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Opening INX in Pagemaker?
Thread poster: Jan Sundström

Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Dec 13, 2007

Hi all,

I wonder if I can deliver an INX file to a client that only has Pagemaker 7 installed. Will she be able to open it?

I don't see any option to "Export as Pagemaker" in my InDesign, so I wonder if there is any way to make the data backwards compatible?!

Thanks,

Jan


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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I'm afraid not... Dec 13, 2007

AFAIK there is no backward compatibility in InDesign, even between the various versions of the same software. Recently I contacted SDL Trados support regarding some issues in the inx process and was told, that inx by CS3 is different as inx by CS2 and it is possible, that inx from CS3 will not be opened in CS2.
But I've never heard or seen a possibility to go back to Pagemaker.
But OTOH buying a Pagemaker is so cheap these days (round 130 Euro), so I would simply buy the software, if I needed it (in fact this is what I've done long time ago).

Jerzy


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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no way to migrate a file? Dec 13, 2007

Jerzy Czopik wrote:
AFAIK there is no backward compatibility in InDesign, even between the various versions of the same software. Recently I contacted SDL Trados support regarding some issues in the inx process and was told, that inx by CS3 is different as inx by CS2 and it is possible, that inx from CS3 will not be opened in CS2.


Hi Jerzy, thanks for your feedback!

I wouldn't take SDL's word for the truth here. According to Adobe, the INX format can be opened between all the InDesign versions, that's the entire purpose of having an interchange format.

Although it's true that features implemented in later versions like CS3 will be lost when opening the INX in an older InDesign version.

Jerzy Czopik wrote:
But OTOH buying a Pagemaker is so cheap these days (round 130 Euro), so I would simply buy the software, if I needed it (in fact this is what I've done long time ago).
Jerzy


This won't help me here. The client already has Pagemaker installed, but I want to be able to deliver a document that emanates from InDesign.

So you're saying there's no way to migrate a file from InDesign to PM, short of copy/pasting between the two programs?!

/Jan


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Don't know the sollution either Dec 13, 2007

J-a-n S-ndstr-m wrote:
So you're saying there's no way to migrate a file from InDesign to PM, short of copy/pasting between the two programs?!
/Jan


Just few days ago we tried hard to migrate Indesign DTP to Pagemaker, no success. And even worst- the next booklet we have to produce is originally made in Illustrator- to paste 8 000 translated words into Illustrator (grrr...- you know, pasting a translated paragraph into Illustrator pastes it in a single line ending some 20 meters to the right beyond your screen... )

Any solution there?

Uldis


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Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Taking the primitiveness of PM I'm afraid the only way is... Dec 13, 2007

to position the text in a PM layout. So you would have to save the text in InDesign as such and then position it in PM.
But InDesign offers you to save tagged text - maybe with some playing with those tags one could translate them (I mean tags of course) to Pagemaker tags. This will certainly go together with how complicated the layout is, but maybe it is possible.

J.


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