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The InDesign Preferences page of the preferences dialog lets you specify how Q++Studio interacts with InDesign.


At the top of the InDesign page of preferences, is the setting Use InDesign, shown on the right, which can be unchecked if you never intend to use InDesign. This will hide all the InDesign related menus and UI elements. This setting can be changed back anytime.


InDesign version used


InDesign Version

This specifies te InDesign version used to scan and generate.


The current default value was set during the workstation installation.


If you need to change the InDesign version used by Q++Studio to scan and generate, you can do it here, or using the instructions here.


Most of the time there should be no reason to change the above default values.


Conversion from QuarkXPress


The Conversion from QuarkXPress group of options assist you, after converting a QuarkXPress script to InDesign, in the handling of attributes and options used in QuarkXPress but which do not exist in InDesign.


use skew=0 to remove italics

This option tells Q++Studio, when generating an InDesign script, to convert any "remove italics" text attributes instructions to setting the text skew to zero. This is a reasonable default that should not be changed as the removal of italics is used by Q++Studio internally to display symbol fonts such as Moon phases or country symbols.

Rule Above


Rule Below

Replace Indents with Column


There are 3 options for the length of a rule above or rule below in QuarkXPress; Indents, Text and Column.


But in InDesign, there are only 2 options; Text and Column. This option tells Q++Studio to automatically convert any Indents option to Column.


From the above descriptions, you can see that some options can be a permanent solution to the differences between QuarkXPress and InDesign, while others will only be a temporary workaround as you convert QuarkXPress scripts to InDesign. In most cases, turning one of these options off will lead to InDesign issuing the message 185090 during diary generation.


Consistency Checks


These settings determine if there should be design-time checking for inconsistent styles and/or inconsistent colors, when using InDesign.


These checkboxes' state can be checked, unchecked or grayed, in which case the warning will depend on the styles and colors warning settings of each particular script.

In the case of color consistency checking, an additional setting is available to specify the threshold in the value of deltaE which will trigger a warning. The default value is 25, but can be increased to 50 to suit your preference.


Turning off these consistency checks does not prevent you from viewing the list of all defined styles and style sheets and/or the list of all defined colors in the current script.


InDesign Shutdown


These settings are used to handle problems that some more recent versions of InDesign have had shutting down after scanning or generating (in particular since version 18.5).


Unless technical support suggests otherwise, we recommend that you leave these settings at their default values, as shown in the image on the right.


Use busy marker


This option, which should always be, creates a busy marker file every time the internal version of InDesign is launched to scan, generate, or export to PDF. This file is used by Q++Studio when InDesign fails to shut down automatically, to determine if the requested actions were performed successfully or not, before InDesign needed to be forcibly closed.


Force paused scan


Use this option if you encounter the aggravating issue of InDesign issuing an error dialog at the time it closes after scanning, even though the scan went perfectly well. This issue occurs with InDesign versions 2023.5 as well as 2024 and above.


Winddown Cycles


This option specifies that, after scanning or generating, but before sending a shutdown command to InDesign, Q++Studio should give the InDesign idle callback loop a few cycles devoid of any instructions, to let InDesign finish doing its internal cleanup.


Default PDF Preset


Use this setting to specify the default PDF preset to use when converting InDesign files to PDF.


Scope of the above options


The settings on this page only apply to InDesign, as there are separate settings on the QuarkXPress preferences page.


See also: InDesign diary generation options, use xtags for paragraph formatting, QuarkXPress preferences, other preferences and searching preferences.


Topic 183155, last updated on 04-Apr-2024