I have been championing InDesign, the Adobe desktop publishing software for a while now. Heres a few reasons why:
- Its easy to use – with a great help section just in case
- Its hotkeys and interface are familiar as they are almost the same as Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
- Its really easy to export PDF’s from it
- You can drag and drop items from Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
- It previews colours and images extremely well
- It gives you superb control over effects and transparency
- Its bundled with the Adobe creative suite and therefore very cost effective
In my view Quark, the traditionalists desk top publishing software, falls flat on its face when confronted with the above. There are many things which Quark just hasn’t been able to keep up with – simple things like an “eye dropper” tool seems to be lacking.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not slating it for the sake of it. I do respect Quark and I use it all the time, o a day to day basis with my full time employer – I just find it lacking compared to InDesign.
Whilst browsing the web one day I came across a site called Quark Vs InDesign. This site deal with all the issues I’ve raised above and is reporting that Quark is at an all time low.
Whilst speaking to a friend who works as a designer for a London based PR agency – he is also in contact with a lot of freelancers which he outsources to – he was supprised to hear I still use Quark in my day job, claiming that most agencies and designers in London have made the switch.
Adobe does seem to be very switched on in regards to InDesign giving loads of reasons to make the switch – and with the new CS3 suite now out it seems that quarks time may finally have come to an end. For some in depth tutorials regarding InDesign CS3 head down to the Adobe Developer Center
So is Quark Finally Dead…
Over to you.
Do your use quark dear reader? Anybody not a fan of InDesign? Is there somehting Quark does that InDesign can’t do? do you want to moan or groan? Leave a comment below…