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Panpa Bulletin : July 2006
SOFTWARE MATTERS KeVIn SlIMP For a while it seemed like eve- ry column I penned had some- thing to do with an Adobe prod- uct. Over the past few months, I've searched for other products to review, not wanting to fa- vour one vendor over another. It's been five months now, so I feel relatively safe in reviewing a utility related to Adobe once again. Q2ID is not an Adobe product. It's a utility from Markzware. You might remember Markzware as the creators of FlightCheck, a preflight utility that's been used by newspapers and oth- ers for quite a while now. Q2ID is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign that allows InDesign to open QuarkXPress files. OK. I can hear you saying, 'I thought In- Design already opened Quark files without a plug-in'. InDesign does open QuarkX- Press files as long as they are version 3.x or 4.x files. How- ever, you might not be so lucky with QuarkXPress 5 and 6 files. Sure, you can open these files in Quark and save them down one version at a time until you get a file that will open in In- Design. As you might imagine, this process can get old pretty quickly. Q2ID allows you to open these files directly into InDe- sign, without having to save them in a compatible version first. To be precise, Q2ID opens Mac and Windows files saved from QuarkXPress or QuarkX- Press Passport 3.3, 4.1, 5, 6 and 6.5. In my testing, Q2ID worked very nicely. Among newspapers I've interviewed that use Q2ID, there was an overwhelming response in support of using Q2ID. I found that QuarkXPress files (I opened files saved in both version 5 and 6.5) opened almost as quickly as native In- Design files with the help of the Q2ID plug-in. Most page ele- ments made it through the con- version perfectly. Sometimes those related to transparency had to be tweaked to get the expected results. And because InDesign won't let you use fonts that you don't have on your sys- tem, fonts that had been bold- ed in QuarkXPress sometimes opened as non-bold fonts in InDesign. What's the bottom line? If I have a newspaper convert- ing to InDesign from QuarkX- Press, I'm getting Q2ID. In our business, we don't have time to mess around with files that don't open as expected. This is one more tool to help alleviate that possibility. Q2ID is now available on both Mac and PC platforms. Minimum requirements in- clude OS 10.2 (Mac) and Win- dows 2000/XP or higher on the PC. $199 (US)/199 (EUR) $249 (CAN)/$299 (AUS). Training for Newspaper De- signers and Publishers Avail- able in October Those of you that know me realise that most of my atten- tion turns to the Institute of Newspaper Technology dur- ing the summer and autumn. I have been directing the In- stitute since 1997 and it has grown to become one of the most respected programs of its type in the world. Classes led by the most recognised train- ers in our industry are avail- able. Topics include training in the latest versions of InDesign, QuarkXPress, Acrobat, GoLive, Photoshop and Creator. Classes for both novices and advanced users are available. Adobe In- Copy, Digital Photography and Page Design are just a few of the many elective courses available. Attendees are in for several spe- cial treats this year, including presentations by Gary Cosimini (Adobe) and Joe Schorr (Apple) related to the future of newspa- per technology. For more information, visit the Institute of Newspaper Technology web site at www. newspaperinstitute.com. Kevin Slimp is the director of the Institute of Newspaper Technology in Knoxville, Tennessee. It’s all just got easier according to Kevin Slimp, who is back reviewing another adobe related product. Designing an easier future In our business, we don’t have time to mess around with fles that don’t open as expected. This is one more tool to help alleviate that possibility. India's leading daily, Times of India, is in the process of mas- sively expanding its press capaci- ties. The world's highest-circula- tion English-language broadsheet daily has entrusted the project to its partner over many years, MAN Roland, a world-market leader in web offset. The consisting 45 REGIOMAN, GEOMAN and COLORMAN printing towers of Times of India will now be joined by one REGI- OMAN and three COLORMAN systems with a total of 22 print- ing towers for printing centres in Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. This gives the Times of India a total of 67 MAN Roland printing towers for full-colour production. The order value amounts to a double- digit million EUR sum. The sys- tems are to be delivered between mid 2007 and beginning of 2008. The Times of India group pro- duces more than five million copies daily, Times of India alone accounting for 3.4 million cop- ies. The product range is comple- mented by titles such as Economic Times, Bombay Times, Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times and about 20 supplements. The part- nership between Times of India and MAN Roland began in 1996 with two presses for Mumbai and Delhi, each system configured with one 4/4-colour and two 2/2- colour printing units. Times of India was established in 1838. To- day there are 15 printing centres nationwide; whose equipment reflects the company's technolog- ically proactive strategy. As in the past, the most recent investment is aimed at ensuring capacity to meet future requirements. Each of the three COLOR- MAN presslines now ordered will be equipped with six print- ing towers and one double folder. The systems are highly automated, and they allow processing webs of varying width. The MAN Roland print- net software for end-to-end workflow networking has been ordered already and will be in- tegrated into the SAP system used by Times of India. Times of India commissions 67 MAN Roland Towers July 2006 PANPA BULLETIN | 41