Attributes not supported by InDesign or QuarkXPress
Only Available in QuarkXPress
Some text face attributes used in QuarkXPress are not available in InDesign, as shown, using red highlight, in the image on the right.
In the case of bold and italic, the possibility is there, but requires the selection of the corresponding font name, rather than clicking on bold/italic and letting QuarkXPress automatically substitute the appropriate font.
Opacity is an object attribute in InDesign, meaning that it can only be applied to object, such as textboxes and line objects. It is not possible to specify the opacity of text or strokes in InDesign.
Additionally, the Indents option of the paragraph attribute rule above/below length does not exist in InDesign. Converting a QuarkXPress script to InDesign will often lead to warnings such as message 185255, which can be fixed by replacing the Indents option with Columns.
Only Available in InDesign
Some text face attributes used in InDesign are not available in QuarkXPress, such as skew and overprint.
Some attributes exist in both QuarkXPress and InDesign but are implemented differently.
In QuarkXPress, leading is a paragraph attribute. But, in InDesign, by default, leading is a character attribute.
This means that in InDesign you can apply more than one leading value within the same paragraph. The largest leading value in a line of type determines the leading for that line. However, you can select a preferences option so that leading applies to the entire paragraph, instead of to text within a paragraph. This setting, once set, only applies to newly created frames, and does not affect the leading in existing frames.
Background shading and framing of text
Shading and framing exist in both QuarkXPress and InDesign, but in QuarkXPress text shading and text framing are text attributes, while paragraph shading and paragraph borders are paragraph attributes in InDesign.
However, in InDesign, there is a very complete and powerful set of InDesign options that can be applied to the underline attribute, and which can be used to reproduce most of the effects of QuarkXPress text shading.
Increasing the thickness of a textbox's frame has a different effect in QuarkXPress and InDesign.
In QuarkXPress, the frame thickness grows inward, meaning that increasing the thickness of a box frame will not change the size of that box.
However, in InDesign, the frame thickness grows outward, meaning that increasing the thickness of a box frame by 1 point, for example, will increase the size of that box by 1 point in all 4 directions (making the box 2 points taller and 2 points wider).
In InDesign, it is possible to nest anchored boxes (a box anchored in another anchored box). This recursive use of anchored boxes is supported since September 2022.
XPress tags, as their name indicates, are native to QuarkXPress.
There is a third-party solution from em-software, Xtags for InDesign, which allows for the manual use of XPress tags in InDesign. But, currently (November 2023), there are no plans for Q++Studio to include the automated processing of XPress tags in InDesign, using Xtags for InDesign.
Instead, as the main use of XPress tags is for 5 week minicalendars, for InDesign there is a new native formatting of 5-week minicalendars option which reproduces almost all the options previously used with XPress tags, in a much more user-friendly manner (and which also works with QuarkXPress).
As QuarkXPress does not support Arabic, Q++Studio uses a set of Xtensions to provide all the required features of Arabic (ligatures, flipping, kashidas, ...). This works extremely well for tokens and single-line text at run-time (during diary generation) but is cumbersome at design-time (when working in QuarkXPress manually).
InDesign can be installed with native support for Arabic and this works as well as the QuarkXPress solution at run-time, but works immensely better at design-time, in particular for multiline text.
Below are some tips on making InDesign generate diaries as quickly as possible.
The following aspects of a template have been found to slow down diary generation a lot when using InDesign:
•Rotated text boxes and/or rotated text.
•Linked text boxes, in particular at the end of the diary (page number 100 and above).
The above should be avoided as much as possible.
Generation Options for Optimal Speed
Note that the turn off deletion optimization also applies to QuarkXPress versions 2016-2024.
When using InDesign, the page copying step of diary generation can sometimes get very long when generating diaries with over 150 pages and/or complex page structures (such as linked boxes and/or rotated textboxes).
•For daily or weekly diary scripts containing over 150 pages, set the option to a value around 25, as shown on the image on the right.
•For monthly or yearly calendar scripts, which may contain only only 10-20 pages, but which include multiple layers and objects, try to set the option to a value between 3 and 5.
Topic 185280, last updated on 17-Oct-2023