I’d been a QuarkXPress user since the early days and extolled the benefits on a regular basis to my “PC” friends. When Adobe first took a stab at desktop publishing I was wary. I extensively used Adobe’s other graphic products such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but desktop publishing? No one was better than Quark.
A few years back I upgraded to the Adobe Suite of products, so in addition to the latest and greatest image, drawing and web programs I happen to now own a new version of InDesign. It still took a comment a few months ago from a fellow designer about InDesign’s virtues for me to try it. And now I’m hooked.
Without going into a side-by-side comparison (there are plenty of propeller heads that do that on-line) I will say that the interface is much more friendly. Especially if you’re familiar with any of the other Adobe product interfaces. Typographic features such as Space/Align are far less confusing using InDesign. Image links are so much easier to manage. They also offer full support of transparency in a TIFF file. The list go on –and I seem to discover something new and better the more I use it.
This isn’t necessary a plug for InDesign – wait, maybe it is – but rather a suggestion that if you’re still on the Quark bandwagon, and especially if you already own InDesign but aren’t using it, I would suggest you give it a test drive. Trust me, you’ll like it.
PS. Let’s also not forget that it costs hundreds of dollars less to purchase.