How to Open InDesign CS6 in CS3

To be able to open an Adobe InDesign CS6 file in CS3 there are a few steps you need to take

  • First you will need to open the file in the CS6 version of InDesign (or CC) and save the file as an IDML file, using the Save As or Export options from the file menu.
  • Then open this IDML file in InDesign CS4 and export it to an .inx file. This will convert the file into a format that CS3 can open.

We do offer a InDesign down-saving service if you don’t have Adobe InDesign CC or CS6 and CS4, to help open the file into the CS3 version.

 

How to Open InDesign CS6 in CS4

To be able to open an InDesign CS6 file  in CS4 you will need to open the file in the CS6 version of InDesign (or CC) and save the file as an IDML file, using the Save As or Export options from the file menu. This will convert the file into a format that CS4 can understand (IDML stands for InDesign Mark-up Language).

We offer a InDesign down-saving service if you don’t have Adobe InDesign CS6 or later, other InDesigners have found this service is very helpful to getting the file into the CS version they need.

 

How to Open InDesign CS6 in CS5

For an Adobe InDesign CS6 file to be opened in CS5 you will need to open the file in CS6 or later and save the file as an IDML file, using the Save As or Export options from the file menu. This will convert the file into a format that CS5 can open and understand. Below is a video explaining how it is done.

If you don’t have InDesign CS6 or later then maybe our InDesign down-saving service will be helpful in getting the file into the CS version you need.

How to Open InDesign CS6 in CS5.5

To open a CS6 file in CS5.5 you will need to open the file in CS6 or later and save the file as an IDML file. This will convert the file into a format that CS5.5 can understand. Below is a video explaining how it is done.

 

If you don’t have CS6 or newer then perhaps our InDesign down saving service will be helpful.

Stock photography – Sell your photos or designs

Do you like to take photos or make designs? If so then you could start making money with your images by selling them on photo library websites that sell stock photography.

First I’ll explain a few terms:
Stock photography – refers to collections of photos that are available for use to designers and individuals for a fee.
Microstock – is a form of stock photography, where the image usage fee is small.
Photo library – A company that sells stock photography.

Selling stock photography to is a great way to earn money online by doing something you love. And with a little bit of effort you can start earning money. Depending on how much time and effort you put in and how large you make your portfolio will make the difference between a bit of extra pocket money or enough money for stock photos to be your only source of income.

How it works: Once registered you upload an image to a photo library’s website and they approve it, then add it to their site. They have thousands if not millions of visits each month by designers, marketing people or anyone else for that matter, looking to buy images to use in their next project, whether it would be a new website, magazine article, blog post, brochure…

If someone decides to use one of your images they pay the photo library and are then able to download and use the image. And this is where you get your money. You get a percentage of what the customer pays for the image. Your cut varies on each websites but it’s usually about 20%-40% of the sale or a fixed rate per download. There are various ways to receive payment, including Paypal. Payment is usually once your account balance reaches a certain limits, between $50 – $100.

The quality of photograph or design they are looking for is higher than the average snapshot but not an unreachable standard. The content of the photo is important, it is stock photography you are creating not artistic photography, which means you should supply images that people can use for projects. To get an idea what a site is looking for, just type any object or search term in their search box to see the resulting images.

Stock Photography Sites: Here’s a list of the top seven Photo library sites which do microstock photos, with a little description of each site. The great thing about these sites is they are free to register and free to submit images. So there is no financial outlay, only your time.

iStockphoto – The original Microstock website, these guys are the leaders in Stock photography and can generate good sales and income of your images. Their standards are high but reach the standards and you will reap the rewards. Fairly long approval time on each image submission. Minimum payout $100.

Shutterstock – With over 10 millions images, it’s one of the largest subscription based stock photography sites but with lots of traffic a good income source. Fast approval of images. tougher than average registration, so make sure you have 10 good images to supply.

Dreamstime – They accept quite a lot of images and a great place to start, with one of the easiest registrations to get started. Minimum payout $100.

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DepositPhotos – A fast growing website with fast acceptance. Minimum payout $50.

Fotolia – This one also has high approval rates and submissions are reviewed and added fairly fast.

BigStock – Another good place to create a portfolio and generate more income. A sister company of shutterstock and credit based rather than subscription based.

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Graphic Leftovers – Fairly new to the game, they have a growing library. With an easy registration and one of the highest % royalties rates, this is a great one to include as a starter of selling images. Although they don’t accept photos with people in.

123rf – Finally rounding of the top 7 is 123rf With less traffic than the others it’s #7 but with quick approval of images and high pass rate it’s worth adding your photos to this site, for any extra income.

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CanStockPhoto – Average earning but worth having your images on, also supply Fotosearch for extra revenue earnings. Minimum payout $50.

 

You can submit to one, some or all of the above listed. There are many other stock sites out there, these are just the top 9 that I use.

The great thing is, once the images are uploaded you don’t have to do anything else, it is a purely passive form of income. The faster you make your portfolio grow the faster your income will increase.

How to Convert Quark Files to Adobe InDesign

This article will discuss how to convert Quark XPress files in to Adobe InDesign. There are 3 conversion methods outlined here and depending on what programmes you have and your situation will determine which option is best for you.

With competition for the number one spot for professional desktop publishing, Quark and InDesign have become incompatible with their files. So if a project changes hands or moves on to the next phase and the same programme isn’t used by each party involved a problem occurs. Luckily there are a few options to convert Quark files to InDesign files.

Option 1 – Opening Quark Xpress 4 files in Adobe InDesign – FREE

The only Quark files InDesign can open are version 4 files and earlier. With this conversion option, what you have to do is open the Quark file in Quark Xpress and ‘back save’ to version 4.

  • Quark 4 files and earlier – Open InDesign and go to File – -> Open, change the format to ‘all files’ and select the quark file you wish to open and InDesign will convert it.
  • Quark 5 file conversion – Open in Quark 5 and go to File – -> Save As… and ‘back save’ to version 4, now you can open this in InDesign. Remember to save the newly opened file as an .Indd file.
  • Quark 6 file conversion – Open in Quark 6 and go to File – -> Save As… and back save to version 5. Then open the new v.5 file in Quark 5 and ‘back save’ to v.4. Now you can open this in Indesign.
  • Quark 7, 8 file conversions – Do the same as above with these versions of files.

Unfortunately for this is the only free option and you need the different Quark XPress programme versions to be able to backward save the files and if you don’t then this option isn’t possible.

Option 2 – Convert Quark to InDesign service – $5 per file

With this option you get someone else to convert your quark files to InDesign files for you. If you know someone with the Quark programmes, ask them and they can do it. If you don’t there is a conversion service, which charges $5 per file to be converted. They will backward save the files, open it in InDesign and email the file back, all within 24 hours. It’s not free but with a minimal fee it will save you lots of time and effort. There are a few out there but this is the cheapest by far and with a quick service. http://www.stokesdesignproject.com/convert-quark-to-indesign.php

Option 3 – Q2ID Plug-in – $199 – £199 (depending on your location)

Q2ID - Quark to InDesign PluginThis is the best option if you have lots of files to convert and don’t want the hassle of backward saving the files or if you don’t have the different Quark versions. Q2ID is a plug-in made by Markzware for Adobe InDesign which converts Quark Xpress v3.3-v8.* files into InDesign files. For Mac or Windows.

Markzware have also developed a plugin for QuarkXpress to allow you to convert InDesign Files into Quark.

Conclusion

None of these options produce a perfect duplication of the quark file but they are a good layout match and all will save lots of time and effort recreating the files from scratch.

You will need to re-link images and fonts, but this is a quick process.