Re: Giving up on Xpress
I am a longtime user and advocate of XPress, but unfortunately due to budget was never able to get past XPress 8.5.1 in paid usage. At the time, version 8 was never optimized for PowerPC Macs and that's the hardware I was using.
I also realized that if I was ever to need another job I had to learn InDesign. So, under my own initiative I converted to ID in 2011 at work. Why not get paid to learn the program? I was never going to learn it on my own time.
I set about creating my own XPress shortcuts in ID. Just about everything I could replicate from XPress I did with ID. I even set up the interface so that keyboard commands would work when used (because ID palettes must be open).
It was a hard conversion and there are still things I hate about ID that XPress does better. Problem for me now is, that I am so far behind the curve with XPress that I don't know the tool anymore in it's present version.
But what I discovered is that XPress is oriented towards the keyboard while InDesign is oriented towards the mouse. Since I'm more of a keyboard person this irritates me with InDesign.
But in any case, having experience in both apps allows me to go anywhere.