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Opening Quark 4.x files in OS X (big problem)

Posted on 2003-11-10
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I have a number of files created in QuarkXpress 4.11 which I created using OS 9.2.  Now when I start using OS X and try to open these files they wont open.  I open QuarkXpress (which opens in Classic mode) but when I go to 'File --> Open' and browse to the files' location they dont appear for me to choose them.  When I navigate to their location and double click them to open them I get the dialog box appearing saying 'There is no default application specified to open the document "doc name" so when i click on 'Choose an Application' and choose Quark I get the following error:

The Operation could not be completed.
An unexpected error has occurred (error code -10814)

If I restart the machine into OS 9.2 these files open with no problems at all.

This is getting to be very frustrating as I have to keep switching between Operating Systems and I would rather be able to just stay in OS X.  Can anyone help?? Thanks in advance

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weed earned 30 total points
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Quark 4 in Classic mode is a notorious problem causer. It's rife with issues. Either update your quark, switch to InDesign (BEST SUGGESTION) or boot into 9.2.
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by:markmcelhone
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Have just ordered Quarkxpress 6.0, hopefully this does the trick
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i have just ordered QuarkXpress 6.0 so hopefully this does the trick
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by:spwev1
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ew, quake 6 will work, but you will be back here with other problems. Supposedly 6.1 will be out "soon" and maybe that will fix all the unfinished business left with 6.0. Work flow can't be held up for Quark 6. crappiness. And all the old files still need to be used by others in 4.1, but 6. can't save to 4.1...
Any rate, sure sounds like an issue with files made in 9.2. I never made any as I went from 9.0.4 to X.
But, sounds like you need to convince your computer quark is a valid app.
Does the Quark icon and such show up in the get info box? (command I)
Is it "Locked"? Uncheck that. Who locked it anyway?
Then in the "Get Info-Open With" does Quark show up as the default. If not, can you "choose" it as default? Farther down in "Ownership and Permissions" are you listed as "Read & Write"? You should be.
If still no-go ,you can remove the "XPress Preferences" from the quark folder. It will make a new one.
If not then, then boot into 9 and rebuild besktop. ("Command-Option" while extension icons are dancing across bottom of screen) Click "yes" in dialog that eventually shows up, to rebuild.
If not then, or maybe first, have you tried putting the .qxd or .qx4 after the file name?
Hope that helps.
Let us know what, if any, worked.
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by:lambing
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I second Weed's suggestion to move to InDesign.
ID will open your Quark files, and I have had no problems with InDesign altering the formatting.
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by:markmcelhone
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Well have been using Quark 6 now for a while and with no problems (apart from being slow as hell when printing to a networked printer when the files I am using are on a network including the images contained within.  Is there anything I could do to speed this process up?
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by:spwev1
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Wait a minute. No mention from you how you fixed the opening problem all of a sudden. Whats up w/that
Not much you can do about the network unless you can go Gigabit.
a giga hub with a server on giga will give some relief.
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by:markmcelhone
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Sorry,

I should have mentioned that getting Quarkpress 6 solved the problems of not being able to open the files within OS X and when opened I just saved them as 6 versions and replaced the other ones
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