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Quark - which version/training, etc?
Thread poster: Dr Andrew Read

Dr Andrew Read  Identity Verified
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Member (2004)
German to English
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Mar 17, 2004

Dear colleagues,

I am getting a lot of good leads in from clients in the publishing industry, having done projects mainly for agencies up to now.

It looks as if my new publisher clients will want to send me Quark files for me to "pour" the text back into the same format, ready for printing/publishing.

I've not used Quark before, so have no copy of it and am a PC rather than a MAC user.

My questions are:
- Can I get away with buying a 2nd hand copy of Quark Xpress, for example version 4.1? To buy a new copy of version 6.0 is very expensive (around GBP1000!).
- Will I be able to continue working on a PC, not a MAC?
- I share an office with another translator; will we need to get one copy each? Any tips here?
- I am PC-literate and use Trados, DV, etc, but not experienced in DTP. Will I be able to teach myself Quark using, say, a "for Dummies" book, or will I need to pay for a training course (which I can ill afford at the moment)? Any tips for getting up to speed quickly?
- Any general thoughts/experiences on starting off using Quark Xpress and/or doing work direct for publishers from other Quark-proficient translators?

Thanks for your help!


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