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thcgraphics
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Mac vs PC

Post by thcgraphics » 15 Mar 2018, 12:53

Question... we have a mac that has bit the dust, our company is wanting to replace it with a PC. We use quark for all our page layout jobs... iThere are 4 of us and we all have macs... is there an issue with going between quark=pc and quark-mac? Say I create the job on the mac and someone else may go into it and do client changes on a pc, is that an issue? I say yes... font issues?

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Re: Mac vs PC

Post by Matthias Guenther (Quark) » 15 Mar 2018, 14:15

Typically there are no issues:
1) Your license allows this, as QuarkXPress licenses are cross platform since v7.
2) Nowadays most external assets are available on both platforms

There are a few notable exceptions, one is Type-1 fonts. Never worked well on Windows. However on Mac you shouldn't use them anymore either, way to go on both platforms are TrueType or OpenType. Scripting can be another issue, as AppleScripts obviously do not work on Windows. And some exotic file formats might not work on one platform or the other. Filenames can be an issue too, as Macs allow \ in filenames.

Bottomline: If you use modern workflows, you should not experience any issue.

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Re: Mac vs PC

Post by amckinney » 15 Mar 2018, 14:53

If there are font matching issues, a dialog box will pop up when your PC user opens the file on their workstation. They should be able to still make edits, etc. but if all they're doing is editing type and handing off back to you, I'd recommend you tell them to just click "okay" to the missing fonts box instead of trying to do substitutions.

That way, when the file gets back to you, you don't have to substitute your originals back in. Of course, them not being able to see some fonts might cause some flow changes, but if they're just making text edits, it might not be a major problem.

You could always give them a laser or PDF to see how it's 'supposed' to look.

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Re: Mac vs PC

Post by thcgraphics » 16 Mar 2018, 11:00

Matthias Guenther (Quark) wrote:Typically there are no issues:
1) Your license allows this, as QuarkXPress licenses are cross platform since v7.
2) Nowadays most external assets are available on both platforms

There are a few notable exceptions, one is Type-1 fonts. Never worked well on Windows. However on Mac you shouldn't use them anymore either, way to go on both platforms are TrueType or OpenType. Scripting can be another issue, as AppleScripts obviously do not work on Windows. And some exotic file formats might not work on one platform or the other. Filenames can be an issue too, as Macs allow \ in filenames.

Bottomline: If you use modern workflows, you should not experience any issue.

Thanks
Matthias
Thank you for your response... one more question... if they make us get a pc would we have to buy another license or can we use the same one and just download the one for windows?

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Re: Mac vs PC

Post by amckinney » 30 Apr 2018, 13:05

Matthias already answered this:

1) Your license allows this, as QuarkXPress licenses are cross platform since v7.

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