IT Enquirer report compares productivity, creativity, and efficiency in QuarkXPress and InDesign
Penryn, Great-Britain / Antwerp, Belgium - June 29, 2007 - The IT Enquirer, a leading graphics industry website, has just released the results of an in-depth report comparing the most important functionality in QuarkXPress 7 and Adobe InDesign CS3, focusing in particular on productivity, creativity, and efficiency. The aim of the report was to measure the time taken for identical tasks to be performed in each application and to assess the qualitative differences between the two applications.
In relation to speed the report found that QuarkXPress performed better in 79% of the tests compared to 21% for InDesign. It was also determined that QuarkXPress 7 has better support for design departments where more than one person needs to control and manage the layout process by offering support for Job Jackets, Composition Zones and sharing colour management elements. InDesign CS3 was seen to have better support for fast table formatting and long-document features.
“In some areas, QuarkXPress 7 is faster, supporting the creative process better by including within the application the most needed creative tools and effects. On the other hand, InDesign CS3 offers better support and is faster in crucial areas such as table styling, XML, and Object Styles,” said Erik Vlietinck, publisher of IT-Enquirer and writer of the report.
In terms of qualitative features, the analyst found that users can perform many tasks without opening extra palettes in QuarkXPress 7. Quark XPert Tools Pro XTensions, which come free of charge with QuarkXPress 7, are said to increase QuarkXPress’s overall efficiency, but have palettes that do not integrate well visually with the other interface elements in the program.
“InDesign CS3 has a more aesthetically pleasing interface and a more obvious access to its graphic tools and effects. But creative tools in InDesign CS3 are often implemented as a link to the external applications in the Creative Suite, costing extra time to perform tasks that could be done within the program — as shown by QuarkXPress 7,” according to Erik Vlietinck.
In a number of areas, the analyst was surprised to find that InDesign CS3 isn’t up to the requirements of professional prepress users.
The report concludes that QuarkXPress 7 is equipped for vertical and horizontal layout markets: print, web, Flash,mobile content, etc. Because of its many products it must sell, Adobe is forced to deliver InDesign CS3 without the cross-media functionality that Quark has built inside QuarkXPress 7. In most areas, therefore, QuarkXPress 7 is said to be offering the best support for professional creatives, with the best toolset for those whose work has to be finished by a deadline.
The Executive Summary can be found at: http://www.it-enquirer.com/main/ite/more/report_qxpvsidcs/
People who are interested to read the whole report, can download link following registration there.
IT-Enquirer is an online publication for digital designers in all industries. It contains reviews, technical background information, and feature and trend analyses in the areas of graphic design, photography, layout design, web design, print production, video production, etc.
Erik Vlietinck has over 12 years of experience as a freelance journalist for magazines in Belgium, the Netherlands and Great-Britain. Besides his journalistic work, he has written manuals for software such as Smart Connection Pro and Enterprise, the Unisys Hermes system, DMPartners’ linguistic editorial system, and technical and market analysis papers for the photo- and large-format printer divisions at Hewlett-Packard and Ricoh.
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