Adobe Illustrator and QuarkXpress

in Mac Software edited January 2014
Is illstrator like QuarkXpress? I guess that is my main question and which do most of you prefer?


  • Reply 1 of 8
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    No, they're two VERY different programs: Illustrator is a drawing/illustration program. QuarkXPress is a page layout/design program.

    QuarkXPress would be more accurately compared to Adobe InDesign.

    QuarkXPress would be used to create books, magazines, catalogs, brochures, etc. It allows you to create multiple pages, master pages, style sheets, TONS of type/text control, etc.

    Illustrator would be used to create standalone illustrations, logos, diagrams, etc.

    Illustrator doesn't have a multi-page layout feature. You just have a single "artboard" in which to create stuff.

    Hope this helps.

    Quark doesn't make a comparable illustration program, so Illustrator would be more accurately compared to Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw and Deneba Canvas.
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Ok cool I'm looking for some thing like QuarkXpress but under OSX.
  • Reply 3 of 8
    warpdwarpd Posts: 204member
    to be honest, the 2 programs have very little in common. Adobe Illustrator, is a vector graphics program, used for creating everything from logos, to full blown vector based art.

    Quark, is a page layout program, it is a standard in the publishing industry, and it is really all about "putting it all together" for print. you would bring in .eps images (made in Illustrator), bitmap photos from Photoshop, and so on, put it all together, add text in Quark, and use the Quark file to go to press.

    The nearest rival to Quark would be InDesign, also from Adobe. It is gaining in popularity, since it is OSX native, and as yet, Quark is not.

    "Which application is for what" becomes increasingly complex, as boundries are being blurred. Photoshop, that would, for years, only do "bitmap" now also does vector art, ala Illustrator... I would suggest buying an intro to graphic/web design book, to delve further into these subjects, as I am no pro. Good luck.
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    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Brian, until QuarkXPress goes OS X-native (I'm suspecting it will be within the decade ), Adobe InDesign is probably the best, most powerful (and popular) solution for professional page layout in OS X.

    I've used QuarkXPress since 1994, but have (six months or so ago?) slowly migrated over to InDesign because I could use it in OS X.

    Maybe QuarkXPress for OS X will be out at MWSF 2003?
  • Reply 5 of 8
    I'm a diehard Quark guy, but since I'm moving over to OS X at my new job, will likely be using InDesign.

    I've heard rumors that Quark for OS X will be out in Jan. 2003.

    I wonder how many others will have switched to InDesign by then.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Thanks, for all your input guys looks like I will be giving Adobe Indesign a try. QuarkXpress is nice but not worth me booting up OS9 for I'm kind of stuff on OSX aight thanks again people.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Brian, Adobe offers a free InDesign 2.0 tryout version, downloadable from their website. Check it out:

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    A good way to test drive and see if it's for you before plunking down money or whatever.
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    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Here's two from the little guys:

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