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    This is more of a rant than anything. Unfortunately, I just found out the hard (and expensive) way that Quark 8's Press Quality PDF export setting uses JPG Low Quality Compression by default.

    Way to go, Quark.

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    I have been burned by that as well in Qx6. It seems that Quark has kept those settings for the new versions as well.

    If you did not have the problem in your prior version, it was because you or someone had edited the setting and kept the same name for it. Learn how to change it to no compression and keep resolution, and tell everyone in your group about it.

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    Least I'm not alone...
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    Are you sure it is Low Quality, and not just Low Compression? Quark's choice of verbiage is opposite what we are used to when creating PDFs via an Adobe app.

    Because of that confusion, I make my own Quark PDF presets where I turn off compression. Makes big PDFs, but at least I won't get burned.
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    That's exactly what I do now and what I meant by writing "change it to no compression and keep resolution."

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    With InDesign, I have custom presets. We rarely use Quark, which is why I was just relying on their default Press-Quality setting (should have know better!). In some cases the images were compressed to less than 1% of their original size. I should have known something was up, based on the overall size of the PDF.

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    Not sure about Q8, but here's a screenshot of Q9's default Press settings. The compression is Low, which in Quark's lingo means the quality is high.
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    Interesting. You are right, the "High" in Quark terms actually created a lower quality PDF than the "Low". So, my initial rant was inaccurate. So, I guess it is just JPG compression, in general, that's the issue. Generally, I use ZIP or no compression at all.

    Still odd, though. Even with the compression being Low, as in low amount of compression. The printed sheets looked noticeably bad and we rejected the run (at our cost).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    Interesting. You are right, the "High" in Quark terms actually created a lower quality PDF than the "Low". So, my initial rant was inaccurate. So, I guess it is just JPG compression, in general, that's the issue. Generally, I use ZIP or no compression at all.

    Still odd, though. Even with the compression being Low, as in low amount of compression. The printed sheets looked noticeably bad and we rejected the run (at our cost).
    Now I'm more confused. Looking at Quark 8's compression settings I noticed that ZIP/JPG are lumped together, whereas InDesign gives you the option to choose ZIP or JPG. Does Quark determine which compression method to use based on some criteria?


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