XPress is simply the best desktop publishing
program in existence. It's used by most professionals
to do design ranging from advertisement
s to magazine
s and newspaper
s. Known for its steep learning curve
and for its power
, anyone who's interested in working in the print media
ought to spend the time to learn it.
The most commonly used objects in a Quark XPress document are:
- Text Box
- Graphic Box
- Text Path
- Line / Rule- A rule is a line that is forced to be orthogonal.
- Guides- Guides are your friends
Some of my favorite features include:
- Style sheets- When working on a newspaper, there are many repetitive tasks such as formatting stories, headlines, jumps, captions, pull quotes, etc. With style sheets, it's a breeze, and there are far fewer errors in formatting.
- Baseline grid- All lines of text on a page should be on the same line vertically. A baseline grid makes this task trivial by insuring that text can only go at specific places. It's hard to explain, except to say that without it, stuff would be a lot more difficult and require more precision.
- Keyboard shortcuts-There are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything. The most useful are the ones for making text bigger and smaller (option-apple-'>','<'). This feature alone makes the program insanely great.
- Document Masters- Standard layouts can be saved and reused. No more worrying that page numbers and document headers will be incorrect.
- Content libraries- Standard elements (feature boxes, photo boxes, reoccuring advertisements) can saved, and indexed and recalled easily by name.
I could go on forever about how Quark
XPress is better than Pagemaker
. Compared to Quark, everything else is a toy. InDesign
is decent, but now and again you run into issues with fonts and other thing
s just when you least expect it. Stick with Quark if you can.
I use Quark XPress while working on The Triangle, the student newspaper at Drexel University, and I do not know what I would do without it.
Note: There used to be a section in here labeled "Major Problems", but it was deleted since they were addressed in Quark 6.