This past weekend I met a creative individual in the photography business who also dabbles in design. During our conversation the topic of page layout was discussed and the question arose “Who uses Quark XPress these days?” It used to be the industry standard, but where is it being used now? I know both programs offer features that are preferred for one reason or another. For me, (and I’m guessing for a lot of other users) InDesign makes sense because it’s part of the Adobe Creative Suite. I like the fluidity and seamless integration with the other Adobe programs. However, there are a handful of dedicated Quark users out there. So I decided to search around the web and see what reasons people have for being loyal to Quark. While there are various reasons that range from color to transparency to text issues, here’s the bottom line on what I found: comfort level and fear of learning new software. I completely understand. I felt the same way when confronted with the opportunity to try a new page layout program. I had been using Quark for years and had become quite familiar with the program. I can’t remember how or why I came to use InDesign, but I do remember my reluctance at first. However, after using InDesign for a week and realizing how user friendly it was, I decided it was time to say goodbye to Quark. This is simply my take on it. I’m sure there’s a plethora of reasons people prefer one program over another, but my gut feeling is people don’t like change. Maybe you’re a Quark user and see it differently.