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And kill the best arrangement software in the deal with of in advance promote share?

*** Heard about the Quark "killer"?

Adobe InDesign CS2. Will it actually "kill" Quark? Adobe has been adage "it will" for the last six years or so, but it hasn't happened. Adobe Pagemaker didn't kill Quark, either, but was as an alternative replaced by InDesign. And InDesign is also at a detached back place so far.

Let's start by maxim that it would be a good idea to wait for any new purchases or "conversions" until the imminent announce of the next adaptation of Quark Xpress.

Some of the skin texture that Quark has unveiled (Job Jackets for example, for workflow reformation and augmented productivity) as part of their new version, in our view are very compelling and offer more value than InDesign.

Other skin are crucial updates that accomplish contemporary needs and put it on par with accessible technologies at present provided by other programs (i. e. clearness support, Open Type font support, etc, so InDesign and Quark have accepted customary features). There are adequate of reviews out there detailing all the new skin of Quark and we cheer you to read them, you will find the new Quark a very convenient ally in your road to productivity.

*** Adobe: positioning a creation at any cost

Recently Adobe acquired Macromedia, for the reason that Adobe couldn't compete with Macromedia's web software, a further area where Adobe is weak. In our view and that of many associates we interviewed, that was the only way Adobe could attain a important arrangement in the web blueprint arena: by business out their competition. The lead Adobe has with Photoshop, doesn't decipher to a lead in other fields.

For the last few years, Adobe has been frustrating to arrange InDesign adjacent to Quark as the guide in the publishing area lacking success.

*** Bundling InDesign: the key approach of Adobe to gain bazaar share

The approach used by Adobe is very comparable to some of the strategies Microsoft has used in the past to eliminate their competition.

It's a well-known fact (painstakingly proven by Microsoft) that among other equipment you can do to gain advertise share, you can kill your antagonism by charitable your creation for free (or way below the real cost of the product) and forcing associates to come by it all the way through bundling or embedding it with other basic software that colonize MUST buy anyway.

Which is one of the reasons why Microsoft has been sued in every fatherland they have sold software. They have engaged continually in proven, familiar unfair and dishonest contest practices; and their "product bundling" practices force regulars to use crop that they would have never looked at otherwise. Adobe is doing the same.

Of course, Adobe can say that InDesign sold alone has a road price. But, like each one else in the field of diagrammatic design, you MUST buy Photoshop, and very likely, Illustrator or/and Acrobat. If you balance the price you must pay for these applications, it becomes cheaper to buy the full Creative Suite. And you get for the same price, InDesign, GoLive, ImageReady, and other clothes that come bundled in for free.

So the location is that associates are in receipt of InDesign as part of a bundle. In other words, for free. See the price association we incorporated to verify this. And don't not remember that the upgrade versions are even cheaper (usually 50% off or more)!.

For reference, just check out the prices: Creative Suite 2 full (includes Photoshop CS2, Illustrator CS2, InDesign CS2, Adobe Bridge, GoLive CS2, Trapeze artist 7. 0 professional, Edition Cue CS2, and more. Only for $1119. 12, the maximum price I found, at:

There are other, much lower prices out there for the full adaptation or the upgrades.

*** Compare with purchasing the character products: the full cost of the retail versions is:

Adobe Gymnast 1 user: $383. 73
Adobe Golive $386. 15
Adobe Illustrator $480. 67
Adobe InDesign $676. 79
Adobe Photoshop $548. 51 (only Photoshop + Illustrator are $1030 at these prices)
The value of the retail goods is $2475. 85. so, InDesign is agreed FREE.

*** Compare with Quark 6. 5 that retails at $707. Upgrades are priced lower.

So, after verifying that in fact we are being paid InDesign for "free" and high and mighty that Quark was lucratively muscled out of the market, for how long do you think that InDesign would continue "free"? not long. It would be unbundled right away, and sold separately. Think of programs such as Premiere, etc.

In this market, eliminating your antagonism means also eliminating the reasons to innovate. Historically, clash proves beneficial to the end user, presumptuous that it is done with fairness, focusing in effect attribute to win the user, as an alternative of resorting to a marketing, sales and big business policy to trick the user into "converting".

*** Cost is a part of the equation

Think about it: entities such as universities need to cut costs, and they teach students the software that they will use in their hope jobs, so being paid the software for free is a HUGE incentive to switch. We have read about some colonize aphorism in their advertising-paid columns that quite a few universities (which ones, exactly?) are axiom that they will soon beat to InDesign (when will they switch, exactly?). That sounds kinda tacky given the fact that you need to know Quark to get a job nowadays, anywhere. The argue being manifested is above all economic, devoid of any convenient reasons in reality mentioned to excuse such a decision. However, that array will liable mark the coming of many designers out there who will expected find themselves area under discussion to having to take further instruction courses to learn BOTH programs. Not funny at all.

There is naught like a "free lunch". So how much does it especially cost to "switch"?

*** Training time: Quark 12 hrs vs. InDesign 50+ hours to migrate, 3-6 months culture curve.

In our encounter of quite a few years if exercise and private/group education to hundreds of students in the use of Adobe / Quark software, the be around exercise time compulsory to learn InDesign up to an far ahead level, is customarily about 32 hours, and involves a much longer exercise curve to befit an connoisseur user (usually 50+ hours) if you don't have any preceding come into contact with with Adobe products, above all if you need to use the integration skin texture of the Adobe Creative suite (Adobe Bridge, etc. ), learn to use third party plugins, styles, fitting facial appearance from other Adobe programs, etc.

*** Mastering the code takes at least 3-6 months of use, after being paid full training.

Most associates who take InDesign badly a sufficient amount to migrate, will spend a lot of time in re-training (see above) and many more months of researching and re-learning equipment (the dreaded "learning curve") will be spent exterior of the education room, figuring out how to do effects that they before now knew how to do well with Quark. That's some very dear "converting". Did you know that it was going to be that long? All that lost time is lost productivity, and as a result lost money (and lost nights), too.

Of choice some users will tell you that they before now know InDesign and it was easy to learn. You bet they were old Adobe Suite users already. Except they are experienced pros, with 10+ years in the field, conscious every nook and cleft of most diagrammatic blueprint programs, acutely Adobe programs, it is VERY dubious it was a short time erudition InDesign. But if they are truly novice users, ask them how long it exceedingly took them to master (if they do) InDesign. You'll be astounded at the answers. Most colonize use barely 20-25% of the program, since education the whole thing is overwhelming in practice.

Compare this with Quark training, where in barely 8 hours or less you can be operational with most course options. Quark cutting edge level is achieved in 16 hours, and authority level in 24 hours. AND you don't need be subjected to with other Adobe programs. In our experience, mastery of the course is at your fingertips, since by and large the whole thing you need to do is fairly easy to accomplish in Quark and there are myriads of tutorials on the Internet documenting every that you can imagine Quark trick.

In other words, guidance in InDesign takes 2 - 3 times more than erudition Quark. And the culture curve is much advanced than Quark, since you need to learn to "integrate" InDesign with other applications that you may or may not know. The novice user will have the hardest time, since he will be estimated to learn not only one but at least other 2 or 3 programs (Photoshop and Illustrator, and lately, Acrobat) in order to be able to use InDesign to its fullest potential.

Which is one of the most overwhelming reasons we have seen continually for ancestors choosing Quark over InDesign over the years: A kid can use Quark. It's easy. In fact, many parts of the border used by InDesign, are very alike to the one urbanized by Quark. Adobe absolute to do clothes the way Quark was doing belongings in order to advance their program.

Why? Adobe had to aim amazing that could be by a long shot correlated to Quark, in order to facilitate the transition from Quark to InDesign, since PageMaker botched to adapt colonize to Adobe's way of doing layouts, as it was a lower-end, very dear and imperfect agenda that couldn't distantly compete with a high-end curriculum such as Quark. For these and other reasons, Pagemaker continually played back to the Quark powerhouse, even to programs such as MS Publisher, which are cheaper and more powerful.

*** Training Costs:

Let's think now about the guidance costs caught up in switching all your designers to the new software. Instruction costs for 2 associates only are more exclusive than export the full Creative Suite 2. That is, from $349 - $800 in arithmetic mean per person, for the 8-hr, 1 day round table only. Commonly 3 days are required, or $2400+ (group) - $5400 (individual), for up to 6 people. In some cases, it can be senior depending on other factors. These are corporate exercise prices, according to the prices of a number of schools in New York that endow with this guidance and don't comprise cutting edge or authority instruction costs, nor do they add in the costs of erudition added Adobe programs, or the integration features. So the real cost of culture InDesign is much senior than Quark. Quark, arithmetic mean instruction price on the streets: $199.

*** Hardware costs:

Now comprise the cost of exchange new computers (since you will need to get a new laptop to run InDesign due to the slow carrying out that the new Creative Suite 2 has if you have a 3 GHZ+ CPU Pentium IV or a MAC G5 with 1 - 2GB RAM or more computer). If you have a 2GHZ and 512mb ram, fail to remember it, your cpu is not good an adequate amount for the creative suite 2. And don't even think about installing it on your mainframe and run quite a few applications at the same time, or you will be ahead of you for a very long time to do anything.

Because let's face it, older computers (let's say 1 year old) will choke and kill your productivity annoying to run the new Creative Suite 2, and coming up for something to load, and run. You need a new central processing unit to run the software, period. And if a celebrity tries to say otherwise, try to run Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign plus Adobe Conduit at the same time in your laptop, to take full benefit of the "integrated" skin of Creative Suite 2. Have fun ahead of you while your antagonism is advertising to your clients. A new MAC laptop with the basic specs will cost you in be around $2000, not counting the price of the warranty for your new computer.

So, after adding the cost of installing and being paid your colonize and gear up to speed in the migration to InDesign, you will have spent in be around about $5000 or more per user, together with the licensing and the de rigueur hardware, etc. This is far, far more dear than just upgrading to the next adaptation of Quark. If you are a medium-sized company, it's going to be, let's say a hundred thousand dollars in training, erudition curve, lost productivity expenses, new equipment, and software licenses. If you are a large corporation, your cost is in the millions. Yay!

Did you think about that one yet?

*** Is there truly a basis to switch?

Overall, compelling advice to decide on InDesign over Quark are challenging to find, even among those who have previously made the jump. We will see what the new description of Quark brings.

Adobe still has to deal with the WHOLE activity being taught in Quark. It would seem clear that Quark is wisening up, civilizing their patron support, asking users what they need, analyzing and creating tools to convalesce assembly flow, and assessment ahead in order to bring enhanced, truly compelling productivity features, and this is a good thing for users.

It corpse to be seen if citizens are going to dump their accessible life-time expertise, spend their money in new instruction and invest in new hardware and software to make Adobe feel fulfilled about their sales and stock profits.

*** In our view, simplicity wins always.

Adobe wants conceive professionals to adopt a far more complex, harder to learn, more exclusive to run and more awkward to carry curriculum (InDesign) over a simpler, easier to use, and much more intuitive program: Quark. That makes no sense.

We think that Anxiety is not certainly a basis to switch. Which is the pet consequence of the marketing line of attack of "the whole business is heartbreaking to InDesign, what are you doing?" that Adobe has been in a row for quite a few years. Why would you button otherwise, above all allowing for that the imminent description of Quark is far more able and productivity-enhancing than InDesign? We think Quark is existing up to their promises and will consign a aloof product. We shall see if they control to do what they have promised.

Right now, don't buy whatever thing if not you have a very detail and distinct need that ONLY InDesign could probably satisfy, and that will not be provided in an future account of Quark. What might that be?

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by Sherwin Steele and Galina Arlov

Sherwin Steele is a Compact disk and IT knowledgeable with more than 15 years of come into contact with in the field, CEO of a conglomerate Marketing & web business and he is also a conceive educator at a celebrated aim educate in NYC. http://www. ptedu. com

Galina Arlov is an E-Business Expert and a architect and come to grief of Valor Cross Media,http://www. valorcrossmedia. com a Web Site Services, E-Marketing and Online Publicity business based in New York City on the Upper East Side

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