Back in the day, when I was young and Paul McCartney didn’t so obviously dye his hair, I worked as a graphic designer. I wasn’t an specially good one, but I kinda grasp which colours go together and the importance of white space in a decent design.
I got to learn all about the printing biz, how to scan nicely and how they like things laid out at the printers. I also got to play with Photoshop, PageMaker, Office and QuarkXpress.
And that’s where I found out how much I love using Quark.
I’d spent my entire university career using Aldus PageMaker on a laptop, laying out the Thing Monthly, a ludicrous idea for a student magazine I came up with after drinking too much Baileys one afternoon. So when I went to work for John Alborough back in – god – early 1995, I was put in front of my workstation and told to lay out my first “professional” magazine in Quark. It took quite a lot of learnin’ to get it right, but I got there in the end and now, all these years later, I can use Quark to what I like to describe as a “basic” level.
So it is a pleasure, despite my continued grouching, every year to be allowed to dust down the old gal and produce a leaflet for Jen and her cronies for the Suffolk Show.
This year, as you will be aware, I have replaced my computer and *cough* “upgraded” to Windows Vimto. This, of course, means that my lovely copy of Quark won’t work. It seems that version 6 is not happy with Vimto.
And nor am I.
Because version 7.2 of QuarkXpress (which is guaranteed to work with Bill’s Beast) will set me back $749. Which, at the current exchange rate, is about £360 Sterling. But not according to Quark. Their grey-suited accountants seem to think that a Dollar is currently worth a Pound. Yes, laydeesangennlemnn, QXP 7.2 in the UK costs £749.
Whaaat? I appear to have found the Anti-bargain. If only they’d priced it at £666, we’d have spotted it earlier and alerted the nearest Vicar.