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I have a file in Quark Express.  I have never used this file or program before.  I am trying to get this file into photoshop so I can edit it.  

I am trying to export to PDF, each time I try to save it I get the following error message:

"To Save A Layout as a  PDF file, a Postscript Printer must be setup to print a a file"

I have read other posts, and see there is a program called GhostScript, but all the links are old and don't work.  I went to the ghostscript website and downloaded something, but cannot figure out how to set it up now.

If you can please help me covert this file I will very much apprecaite it.

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by:evilswan666
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Hi there,

photoshop 7 will actually open a postscript file, so if you save the file as a .ps file

can't remember the option exactly but it's save/export file as ps/eps.. then you can open the file in photoshop and save it as a PDF from there.

good luck!

-the swan.
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I only have the file in quark format.

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by:WebsiteNation
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Try this:

http://www.pdf995.com/download.html

It will create a PDF printer driver. Then you can do File Print and choose that printer. It works from any program and is free. I use it all the time :)
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by:weed
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What platform are you on?
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by:evilswan666
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> I only have the file in quark format.

I realise this - my solution was to save the file from quark as an encapsulated postscript file, then open this file in photohsop to PDF from there.

Quark: File -> Save Page as EPS -> Save
Photoshop: open -> render eps at 300dpi (or whatever you need) and save as PDF.

Seriously, this does work, I do it regularly.
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by:GDoucette
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Ok,  well here is another problem.

I have the demo version of Quark which does not allow you to Save.  So I need to find either a full working trial version, or maybe a Quark book that comes with a trial CD.

Do you know of any of these?
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by:WebsiteNation
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Well, either you will need to print to PDF or get the full version.
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by:evilswan666
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Ok.. that is a problem.

Not sure but I imagine any trial version you get will also have the save function disabled.

The hard truth is this: If you want to work with quark files, buy quark.

Sorry that isn't a great solution, but i can't see another way around it. I would advise against buying quark if at all possible however, as i've found adobe indesign to be better (and cheaper). This is obviously a personal view but i know a lot of design firms are switching to indesign.

The last thing i can suggest is to head over to your nearest college or university and see if they would allow you to use their equipment. If they teach design they'll probably have at least some quark licences installed.

Good luck!!!
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by:WebsiteNation
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If you just want an image of the file and you can't print to a PDF, then you could always take a screenshot as a last resort.
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by:WebsiteNation
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If you want to buy Quark, see if you can find an old version, perhaps on EBAY. Then you can upgrade to the new version at a cheaper price. If you are a student, you can buy the academic version for about $200. http://www.studentdiscounts.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=3208

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by:RobMurota
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If theres a Kinkos in your neighbourhood you can do it there.
As an alternative, you can drop .qxd appended quark files onto Pagemaker or Indesign if they have Xpress filters activated and do your .ps or pdf from there. You may have to IMPORT file depending on how your GUI is set up. Try to get your source to resave the file for you or at least give you editable photoshop elements. You can always edit photoshop elements and if you don't change the name of the file, it will reimport with the same XY coordinates and same percentage.
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by:GDoucette
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Hello all,

I have purchased the full version of Quark.  I have worked on my file.  I want to export it has a pdf.

I go to file > Export > Layout as PDF

A menu pops up it asks me to save, I type a name click save, then I get the error message:

"To save a layout as a PDF file a PostScript Printer must be set up to print to a file".

What to I need to do to get this into a PDF??

Need to do this soon.
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by:leslynf
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You will need to install the print driver for a PostScript Printer. I usually install one of the driver's that is available at Kinko's, so that if I ever need to get it printed there I could; however, just having the print driver installed gives you the ability to do the types of things you are trying to do.

Leslyn :)
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by:WebsiteNation
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Or this
http://www.pdf995.com/download.html

It will create a PDF printer driver. Then you can do File Print and choose that printer. It works from any program and is free. I use it all the time :)
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by:WebsiteNation
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Thanks, I would like credit unless contested.
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I am fine with sharing the credit --

Thank you.

Leslyn :)
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by:GDoucette
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It took me so long to post back, becasue I ran into trouble with my computer and to replace the motherboard.

The followed the instructions in the link to the Quark site and that is what fixed the problem, so the credit should go to websitenation.
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