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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
10:08 pm
printing pdf in quark doc
when i import pdfs into quark7 and then try to print the layout on the laserjet it won't print.
the pdfs print fine from acrobat.
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Monday, June 8th, 2009
12:14 pm
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Thursday, November 8th, 2007
3:38 pm
looking for a Quark 6.5 xtension.
I need to create an appendix for a document that explains all the details about the style sheets used. So I'm looking for a Quark xtension that will spit out the names and descriptions of them all (see image below).

Any ideas?
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Thursday, July 19th, 2007
9:26 am
Meadows' Tab Grabber in Quark 6.x on an Intel Mac...
My job just upgraded my workstation to a new Intel Mac.
I'm still using Quark 6.52.
One of my most used extensions, Meadows' Tab Grabber, doesn't work on Intel Macs. Here's the official email from support:Collapse )

... is there anything out there that works like the Tab Grabber and will work on my machine? I've become addicted to it.

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Sunday, June 10th, 2007
7:31 pm
Proper text alignment
Help me here; I'm stumped.

I just started working at a tabloid newspaper in pagination and "make it pretty". The layout of this paper is NOT pretty, by any standards. I've got the "pretty" thing down, but making text fit is my big bugaboo.

Their system for handling text flow is weird to begin with (every page is its own Quark document!), but the thing that is giving me fits is making text line up vertically so that all the columns have text that lines up on the bottom. The simple solution to this is to vertically justify everything. Unfortunately, that screws with the line spacing on the last column of stories. I can individually lead each column so that the text lines up at the bottom, but sometimes that looks really bad, too. Further, there's only so much kerning and tracking one can do before a story is typographically a mess. Also, the reporters are not big on having text cut and they're REALLY big on adding chunks of text to stories that already flow well vertically.

Their production schedule is so fast that I can't really tweak everything so it looks perfect. Is there a pagination and text specialist who could tell me what to do?
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Sunday, February 11th, 2007
4:30 pm
Hi, I'm new. And desperate.
A client of mine spec'd a job to be done in Quark 6. I delivered the high res finals yesterday, and now they want to know where the InDesign files are. (??? Why me ???)

I have the QXD saved to version 5, and went to fire up my old iMac where I have a copy of Version 5 (to open, downsave to 4, then open in InD) but the hard drive literally died right then and there. (why me, pt2) A dead mac is actually the least of my worries right now...

I am desperately searching for someone who has Quark 5, who can open the file, simply downsave to V4, send back to me. I will pay you in cash, an amazon gift certificate, mail you a quart of blood--whatever you want. I am on a Mac, but at this point I will take Mac or Windows.

Forgive me if this question is one you've seen before. Help if you are able, please! THANK YOU!
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Friday, January 26th, 2007
3:17 pm
is there a reference/ or standard for how to use Quark for editorial? i design in Quark and it annoys me when my editor bitches about how i do stuff (like fix the copy he screwed up). he kees saying i was taught wrong and i keep saying i was never taught any of this.
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Monday, November 13th, 2006
12:07 pm
two quark 6.0 questions:

1) i have a book with 100 chapters. i'm synchronizing all styles to a master chapter, but i want to update the master pages on 99 chapters to use the master pages of the master chapter. this is stupidly easy in framemaker, but i can't find a "synch master pages" or anything checkbox.

2) there is a SERIOUS green color shift to my images when i import them into quark. here we see the image in photoshop (right) and on the quark page (left) what's going on?

thanks a bunch for your time and expertise.

Current Mood: baffled
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Friday, October 13th, 2006
10:13 am
can you make transparencies in quark 5?
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Thursday, September 21st, 2006
2:04 pm
QuarkXPress demo installation issue

Hello guys,

I have an issue with installing XPress 7.0 trial on my windows xp pro machine. Basically, the demo version I downloaded and unpacked won't install. After running setup.exe and letting it unpack files etc it will disappear for a minute and then bring up the installation dialog with only "finish" option enabled saying: "the wizard was interrupted before QuarkXpress 7.0 could be completely installed".

Any ideas?


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Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
11:33 pm
Is it worth the upgrade?
Ok, so we all know that Quark 7 just came out... since money is tight and I run a very small home business, I'd like some feedback from people who've already used the new version to let me know if it's worth the upgrade. I was on 3.32 for years, finally upgraded to 4, skipped 5 altogeher and went to 6. I'm running Mac OS 10.3.9 on a 733 mhz G4 (I know, old, but I can't afford to upgrade that too right now). Any opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Current Mood: curious
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
8:06 pm
Quark 7.01 MacBook crashes
SO I got tired of trying to do nice typography with word processors and finally decided to give in and plunk down a lot of money to buy a brand new copy of Quark 7.01 Universal Binary for my new MacBook.

I'm really beginning to regret it.

I ran the installer, which worked fine, and then tried to open the program. Crash. Tried to open again. Crash. It wasn't even possible to get the thing open much less usable.

I call the help line and get a huge runaround that made me very aggravated, so I emailed a report instead. To their credit they did answer in a few hours and said I needed to create an empty preferences folder in the application folder. (There's a high tech bug for you: the application is crashing because it doesn't know what to do when a folder is missing.)

So I create the empty folder and viola, Quark opens. I type a few lines to test it and then Save, and ... Crash. Reopened and tried another save ... crash. Now it will open, but trying to save a file always causes a crash.

I've put in another report and am waiting for a reply. This is the junkiest piece of software I've used in a long time.
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Monday, August 14th, 2006
6:04 pm

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Friday, July 28th, 2006
12:18 pm
align heading outside of paragraph?
hi kids -- here's another thing that's easy in frame that i can't figure out how to do in quark. i want to have a headline outside of the paragraph body but aligned to the top of the first line of both, sort of like this:

am i missing something? or is this one of those things that requires nine steps i wouldn't have thought of?

thanks for your expertise.
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Friday, June 23rd, 2006
12:04 pm
Question for you Graphic Designers!
I've never had any formal graphic design experience/schooling but I got thrown into a position where there is some experience needed. Most of what I've learned is by trial and error.

Anyway, I'm having an issue right now because I need to place a logo on a poster that is approx. 34" wide by 26" high. The poster background is in cyan. When I place the logo on the poster and print a PDF, there is a white background around the image box. Is there a way (through photoshop or some other program) that I could just take the logo and not have a background? I've tried messing with Photoshop but haven't had any luck.

As you can see, I'm having a little bit of a hard time explaining myself but if you want to see what I'm talking about, please feel free to send me an email at into-the-mystic@sbcglobal.net and I'll send you a PDF with the apparent problem.

Thanks for any help you might be able to give me.

I'm using Quark Xpress 5.0 and Adobe Photoshop 6.0.

crossposted to graphicdesign
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Monday, June 19th, 2006
9:36 pm
calling Detroit-area designers!
I'm hiring!

Full time. Mac OS 10. Quark, Illustrator CS, Photoshop CS. Flash a bonus. Mainly print work (programs, brochures, tickets, flyers, billboards, media guides, signage, etc) but some art for our website (there is a separate web staff that maintains the page).

Pay is kinda "eh" (sorry, I have no control over that) but incredible benefits.

Work for championship sports teams and entertainment venues.

Good thing: Your boss DOES know how to use the programs and does appreciate good design.
Bad thing: You couldn't beeotch about me here because I could read it. :)

Pass it on.

x-posted to designrants
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Monday, May 15th, 2006
3:52 pm
Tables in Quark
I am trying to create a table type listing in Quark 4.1 for Mac. I can't think of any way to do this other than create separate text boxes for each column of text, which will be excruciatingly tedious. Is there a table function I am just overlooking???

Thanks, Linda De Rosa
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Saturday, April 15th, 2006
1:11 am
Magazine search?
Anyone know how to look up magazines based on location? The mailing address unfortunately is not always where the production of the magazine happens. I'm looking to apply to their graphic departments, specifically in the NYC area.
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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
7:50 pm
Quark Problem
My company is currently running Quark 4.1.1 in Classic 9.2.2 on G4 Macs running OSX 10.2.4.

We are saving all of our Quark docs on an Windows NT sever.

We need to upgrade our OS to use other software, but when we try to upgrade OSX to anything above 10.2.4 we are no longer able to save Quark documents to the NT server.

Does this make any sense?

I have looked on various forums and read a variety of things involving the difference between AFP and SMB protocols and how one or the other doesn't recognize resource forks.

Is this make sense?

I am only a designer and I am getting the info that an upgrade is "Impossible" from our tech guy. I would very much like to find a solution if for no other reason then to show him up.

Before anyone asks, upgrading Quark is not an option because our client wants all files in 4.
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Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
4:40 pm
is there an extension to extend the workable area in Quark?
ie to make a document bigger than 48"

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