InDesign converts text that is vertically aligned. As in QuarkXPress, however, InDesign does not apply vertical alignment to text that takes a nonrectangular shape, due to text frame shape, text wrap, or corner effects. In these cases, InDesign applies top alignment.
Empty Frames
Skewed Text
InDesign converts skewed text as plain text (where the text itself is skewed, not the frame containing the text).
Objects and Line Styles

Line Styles
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts thick and thin strokes, but the weight of the lines in InDesign is different from the weight of the lines in QuarkXPress.

Compound Paths
Yes (limited)
Compound paths do not map to InDesign. InDesign creates a simple path in their place. To avoid losing information, release the paths in QuarkXPress (release All Paths, not just Outside), and make them compound in InDesign.
Grouped Objects
Yes (limited)
Grouped objects retain their associations on conversion, but they are split if some of the objects are nonprinting.
Stacking Order
Yes (limited)
Overlapping items that are grouped may appear in a different stack order in InDesign.
Colorized Images
Yes (limited)
InDesign supports colorizing only 1-bit and grayscale TIFF images, while QuarkXPress can color several other file formats. When converting documents, InDesign imports the linked file and discards any color or effects added to graphics other than 1-bit and grayscale TIFF images.
Unsupported Graphic File Formats
InDesign does not support PhotoCD, Paint, and OS/2 bitmaps. If you try to convert a QuarkXPress document with these file types, an alert box appears. These images are ignored on conversion. Image previews can be created if a TIFF preview is present in the image. InDesign may display a proxy image if the display preference is set to Proxy rather than Full Resolution, even though the image was not imported. If you have selected Full Resolution, these images are dimmed.
Missing Graphic Links
Yes (limited)
InDesign returns a warning if links in a converted QuarkXPress document are missing. Use the Links palette to relink links.
Transformed Graphic Links
Yes (limited)
When InDesign opens a QuarkXPress document containing EPS or TIFF graphics, and the graphics have clipping paths and have been transformed (for example, scaled, flipped, or rotated), InDesign does not transform the clipping path with the graphics.

Color Swatches
InDesign imports all used and unused color swatches from QuarkXPress documents, as well as colors that are applied to items on the pasteboard.
InDesign maps HSB to RGB.
Library Color
Yes (limited)

InDesign maps library colors to RGB. InDesign maps library colors correctly.
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts Multi-ink to Mixed-ink.
InDesign maps RGB to RGB; you may see some differences in color even though the document has identical RGB values in QuarkXPress and InDesign.
InDesign maps CYMK to CMYK.
Process Colors
You may see differences in library colors.
Spot Colors
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts spot colors to RGB for on-screen display and lists the color formula in RGB, but it separates spot colors correctly.
Yes (limited)
You can determine whether a tint is applied to an object by selecting the object and noting the percentage area in the Color palette.
Yes (limited)
InDesign converts gradients created in QuarkXPress 4.x as either radial or linear gradients. InDesign converts gradients created in QuarkXPress 3.3.x or 4.x files saved as 3.3.x format as solid colors.
InDesign can convert gradients with tints from QuarkXPress 4.x documents.
Color Management
Since InDesign and QuarkXPress use different color management systems, InDesign ignores this information on conversion.
InDesign cannot import QuarkXPress Libraries.
The following XTensions do not interfere with the conversion of QuarkXPress documents, but their mapping depends on how they are used in QuarkXPress:
-- QX-Tools by Extensis
-- XPert Tools Vol 1 & Vol 2 by ALAP
-- ShadowCaster by ALAP
-- Xdata by Em Software
-- Xtags by Em Software

QuarkXPress documents containing objects created by third-party XTensions may not convert. If your document does not convert, check the original and remove any objects that were created by an XTension. Resave the QuarkXPress document and convert it again.

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Document 331387
Last edited - 10/16/2006


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