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Converting Scripts from/to QuarkXPress and InDesign

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To convert a script from QuarkXPress to InDesign, or vice-versa, use the corresponding Convert to menu item of the scripts menu.

 

What is converted

 

Script conversion replaces all the references to .QXP QuarkXPress files, of the current script, to references to the same name file, but with the .INDD extension of InDesign files (and vice-versa when converting a script from InDesign to QuarkXPress).

 

This affects the value of the Output FileName property of the Book Format script line, as well as the Quark Filename of all the Quark Pages script lines of the current script (or the InDesign Filename of all the InDesign Pages script lines of the current script, in the case of converting an InDesign script to QuarkXPress).

 

Additionally, the file name extension of each Grid Template used in any of the Diary Grids script lines of the current script will also be changed from .QXD to .INDD (or vice-versa when converting a script from InDesign to QuarkXPress).

 

What is not converted

 

What the script conversion does not cover is the creation of InDesign .INDD files, from the existing QuarkXPress .QXP files.

 

QuarkXPress to InDesign: Markzware proposes well-established solutions to convert QuarkXPress files to InDesign; Q2ID (Quark to InDesign), for Windows, or QXPMarkz, for Macintosh. Both plug-ins give you a head-start on QuarkXPress to InDesign file conversion, although some manual tweaks are almost always needed, to address the differences between QuarkXPress and InDesign document structure.

 

InDesign to QuarkXPress: To convert InDesign files to the QuarkXPress format, the simplest option is to use the IDML Import (InDesign Import) feature, available from within QuarkXPress, since QuarkXPress 2017, without the need for a third-party solution. Other options, are also available from Markzware, are IDMarkz for Macintosh, and ID2Q, whose development has been discontinued, for older versions of QuarkXPress.

 

Conversion Options

 

When you launch script conversion, the dialog shown on the right, appears, letting you choose between converting the current script, or converting a copy of the current script.

 

Convert the current script

 

When you choose this option, the changes of file references extensions from .QXP to .INDD are made directly to the current script.

 

In addition, as mentioned above, the file name extension of each Grid Template used in any of the Diary Grids script lines of the current script will also be changed.

 

If some of these templates are used by other scripts, then this conversion between the QuarkXPress and the InDesign file formats may have unintended side-effects, as it may make other scripts, using the same Grid Templates, unusable.

 

For this reason, we usually recommend that you use the option below.

 

Convert a copy of the current script (RECOMMENDED)

 

When you choose this option, a duplicate of the current script is made, prior to changing all the references to .QXP QuarkXPress files to the .INDD extension of InDesign files (or vice-versa), as well as a duplicate of all the Grid Templates used in any of the Diary Grids script lines.

 

This means that you now have 2 identical scripts, one based on QuarkXPress and one based on InDesign, and that none of the existing Grid Templates, possibly used by other scripts, have been modified.

 

This is the recommended option.

 

See also: QuarkXPress preferences, InDesign Preferences, QuarkXPress tools, InDesign tools.