Converting Quark Documents to InDesign

Adobe InDesign can open and convert Quark XPress 3.3-4.x files all by itself, but can’t open XPress files created with newer versions such as 5, 6, or 6.5. To fill the gap, Markzware has released a new InDesign plug-in called Q2ID that does the trick.

This Mac-only plug-in kicks in when you access the File > Open command in InDesign and select an XPress file. In the examples I’ve seen, the conversions were very faithful to the original. No conversion will be 100% accurate considering the two applications have different file formats, text engines, and so on, but if a quick conversion gets you 95% of the way there you’ll be saving a ton of time!

Has anybody else out there worked with this plug-in yet?