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QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby Quarkhorse » 07 Jul 2017, 14:24

Dear friends,

When I try to open a book created in QuarkXPress 8, in my current version (2016), it says "Project is Locked," and then something like "Please download the document converter . . ." The converter, though, only deals w/ legacy docs, not docs created in version 8.

Please help?

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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby MikeWenzloff » 08 Jul 2017, 08:36

Hi Jeff,

Hmm. The only thing I would think of for that message (which I have never seen before) would be perhaps if the file system had it locked.

But what happens if you try the Q document converter anyway?

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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby eyoungren » 08 Jul 2017, 11:26

Doesn't QXP 2016 require older documents to be at least version 9 or 10?

I ask because this error usually means one of two things. Either the document version you are trying to open is too low or too high.
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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby MikeWenzloff » 08 Jul 2017, 11:53

Hi Erik,

It's for pre-7 files to bring them to version 9 format. I think.

But, it also needs run on files QXP could otherwise open if there are web layouts, etc., in the file as those stopped being supported in v.10 I think.

The converter is basically a GUI-less version of QXP 9. So anything version 9 could open and consequently resaved as a v.9 file is a candidate.

And the converter has been updated at least once. The newest version on my computer is 1.2 I think.
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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby Quarkhorse » 09 Jul 2017, 15:33

Thanks, Erik and Mike.

The converter actually allows me to find and choose the QXP 8 file, but doesn't seem to actually perform any conversion, nor does it produce a new file.

It's occurring to me now that the several hundred books I've typset, that are in my archives, may not be openable, when a client (as is the case now) needs me to access an old book and prepare it for reprinting.

Does this mean I probably need to rig up an old Mac w/ QuarkXPress 8 on it? That would allow me to open and edit old books, and reoutput PDFs for press, but dang, what I'd really love is to be able to open old books in this newish version of QXP.

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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby MikeWenzloff » 09 Jul 2017, 16:11

Jeff, could you upload one of these files--it wouldn't need any assets--and PM me a download link?

I have version 9 installed on this laptop (and 2016/17) and could see if it would open in 9 and resave it as a 2016 version.

But let me ask for clarification. Is this a book file (that manages individual QXP files) you are attempting to open a single QXP file? If a book file, I may need the individual files as well. All in a single ZIP file.

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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby Quarkhorse » 09 Jul 2017, 16:24

Mike, you're super kind. I'll do so now.
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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby Quarkhorse » 10 Jul 2017, 08:41

Dear all,

You may consider this investigation closed. Mike helped me learn that before I attempt to convert these older files, I need to change a given file's suffix to ".qxd"—I've tried this and it is indeed the fix.

With thanks to Mike, and to you all,
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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby MikeWenzloff » 10 Jul 2017, 08:46

Glad it was this, Jeff!

You're welcome--anytime.

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Re: QXP 2016 / QXP 8

Postby eyoungren » 10 Jul 2017, 11:05

Quarkhorse wrote:Dear all,

You may consider this investigation closed. Mike helped me learn that before I attempt to convert these older files, I need to change a given file's suffix to ".qxd"—I've tried this and it is indeed the fix.

With thanks to Mike, and to you all,
Jeff

MikeWenzloff wrote:Glad it was this, Jeff!

You're welcome--anytime.

Take care, Mike

Guys, I don't mean to nitpick, but .qxd is the OLD file extension. And that is saying something considering the last version of QuarkXPress I worked in was version 8.5.1

.qxd is for version 5 files and below. Stands for QuarkXPress document.
.qxp (notice the 'P') is for version 6 files and ABOVE. It stands for QuarkXPress project.

The difference between the two is that in XPress 6 Quark introduced the ability to have more than one layout in a file. Hence, .qxp for QuarkXPress Project.

Now, lots of designers, including myself turn off this ability but doing so does not change the fact that the file format is a project.

You can get away with naming it as .qxd as you have experienced, because the program will still interpret that. But the correct extension for version 6 and newer files is .qxp.

Sorry to be the Quark police and I know it makes me sound like a tool - but what I've said is the correct thing.
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