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Quality issues with conversion - Adobe Indesign Macintosh

I'm currently working for someone who is upgrading from using Pagemaker 6.5 (in Classic) to IDCS2 (in 10.4.3) and has quite a few files to convert. The thing is the files are fairly graphic intensive (lots of high quality pictures and maps and the like), and when they are converted the quality suffers tremendously. Is there anything I can do about this, or will I have to install pagemaker 6.5 so he can run it in Classic and retain the quality? I've read a few posts that vaguely reference possible quality issues, but nothing explicitly. He already bought the CS2 ...

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    Default Quality issues with conversion

    I'm currently working for someone who is upgrading from using Pagemaker
    6.5 (in Classic) to IDCS2 (in 10.4.3) and has quite a few files to
    convert. The thing is the files are fairly graphic intensive (lots of
    high quality pictures and maps and the like), and when they are
    converted the quality suffers tremendously. Is there anything I can do
    about this, or will I have to install pagemaker 6.5 so he can run it
    in Classic and retain the quality? I've read a few posts that vaguely
    reference possible quality issues, but nothing explicitly. He already
    bought the CS2 suite and does a lot with photoshop, and sometimes
    creates pamphlets using pagemaker. He's also a stickler for quality
    (uses no less then 8 megapixel pics). Open to any suggestions,
    including having to bite the bullet and having both installed.

    stewaran@gmail.com Guest

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    Default Re: Quality issues with conversion

    stew,

    I'm not aware of any quality problems with files imported into ID. The
    preview image might change, but ID will link to the exact same images
    that the Pagemaker doent did. It always outputs at exactly the same
    quality as well. If there are any problems there, our shop sure isn't
    aware, and if we were, we'd be freaking out. Basically links are links.
    Whatever is in that link will go out. I believe ID does read the image
    preview and/or header differently than Pagemaker, but that's a simple
    issue of changing the preview quality. If the image header is not
    coming in with the quality you'd like, I'd suggest doing a Photoshop
    bath to re-save them all (InDesign loves .psd file. You will too). I
    hope that helps.

    G-Dog

    gdog05@gmail.com Guest

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    Default Re: Quality issues with conversion

    stew,

    I'm not aware of any quality problems with files imported into ID. The
    preview image might change, but ID will link to the exact same images
    that the Pagemaker doent did. It always outputs at exactly the same
    quality as well. If there are any problems there, our shop sure isn't
    aware, and if we were, we'd be freaking out. Basically links are links.
    Whatever is in that link will go out. I believe ID does read the image
    preview and/or header differently than Pagemaker, but that's a simple
    issue of changing the preview quality. If the image header is not
    coming in with the quality you'd like, I'd suggest doing a Photoshop
    bath to re-save them all (InDesign loves .psd file. You will too). I
    hope that helps.

    G-Dog

    gdog05@gmail.com Guest

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    Default Re: Quality issues with conversion

    Sounds to me like the Pagemaker files had graphics embedded, (bad
    practice to begin with). If you no longer have the graphics that were
    embedded it will take some work to get them to work in Indesign. You
    should be able to export the embedded files out of Pagemaker but just
    as it sounds you will need to have Pagemaker installed to do the
    exporting of the graphics. We have a 4 person graphics department and
    we have 1 G4 workstation with System 9 still installed so we can run
    Pagemaker native and tweak certain PM files that don't convert as
    expected to ID. I would image you will need to do the same for some
    time if you have a number of PM files (as we do) that require changes
    and you don't wish to convert to ID if the changes are minor and the
    conversion doesn't go smooth.

    mkahny@gmail.com Guest

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