updated 10:20 pm EST, Wed November 8, 2006
Q2ID v2.0 InDesign plugin
Markzware has released Q2ID v2.0, an update to its Adobe InDesign plugin that allows users to quickly and easily convert QuarkXPress content into a new Adobe InDesign document. The new update enables QuarkXPress files from version 3.3 to 7.0 to be converted for use with InDesign CS or CS2. According to the company, Q2ID (v2) is a one-stop solution that simply imports the majority of the original QuarkXPress features and settings intact into a InDesign file. Users can convert documents with a single-click and the company says that a majority of the intricate details of the document are instantly re-created within InDesign, including page positioning, color models, fonts and styles, images, and text attributes as well as tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes & anchored boxes, pantone colors and other color models. Markzware notes that "conversion isn't perfect" due to the different methods of text rendering. The full version is $200, while upgrades are $100. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 or later.