I can’t speak as to how Quark is now, but when I got this job 4 years ago, they were/are on PCs using Indesign. If you have a good instructor, they’ll help you realize everything from Quark works almost exactly the same in Indesign, just with a different label. i.e. runaround=text wrap. You can even set your shortcuts to be Quark’s shortcuts, but I stopped because it was messing me up between all the PC/Mac and ILL/PS/ID. (I still use Mac at home)
Text wrap is the thing in Indesign which still occasionally trips me up. Instead of treating every object as a piece of paper laid down on the board and the paper on top has dominant run around, all the objects can have their own settings and any one of them can be the dominant one.
We use a CMS system. If this is what you’re new to, it would be the thing that’s sounding complicated to you. It creates a link between the Incopy doc (text in the article) similar to a link that a placed image has. So everytime the editor works on text, we’ll know and be reminded to ‘refresh’ the article. Every text box has a label (head, deck, body, etc.) and every paragraph in those boxes uses paragraph styles (head, deck, body, subhead, etc). For web reuse, we collect the Indesign and Incopy docs, and send them to another group. I’m told they have templates that use the text box labeling and paragraph styles and it all gets formatted for web automatically. There’s also an email blast thing, but I don’t have to deal with that, I just know it exists because one of my editors has to do several a week.
I was supposed to be in training for 3 days but was done in one and a half.
When I was checking out the new Quark a year ago in the Apple store, it didn’t seem that much changed at all, and they hadn’t copied any of the really cool things that Adobe had done in Indesign. I’m only on CS2, and CS4 is coming out soon, check out some of the videos on Adobe’s site to see the cooler web stuff that they’re including in that version.