Need urgent help for InDesign/Quark-issue

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  1. roaldbergmann macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    Hey guys.
    I'm really a fish out of water here. But I'm in great need of some help. But I really don't know if this is he place to get it (maybe you can point me in the right direction?).

    I have a very important InDesign-file (CS5) that's been toasted. I'm getting the notorious (and rare) "error 5"-message. The file can't open no matter what I do. I've figured out that this error could be because I've been copy pasting big images into the ID-document instead of using Place (silly me). I didn't make a backup (stupid me).

    I've heard that Markzware have made an extension program for Quark Express 8 (which i have just downloaded in trial) called ID2Q that makes Quark open ID-files. Even files that have the error 5. My problem is now this: There's no trial version availible of ID2Q and since I'm a student with empty pockets I can't afford to by the software for the aprox. 200$.

    Therefor I'm looking for someone that might have the software lying around and would be willing to get my file (I've put it up on a ftp-server) change it into a quark-file and return to me. I should then be able to open it in ID and save it again as .indd - at least that's what i read around the web is my ONLY solution.

    Looong post, I know. Sorry. Do ANY of you where to get this kind of help?


    Roald from Barcelona
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Nope, that won't work. InDesign can only open Quark files from versions 3.3 or 4-4.1. From QuarkXpress 5 and upwards, Quark locked InDesign out. Like InDesign, QuarkXpress will only save down one version, so even if someone managed to open your corrupted file in Quark 8, they'd only be able to return a Quark 7 or 8 file back to you.
  3. roaldbergmann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    Hmm..? So just get this straight: My InDesign CS5 will not open ANY file that ID2Q makes me, no matter what version of it I use? Coz' in this video it looks possible?
  4. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    You can not open a Quark 5, 6, 7 or 8 file in InDesign without converting it first to an InDesign file, or in the case of a Quark 5 file, downsaving it to Quark 4, and even then, the converted file is rarely perfect and can sometimes be unstable. The workaround that you're proposing wouldn't work as you'd get back a Quark 7 or Quark 8 file which you wouldn't be able to open.

    Always save multiple versions of your work files. Always link and never embed large image files into any page layout file.
  5. roaldbergmann thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    Yes, this will definitely be the last time I don't do backups.

    If I understood you right, it COULD be done if you also use the Q2ID-tool that converts the Quark 5, 6, 7, or 8 file into an Indesign. It's ok if it won't look perfect. I just need something to recreate text, design and layout from.
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Yes, you could go that route, but you need people with both utilities, neither of which I currently use at home. Most places I've worked that have any Markzware utilities like this, usually only have one for converting legacy files in one direction, not both.

    Have you got a PDF of any kind from this InDesign file?
  7. pgm4925 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2009

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