Converting old quark files

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Converting old quark files

Postby HvMacca » 20 Jun 2015, 03:12

I'm trying to decide whether it's worth buying a new QuarkXPress programme. But I see a lot of complaints about converting. Have the kinks been ironed out or is there still a basic problem? My version is 4.1, currently running on xp. If it's still a problem, can I still get an earlier more recent 32 bit version?
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Re: Converting old quark files

Postby Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 02 Jul 2015, 06:10

Hi HvMacca,

QuarkXPress 10 and QuarkXPress 2015 cannot open older documents directly. They can only open v7, v8, v9, v10 (and v11) directly. The reason for that is that before QuarkXPress 7 QuarkXPress used an old type engine that didn't understand OpenType or Unicode. So to carry two completely different families of type engines is a lot of fat and could cause issues. Therefore we cut the fat (with QuarkXPress 10).

Of course you might have documents from QuarkXPress 3, 4, 5 or 6 and still want to open them. For that we released QuarkXPress Document Converter, a free download from our website. That converts older files (so pre-7) to v9. Even batch converts if you have thousands of older files. And as QuarkXPress 10 and 2015 can open v9 files, you can continue to work on them.

Regarding 32 Bit Windows, we have decided to go 64 bit only to not have to compromise and to carry two flavors of the same thing. That has resulted in a very fast, very stable QuarkXPress 2015. Unfortunately that means you need to use a 64 bit operating system. For Mac OS X users that is not an issue, for Windows users it means you need to use a 64 bit flavor of Windows. And remember that Windows XP is a risk in itself, as Microsoft doesn't support it anymore and doesn't release security fixes anymore.

So here are your options:
- If you want to stay on Windows XP (32 Bit) then QuarkXPress 9 is the last supported version.
- If you are ready to upgrade your OS to let's say Windows 7, then please choose the 64 bit flavor. Then you can use QuarkXPress 2015.

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Re: Converting old quark files

Postby Jetjock1 » 14 Jul 2016, 16:21

Converter won't convert all files. How do I convert older files and determine quark edition used to create it?
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Re: Converting old quark files

Postby Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 15 Jul 2016, 01:01

Hi Jetjock,

if it is a document from version 7 or above, then you do not need to convert it. QuarkXPress 10/2015/2016 then will tell you in the open dialog which version created it.

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Re: Converting old quark files

Postby Sirish Nair (Quark) » 15 Jul 2016, 03:51

Hi Jetjock1,

Which version of QuarkXPress Document Converter are you using? The latest available version for QuarkXPress Document Converter is 1.1. Kindly download the latest version from Quark Website. QuarkXPress Document Converter can convert QuarkXPress projects created in version 3.x, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x to 9.x version.

Only known limitations:
1. QuarkXPress Document converter is not able to convert legacy projects having only Web or interactive layouts
2. QuarkXPress Document Converter is not able to convert legacy documents which have '.' (dot) in their file names but don't have any of these as file extension (.qxp, .qpt, .qxd, .qxt)
Workaround: Add any of these as file extension (.qxp, .qpt, .qxd, .qxt) to the file name or remove '.' (dot) from the file name.
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