I am still runninf Pagemaker 7 with Windows XP on 4 computers in the office with no problems but it looks like I will be forced to change. Can I upgrade Pagemaker 7 to InDesign and, if so, which version and where would I go to organise this?
You have to pay the full price because there exists no upgrade path now any more.
InDesign CS6 is the last version which could open PageMaker files.
You can subscribe to the Creative Cloud, you will get both, CS6 to open you PM files and CC as newest version.
If you do switch to InDesign, you should keep your PageMaker handy to resolve any image-linking issues. Best practice is to make sure the PageMaker file has a good link to the image files (not embedded, modified or missing) and you may want to do a save-as in PM (to remove any unwanted code in the file) before opening in ID. You will likely find some differences in the file after you open it in ID, so a PDF made from PageMaker might also be a good thing to keep for comparison.
Indesign CS6 can still be purchased stand-alone. CC subscription is more expensive if you don't need the other Adobe tools.
Quite right. The last 2 messages have pinpointed the problem. It was the soon to be necessary change from WindowsXP that triggered this query. From what everyone says I am going to be forced to spend large wads of cash (which as a small business in a perilous profession I can't afford) to upgrade programmes, probably some computers and who knows what else to replace software and hardware that is working perfectly well? I can always just hang on in there till everything gives up the ghost around me. I have used Pagemaker in various versions now for about 15 years, use it every day and love it. There must be a sensible and economical solution to this but I can't think of it yet?
Creative Cloud is a sensible and affordable choice, IMO. Subscription software is here to stay so I suggest you get used to it.
Wrote a blog post on that topic the other day: http://boblevine.us/why-creative-cloud-subscription-software-is-here-t o-stay/
Read it and you'll see why I think this benefits everyone.
Alan, if I were in your shoes, I would take images of the four working XP installations, toss the hardware, buy new Win7 workstations, and then run XP in virtualization off of those images. Once the images were up and running, I'd disable the ability of XP to touch any of the networking hardware. It's much like handling radioactive material; it's totally safe if you take the correct precautions.
That way, the only way your working environment changes is that you do all of your Internet stuff in a contemporary OS, which you should be doing anyways, and all of the rest of your working environment is completely unchanged.
And let me add that if you purchase a license for InDesign, or choose to subscribe, you'll likely find your productivity is vastly increased in very short order and you won't ever want to open Pagemaker again. ID can do things you've only dreamed of in Pagemaker.