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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.
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).
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?