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How to open an .idml on a PC when it was created with a Mac

Jul 11, 2013 6:40 AM

I created a brochure for a company in France using CS6 on a Mac. They wanted to edit some of the translations in French, so I packaged the whole project including the original .indd as well as creating an .idml and placed it on an FTP site for them to pick up. They are using Indesign CS5 on a PC and can't open either file. Any suggestions? Thanks, Scott

 
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    Jul 11, 2013 6:46 AM   in reply to 43defense

    The IDML should open on their end no problem.

     

    The only thing I can think of is that they have InDesign Version 5 - which is InDesign CS3 and that can't open IDML files.

     

    They would either need to upgrade to InDesign CS6 or InDesign CC - and open it in the new application.

     

     

    Or you will have to find someone who has CS4 who can export the File to .inx which will open in CS3 (version 5).

     

     

    Realistically - it would be best if you both worked on the same version of InDesign to avoid any hiccups between versions explained here http://in-tools.com/article/whats-with-back-save-to-earlier-versions-o f-indesign/

     

     

    I think if you're supplying the file back a versoin you should also supply a PDF for a view of how it should look.

     

     

    Beyond that - it would be best for them to send the edits to you and you make them yourself and reproof it.

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 6:47 AM   in reply to 43defense

    Mac vs Win is totally irrelevant here. What happens when they try to

    open it?

     

    You say you CREATED an IDML. What does that mean? Unless you actually

    used the file export or file save commands you didn't do it right.

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 6:52 AM   in reply to 43defense

    @Scott – I would recommend an archive file format for sending over stuff via FTP.

    Give them a zip file with everything in.
    They should download the zip first and unpack that on the working machine.

     

    What happens if they try to open the IDML file?

     

    Uwe

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:06 AM   in reply to 43defense

    You keep avoiding the most important question...what happens when you try?

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:14 AM   in reply to 43defense

    Are they trying to open via the FTP site?

     

    Is that what you tried? Opening the folder in the Network for the FTP site files - then tried opening it?

     

    Because that won't work - the files need to be copied to the hard drive for them to open.

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:18 AM   in reply to 43defense

    Can you supply the FTP link here or via PM please?

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:31 AM   in reply to 43defense

    You absolutely can - I posted a link to the reasoning for IDML above.

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 7:33 AM   in reply to 43defense

    A properly created IDML file can be opened in InDesign CS4 or later no

    matter what version created it.

     

    Try recreating the file, something went wrong.

     
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    Jul 11, 2013 12:15 PM   in reply to 43defense

    43defense wrote:

     

    Can you open an .idml file from CS6 in CS5? I don't think you can. Is that right?

    Is CS5 patched to 7.0.4? If not, that could be the problem.

     

    And nobody is using a pre-release or pirated version of ID, right?

     
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