Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Pagelayout Software
- Katie Harper wrote:
>Well Katie, there are several reasons, some of them valid and some of
>Perhaps if there is someone on this list who does imagesetting, he/she could
>explain to us the technical issues/ problems with certain files and why
>these Nazi's are so fussy about Mac v. PC, Quark v. Pagemaker, etc.? Thanks.
The first one is that most people working in pre-press have more
experience by far in outputting QuarkXPress files on the Mac than they
do in almost anything else. So they know what can lead to problems, and
how to fix them.
Analog to this, outputting from other applications is a source of
potential errors, simply because the operators have less experience. If
any conversion is involved, add more potential problems. If they have to
use an unfamiliar platform (Windows), that's another potential source.
So they try to minimise the risk of problems by sticking to what they
Note that this has nothing to do with any inherent qualities of the
software ... perfect files can be made just as well in PageMaker under
Windows as in Quark on the Mac, if the creator knows what s/he is doing.
Another reason is that many shops will try to turn your files into
something they can place in Quark anyway ... there are supposedly shops
using Quark for imposition work ... the mind boggles at the mentality of
The final reason is that many shops just hate spending money and
investing time to learn anything new. The 1992-vintage XPress-based
workflow isn't broke, so why fix it? These are generally the ones still
refusing PDF and demanding open XPress files. And in my view they are
the ones which will not be around in fifteen years' time.
Judging which reasons are valid and which are not is left as an exercise
to the reader ;-)
Gott grüß' die Kunst,
- I just came from an all-day Adobe seminar. Many of the questions that have
been bouncing around on this list were addressed, and I will try to dig
through my notes to pass along the tips I learned. If you have a chance to
see this dog and pony show from Adobe (it's free) I highly recommend it.
It's useful not only to see what the newer technology can do, but to realize
why they are building things the way they are, and how to utilize their
software to increase productivity and efficiency for more fun and fewer
headaches. Most of the day was devoted to In Design, which blows Quark and
Pagemaker right out of the water in too many ways to mention.
They also talked a lot about Acrobat 6 which is due out in May (still in
beta they said) and yes, it will solve many of the problems that have
plagued earlier versions and has way cool new features besides.
on 4/23/03 9:32 AM, Gerald Lange at bieler@... wrote:
> Just a note on this. Acrobat 6 on the Mac, which is now available, is
> not compatible with any OS before OSX. Looks like Adobe is snuggled up
> in bed with Apple again.
>> Acrobat 6 is about to be released. Perhaps it will allow more
>> It will be great when it actually works the way it claims.
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