The Debate Between QuarkXpress and Adobe InDesign

QuarkXpress Vs Adobe InDesign Debate 

Quark vs. InDesign 

Short Moment in History 

Since the late 80’s (and early 90’s), Quark and Adobe have battled to see who would reign victorious to become the best choice in desktop publishing.  In the late 80’s Aldus Inc. had a desktop publishing program called PageMaker.  Soon to follow, Quark Inc. released QuarkXPress, which become Aldus’s main competitor.  Throughout their battle, Quark became victorious in the mid 90’s when PageMaker could not keep up with the competition.  In 1995, Aldus was bought out by Adobe, but PageMaker was not to become Adobes main goal.  They had other tricks up their sleeve.  Since Quark become victorious, they slowed production of their software, and slowed updates.  Years later, Adobe came to release InDesign, which is to be the “Quark Killer”. 

The Main Event 

Adobe has made many successful applications.  If it is for web, or print they seem to have covered everything.  With Adobe InDesign, it just adds to Adobes high end line up of programs.  Many who currently use other Adobe products, such as Photoshop, or Illustrator, will notice the similarity in interfaces.  This makes it great for switching from one program to the next, because many of the tools are the same. A great example of this is that you cannot take an Adobe Photoshop file into QuarkXpress, but you can do this with Adobe InDesign.  

Those who are working on switching from QuarkXpress to Adobe InDesign though have had problems adjusting to the new layout and how everything works.  If you are a die-hard QuarkXpress user and you do not feel like giving Adobe InDesign a chance, then you might just want to rethink that.   Many users are switching from QuarkXpress to InDesign because there is a need for it.  With Adobe shooting out new products with great new features every couple of years, you will always be ahead with Adobe InDesign.  To be fair, QuarkXpress has been the industry standard for desktop publishing for a long time, and it is a great layout application.  It all comes down to personal preference in the end.  Like PC vs. Mac, it comes down to how you like the feel about all the pros and cons.

So, what would you choose? 

With Adobe striving to do new and better things all the time, I feel Adobe InDesign is the best choice.  If you are someone that uses QuarkXpress, it is a good idea for you to take a look and get familiar with InDesign.  This goes the same for Adobe InDesign users, learning a bit about QuarkXpress won’t hurt you, it can only help you in the future. 

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Matthew Heidenreich


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  1. Josh
    Posted April 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Article is a bit short, but the conclusion is probably right. I’ve always been a big Quark user but do use InDesign sometimes as well. I usually find them about equal in general use with a few things that each does a bit better.

  2. Posted April 20, 2007 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    yes, it was a rather short article, but when it comes straight to it, its not as much of a compition any more. I have used both for a while, and have almost made a total switch from using Quark. I am hoping with the New CS3, that it will make the changes easier.

  3. William Berry
    Posted May 13, 2007 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    As a designer who has used both, I will say that Quark 4.0 was a solid, if antiquated program. I have not enjoyed using Quark 6 or 7 at all. There are issues with saving if your server is not a Mac server, and I have found both versions to be buggy. InDesign, on the other hand, seems to be a solid program with serious thought having been put into what a designer or production person would like to see. I say all of this after having used Quark for almost 15 years.

    InDesign in the future…bet on it.

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