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Nicolas
01-30-2006, 07:32 AM
http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/seven/beta.html

I hope that Quark is making QXP7 PostScript L2 and L3 compatible.
QXP 6.5 handles PS L1 input and output only!

IMO for a professional Layout app this is a no go.
It is like if Logic or Cubase can't do Midi.

AFAIK 7 can use Unicode fonts and PSD-Files.

But when I read the "Known Issues" I thought not to try it :(
http://www.quark.com/products/xpress/seven/tech_info/knownissues_7beta.html

My guess, if Quark can not correct the issues they are out and gone.


Regards

Nicolas

almaink
01-30-2006, 09:08 AM
What you say? Quack 6.5 is PSLII ready. Th beta BTW sucks! Quack is so out of the loop. The beta doesn't run well on my beige3g/500 but InDesign does just fine. Why anyone would buy Quacks program is beyond me, InDesign runs circles around it.

Nicolas
01-30-2006, 09:13 AM
Hello,

not when placing a "generic" PS L2 EPS ;)
QXPs internal engine is/was PS L1 only.
Also output is PS L1 only, in OS8, 9 the AdobePS or Laserwriter printerdriver is writing QXPs output to L2 or L3 ;)

Production speed is da** good in QXP.
Also if your working on big projects QXP is better IMO.
Next thing if your working since 10+ years with a tool you know all "issues"
and stuff and you know how to bypass those.

IMO ID is great, far better for creatives like designers, but QXP is the production workhorse and the "Butter and bread" app for most printers.


Regards

Nicolas

almaink
01-30-2006, 10:00 AM
Well I always place PSLII eps files in Quack with no issues so I really don't know where you are getting this info from.

Nicolas
01-30-2006, 12:15 PM
From an AGFA Print Drive technician and from a Creo PS-RIP engineer.

If you import an PDF into Quark, the PDF is getting "flaten" to PS L1.
If you place an L2 EPS in QXP, only the "included" L1 code is used.

PS L2 is compatible to L1, if there are not to many ancors for example, the image is working. Also if you open a L2 EPS in Illustrator and save it as PS L2 CMYK EPS cuz Ill is including L1 code ;)

What I realy hate in ID, Corel or other apps, there are functions, filters and stuff that are looking pretty nice but those are not printable or looking different on the proof than on the monitor (like transparency).

Regards

Nicolas