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Adobe InDesign - embedding a pdf from quark

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My question is specifically related to Adobe InDesign and how it handles pdf's made by Quark.  I realize that this may be a little out of place, but I was hoping some of you have the privilege of working in or near a high tech art department, and might know the answer to this.

We received artwork from the customer in the form of a PDF that was created by QuarkExpress.  We don't like Quark so we import the PDF into Adobe InDesign on a mac (10.6.5) (Adobe CS 5.0).  It looks perfect in InDesign, but when we export it to PDF from InDesign we get some ugly graphics.  I attached two screen shots that show the distortions that occur after the export.  Again, when we view it in InDesign, it looks good.  (note the registered trademark emblem as well as the edges of the blue circles)
Does anyone know of any settings that might cause this?  I have tried turning off compression and several other settings related to the export.  Are we doomed to use Quark?

If no one can help, does anyone know of a good resource for this sort of question short of paying adobe's per ticket support fee (we don't have a service agreement with them).

Thanks Experts, I have faith in you!
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Sigurdur Armannsson earned 500 total points
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I found this interesting enough to download Quark 9, put in some text and an eps graphic of few circles.
Then made a pdf using the PDF/X-3 standard using 300 dpi default setting.
Placed the PDF into InDesign and exported using a very similar setting.
The circles and the text look very nice, not at all like the png files you uploaded.

Did you convert the text to outlines before making the pdf in Quark? That could raise a problem.
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The text causing the problem in this instance is part of an eps file, which was placed into the quark file. The text in the eps file was outlined...
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This problem very well could have been the outlining.  But since it was a customer file, we will not be able to find out.  Our solution was to open the pdf in Quark and paginate, then export as PDF.  It cleared up the graphical anomalies.  Thanks for your help!
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