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Any you Mac guys know Quark?

Do I still have any friends here?

11:29 pm on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, I'm back. Print is fun, but I need tech help and you folks are the best. Anyone here know Quark, by chance?

I've taken on a new job and the fast-moving shop uses Quark 4.1. The young staff isn't very savvy, so they have awkward shortcuts to get by. And I'm very, very rusty on Quark after being away from it for five years.

We write a lot of our own stuff, but we also get documents from a variety of sources. The outside docs are copied into MS Word and edited, then placed on a shared server. "Get text" brings the text into the template, but on the stuff we copied from the emails, press releases and web sites, we lose the returns and the paragraphs.

I have tried "save as" Word, save as text, but nothing will hold the paragraph indents and the returns as with the documents we write ourselve in the proven Word template.

From the proven Word template where we write stuff ourselves, the copy flows perfectly. It even will holds many text attributes. The page moves rapidly to the printer. From our contributors, it's a mess--to many returns, weird indents on the paragraphs, and such. I want to have someone clean it up in Word, but even pasted into the template, it's still a mess.

I'd be happy with a procedure recommendations if you don't have a technical solution. As it is, the pages are looking terrible because many errors don't get caught.

Question: How can I prepare text from a variety of sources for Quark where the body copy flows consistently into the format to hold paragraph indents and line returns?

Thanks for the help. I'm an old print guy who went to the web who is happy to be back in print, but misses it, too.


10:10 pm on May 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I know some stuff, but my roomate does his monthly newsletter (500+ mailed copies) on Quark. He started out
on 3.0 and now works on 5.0. I''ll pass on your request and see if he can help you out... Might take a day or so, but I'll give him a nudge .. He's grumpy today, he had a long day.
11:25 pm on May 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think I've got it worked out--tests OK on my home system, but the real world might be something else.

In a nutshell, I import the the MS Word text, select all of the text and hit "no style" on the style sheet. Then I click on the body text style and it drops the correct defaults.

This has got to be pretty basic stuff for someone who knows what they are doing, but it's driving me crazy. The poor staff is working on these weird templates which work, but they don't know why. They are doing HOURS of unnecessary work. Very sad, since we don't have hours to spare.


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