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Friday, October 20, 2006

A Little Graphic Complaint

So, this probably won’t interest about 95% of people who come across the front page of ResurrectionSong today, but I still need to get it off my chest.

When exporting a 52-page layout to PDF using QuarkXPress’ built-in export utility, and when that document might contain a decent number of placed images and advertisements, I have noticed one thing:

Damn, this is freakin’ slow. Like I have nothing better to do than wait for spinning beachballs to tell me that the export is complete and I can move on…

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Its funny how we always want more speed. Remember how slow computers were 10 years ago, much less some applications.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 12:03 PM

Actually, it’s true. I can do things on my computer that I would never have imagined when I first started in the industry. I can also do a lot of it cheaper and faster than I could before.

None of which changes the fact that Quark makes me cranky. If this project wasn’t ultimately going to be handed off to someone else, I would have stayed with InDesign--and it would have made one small problem that I’m having into a complete non-problem. Grr.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 12:32 PM

Would it help to print to a .ps file, then distill that?  I haven’t worked with Quark enough to know, but it’s the path I prefer with FrameMaker.

(Of course, I now have to use Epic and distill on a server 5000 miles away, which, technically speaking, sucks, so I feel your pain.)

on Oct 20 2006 @ 02:32 PM

That wouldn’t work for me at all.

The real problem for me right now is that I’m used to InDesign’s export--which has more options and is much quicker. If I was used to distilling on a remote server, I would probably think that the Quirk method was bang-up good fun.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 02:38 PM

See, this is where you should call your local buddies to meet for a beer for 30-60 minutes while you wait (or however long it takes, even if only 10 minutes; you can drink a lot in 10 minutes).

on Oct 20 2006 @ 02:59 PM

It’s true. I can drink a lot in ten minutes.

Andy knows me far too well.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 03:01 PM

I wouldn’t say that I’m precisely “used to” distilling remotely; perhaps “resigned to” would be better terminology.  At this point, I’m pleased if I don’t have to dodge squid when opening Epic Editor.  Did I mention that the license server is 5000 miles away too?  No, I don’t think I did.

Perhaps I will someday.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 03:06 PM

Epic looks like something that my friend Jerry was trying to build (with a little help from me) perhaps seven years ago. We worked for a company that published education courses (books, online, and CD) and each version of the course required a completely sep. build. We wanted to create an app that worked with a single source (XML, of course) for all of the builds; something that would be almost automatic once we had set up all the rules.

The company that we were working for didn’t really recognize the value and never gave us the support we needed to complete the project. In fact, there was some active resistence to the thing.

It would have been fun to have finished that application.

I’m still trying to figure out where is 5000 miles away that makes sense for your server to reside. Someday, over beer, we should talk about what you do for a living.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 03:17 PM

Hint: nearly all of western Europe is about 5000 miles from here.

But I’m definitely up for a beer sometime.  (And we still need to do a range trip.) I’m thinking that might not be the right order, though.

on Oct 20 2006 @ 03:59 PM
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