I found the solution - IDML file won´t open in Trados Studio 2014 or 2015
Thread poster: EL Cavanaugh

EL Cavanaugh
New Zealand
Member (2008)
English to Finnish
Oct 17, 2016

I did all these


and this


and this

I found the solution from here


Close Adobe InDesign on your computer.
Browse to your IDML document.
Highlight the document with one mouse click then press [F2].
Rename the file type extension *.idml to *.zip and press Enter.
Extract the renamed document with either WinZip or WinRar to a folder.
Open your text editor and click on File > Open.
Browse to the extracted folder and open the file designmap.xml in your text editor.
Search for find the field that looks like this: product="10.0 (70)"
Change the line to product = "9.2(70)". This is the highest version that Studio 2014 can recognize at the moment.
Save the changes and close the editor again.
Re-zip all the files and folders.
Change the file extension back from *.zip to *.idml.
Now open the file in Studio 2014.

[Edited at 2016-10-17 22:11 GMT]

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Mario Chavez  Identity Verified
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English to Spanish
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Thirteen steps? Oct 18, 2016

I use SDL Trados Studio 2014 strictly for team projects. To date, I've only used this tool for old InDesign (IDML) projects that a client has already processed for Trados only.

I prefer to do the following:

1) For translating IDML documents, I open the IDML in InDesign CS5, CS6 or CC and make sure I have all the fonts and links (graphics).
2) Then I import the IDML file into Déjà Vu X3 (which is compatible with IDML from any version of InDesign) and translate as if it were any other text-based document.
3) Remember that IDML is, by definition, an exchange format, interchangeable with older or newer InDesign versions.

I always ask the client to send me a PDF file first. That way, at least I have an idea of what's in the document.

Cheers from (currently) Portugal

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EL Cavanaugh
New Zealand
Member (2008)
English to Finnish
Yes for old inDesign files this works Oct 19, 2016

Since the client was already out of office and I do not work with InDesign, there was no possibility to save the NEW format InDesign file into the older format - which would work as you describe. For the new ones these steps are necessary until SDL comes up with the updated plugin. Cheers to you too!

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