How to import quark files to indesign

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How to import quark files to indesign
There are a couple of ways to import QuarkXPress files into InDesign. (blank boxes image by max blain from

QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign are both page-layout software programs used for desktop publishing. Quark files can be easily opened in InDesign for users who are making the transition between programs or simply want to use both. You can import QuarkXPress files into InDesign yourself or choose a plugin to help with the conversion process.

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    Determine the Quark version that created the file. Open Quark and choose "File" then "Open." Click once on the file you wish to convert but do not open it. The file information should appear in a sidebar or bottom panel and include the name, size, kind, creation date and version it was created in.

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    Convert the QuarkXPress file to version 4. InDesign can directly import QuarkXPress files from versions 3.3 through 4.11. However, if the file was created in QuarkXPress 5.0 or later, you will need to save the document into the QuarkXPress 4.0 format.

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    Downsave the file if it was created on version 5.0 or higher. Depending on your Quark version, choose "File" then "Save As" or "File" then "Export" and "Layouts as Project." Change the version button to the lowest possible for the Quark program you have. If you have Quark 7, save down to 6 or 5. Then open Quark 5 and save the file down to Quark 4.

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    Close the file and the QuarkXPress program.

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    Open InDesign. Choose "File" then "Open" and select the QuarkXPress document. If you receive a warning box, click "Save" if you wish to save the warnings as a text file or click "Close" if you do not want to save the warnings and the file will open in InDesign.

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    Choose the File menu then "Save" or "Save As" to save the file as an InDesign document.

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    Use the Adobe plugin "Q2ID v5 (Quark To InDesign)" if you do not have the necessary versions of QuarkXPress to downsave.

Tips and warnings

  • You do not need to save files from QuarkXPress Passport 4.1x (or multi-language files) as single-language files before converting to InDesign.
  • Be sure to save any images and fonts used in the same folder as the QuarkXPress file to ensure they convert correctly.

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