What to Expect

It’s wise to check the results of conversion. You could laboriously compare hard copy to what’s displayed onscreen, but here’s a suggestion. After you’ve prepared the file in QuarkXPress or PageMaker, create a PDF from that file. Then, once you’ve opened the QuarkXPress or PageMaker file in InDesign, create a new topmost layer in the new InDesign file, and then place the pages of the PDF in that layer. Turn on and off the visibility of that layer by using the Layers panel visibility controls, or noodle with the opacity of the placed PDF, and watch for problems.

Expect reflowed or overset text, and keep an eye out for shifting graphics. Watch for subtle changes as you toggle the visibility of the proof PDF.

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