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How to open these files...
.eps and .qxd filetypes...

 3:27 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone,

Some fool client is insisting on sending me these filetypes and I have no idea what to do with them...

Any pointers, greatly appreciated.




 3:29 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

A quick search on Google turned this up:

QuarkXpress = .QXD
Encapsulated PostScript = .EPS


 3:53 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

You need quark for qxd. Most graphics editors will open eps.


 3:54 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

I can't remember for sure but I think I used the Gimp once. You might need the postscript plug-in


 3:58 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

A quick search on Google turned this up:
QuarkXpress = .QXD
Encapsulated PostScript = .EPS

I know what they are. I need to know how to opwn them



 3:59 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

> QuarkXpress = .qxd
> Encapsulated PostScript = .eps

I work with both of these file formats on a daily basis. Actually qxd stands for QuarkXpress Document and eps is stated correctly above. There are two types of .eps...

Vector Based .eps
Raster Based .eps

Vector based eps is generated by drawing programs such as Illustrator. Raster based eps is generated by image programs like Photoshop. They are two totally different animals and cause us much grief in traditional print media. I cannot count the number of times where a client has sent us a Photoshop eps thinking that it would work in a situation where we needed vector based eps.

You can take a vector based eps and size up or down without any quality loss since you are dealing with outlines in the subject matter.

You cannot take a raster based eps and size up, but you can size down.

When it comes to qxd, no other program will interpret QuarkXpress documents correctly, or at least not that I am aware of and I work with the program every day. Heck, there are still issues when opening a PC based qxd file on a Mac and vice versa.


 4:02 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nick_W, I'm sorry if I misunderstood your need. It looked to me like you didn't know what the filetypes were so I figured if I told you then you'd know what to do with them. :)


 4:13 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nick_W, you can use Illustrator, Fireworks or any other vector based program to open the eps files. You can also use Photoshop but it will be translated into a raster based eps and you will not be able to edit the image in vector format.

The qxd documents will need to be opened with Quark, I don't think you have another choice. If you are looking to grab images from the qxd file, you can always have them send it to you in pdf format and then open the pdf in a vector based program like Illustrator. Mind you, all text will now be outlined (uneditable).


 4:35 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Pushycat: No worries ;)

Pageone, thanks a lot!

Everyone else, thanks for the input. Guess I'll just have to tell these guys that not everyone uses a mac. They're a graphic desighn company and I don't believe for a moment that thy can't export these images to a Win/Lin compatibe format...




 4:46 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Nick - there are no Mac vs. PC issues here. You should be able to open those files just fine on your PC. Whether you are using a Mac or a PC, however, you need the right program.

As for the QXD files, Quark for the PC will open them without problem (although there can sometimes be, as noted, font and other problems). I suspect that what you really need is not the Quark layout but the individual components of the Quark file - logos, text, images - which they could easily send to you separately. That would eliminate the need for Quark.

Paint Shop Pro (free trial available) will open the EPS files just fine.

In short, they don't need to "export" them to anything - those are pretty standard graphics formats on either the Mac or the PC.


 4:59 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

You can get a demo of QuarkXPress 5.0 for PC from their site. Then you may be able to export them somehow. You can't print them from the demo, it mentions that it puts DEMO across everything you print.

Just make sure they send you something different in the future.


 5:15 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

>> there are no Mac vs. PC <<

True, but evertime I see these files they come from a Mac user.

Just tested and the Gimp can open and work with .eps files


 5:21 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

One common problem between Mac and PC users are extensions. Although, newer versions of Mac and its supporting software give you the option to append file names, the problem is still prevalent amongst older versions of Mac software.

If you are on a PC and receive what you know is a .eps, .gif, .jpg, .psd or whatever the file extension may be, you should be able to open that file with the program associated with those extensions. The problem arises when you get files that do not contain the three letter extension at the end of the file name; .eps, .jpg, etc...

If the file you received on your PC is void of the ending three letter extension, just right click, rename and add the appropriate extension. But, only if you know that is the correct one. Be careful. If you have your PC set up to associate certain programs with certain file types, an icon for that program will usually appear with the file. If the file came from a Mac user and does not have the three letter extension, then your PC does not know what the file type is and will normally display a default file icon. Add the three letter extension and viola, your PC can now associate the file with the appropriate program.


 6:16 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Did some digging and couldn't come up with anything at all that will work with QuarkXpress files in Linux. On the other hand, there are a ton of PDF files that look like they were once .qxd format, so I bet there is the ability to convert these files into PDF format from within QuarkXpress.


 6:19 pm on Aug 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

There is definitely a way to convert to pdf in quark, though it has been a while since I used it.

I vaguely remember distilling quark files or just straight up printing to a virtual printer or something along those lines.


 10:07 am on Aug 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

Type file full-path-to-filename. It usually says a lot of information about the file without considering the extension at all.

For example it can say that a file called passion.scr is an MS-DOS executable (those email attachments).


 10:18 am on Aug 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

As I remember there is a plugin for Quark that will export pdfs (a product of their chief competitor), but have not used it.

I went through trying to find a way to open a quark file a while back, looked high and low, no luck. There was a Pagemaker utility that was supposed to open older versions, but did not help in my case.


 11:43 am on Aug 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

There is a plugin from Quark to export to PDF. It is called PDF Filter [quark.com]. The people who sent you these files should have it. If not you can take it to a local press shop and have it converted (we have kinkos I don't know whats across the pond). It is a pain in the arse, but it is the way of the world when dealing with graphic firms. You are lucky it wasn't stuffed with no file extensions on a mac zip. If you can't find a local place to transfer the qxd just ask them to convert it and resend.

You can also export quark to xml [quark.com]. There are plenty of options for the design company. They can produce other graphic files as export. What are you going to do with the qxd?

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