One of the more obscure options in Quark’s Print dialog can really help when you have trouble printing to a particular printer — especially after upgrading to QuarkXPress 7 or 8. It lives here:
The “Clean 8-bit” Data choice under Picture Options in the Pictures section tells Quark to simplify the data being sent to your PostScript-compatible printer. By default, this is set to “Binary”. If that doesn’t work, try “ASCII”. This sends twice as much code to the printer, which takes longer, but may simplify the data enough to get the job printed.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.