DIT HEB IK NOU OOK!
Regrets of an InDesign Switcher
Perhaps this is an instance of comparing apples to oranges, but I am beginning to regret my decision to switch from InDesign on Mac OS X from QuarkXpress on Mac OS 9.
Oh, sure, features I am truly beginning to appreciate like the marvelous display, the absolutely gorgeous typography, transparency–all that good stuff–are winners no doubt about it. But, after using InDesign exclusively on Mac OS X on a DP G4 450 for the last six months, I had occasion to use QuarkXpress on Mac OS 8.5 on a G3 233 and I was astounded by the speed and smoothness of QuarkXpress on that hardware. Upon navigating a document with the option-click (the same as spacebar-click in ID) I was taken by the fact that I was experiencing none of the jerkiness and screen redraw problems I constantly experience with InDesign in a superior OS on much faster hardware.
I am also tiring of the constant interrupts I get to my work in InDesign. For no apparent reason at all I’ll get that colorful spinning beach ball and have to wait while InDesign figures out what it wants to do. This happens randomly–but recently when I was trying to zoom in on an element when using the command-spacebar-marquee keyboard command for zooming.
My main complaint is speed. Why is it so much slower on much faster hardware? Where is the plug-in that takes advantage of dual processor Macs? Please don’t tell me to lower the display quality or other workarounds of that nature; I might as well go back to Xpress for all of that. I already use thousands of colors when I want to use millions on my monitor.
I need the speed. I need a page layout application that scrolls and navigates smoothly. I’m tired of the random pauses that interrupt my workflow. Adobe, I’d love InDesign to be the Quark killer, but I’m going to be forced back to Xpress because I already have too many interruptions during my day to have to suffer the software’s lack of performance.