Unless something has changed, Quark is still heavily used in the publishing industry, far more than InDesign. But, then again, I haven't dealt with publishing in a while.
Hi drhowarddrfine, don't get me wrong, I'm not having a go at you . . .
I currently work in the printing industry as a pre-press professional and graphic designer (I'm trying to make a career change over to web development 'cause I dont think my job is going to be there in 5 years time)
This is history as I remember it:
There always has been a bit of snobbery between Quark and InDesign (prev PageMaker) users - ie. Only 'true professionals' use Quark. - IMO It's good to know how to use both!
I think you will find that InDesign took over as the leading layout package a few years back when the first Adobe CS suite came out. It's only the diehards who still cling on to quark.
The main difference at that time was InDesign's ability to do transparent layers - there were many other improvements as well and it was a lot easier to learn - Quark lost a lot of users and still haven't come back.
Quark was at it's best with version 4.1 which was rock solid, stable and reliable. Around that time the alternative was Adobe PageMaker 5 which Adobe had just purchased off a company called Aldus. Adobe's main claim to fame then was Illustrator88.
Anyway, Adobe botched up the Aldus software somehow and the company I was working for had a lot of files lost due to them becoming corrupt when you converted the old Aldus files over to Adobe.
We couldn't accept this, so we changed over to Quark (4.1) which we were able to import our old files, do a bit of jiggling and we were right. Quark stayed with that version (maybe some minor updates) for about 3 years and the pre-press people were happy and the printing gods smiled down on a world of stability and happiness. - Quark rested on it's laurells.
During the rein of King Quark the Adobe developers decided to ditch most of the Aldus code and re-write it from the ground up - InDesign was born.
They had to tear me from my darling quark, kicking and screaming to even consider using Adobe again - too many painful memories. But I had to because clients started supplying files in InDesign that sometimes needed editing. I soon realised that InDesign was a far superior product and easy to learn - not to mention the seamless integration with PhotoShop, Illy, DreamWeaver (GoLive), Flash . . . I switched back!
I'm not sure where Quark are at at the moment, but that's irrelevant to me now because now 99% of our clients supply press-ready PDFs (another Adobe product!).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not gunning for Adobe - It actally worries the hell out of me that they have become a company of almost MicroSoft proportions! swallowing up smaller companies (ie. MacroMedia) along the way - leaving us with little choice and competition.
I'm wanting to learn Flash at the moment, but at aprox. $1250 AUS. purchasing the software is out of the question. I have downloaded their trial and doing some of the tutorials at the moment - when the trial runs out, I'm not sure what I'll do next.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed my little story.
I apologise if some of the details aren't exact!