That error message is indicative of trying to open a file created in a later version of InDesign.
So there is no way to open it? Even if the file kind said it was CS5.5? Also I was able to drag it into Illustrator and it opened but obviously not the program I want to work in.
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First of all, no need to apologize for being a "computer illiterate"! It sounds you are doing just fine, as long as everything is working as it should. I have in excess of 30 yrs of computer experience and I still would not know what to do when the internet drops out, an old file mysteriously disappeared, or Magic Blue Smoke got released and now all it does is "beep beep beep".
As to your problem: some files can be opened with just about any (topical) software at all; some files can be opened with different versions of its designated software. Unfortunately, InDesign is not one of these ... All newer versions can open older files, but older versions can not open newer files.
It looks like you are running into this problem here. You created your resume with CS5.5 but made some alterations to it using the latest cloud based version (which would probably be CC2017), and now you cannot open it anymore with your older version.
There is a work-around, but it comes down to this: someone with that latest version must open your document and save it as a special "legacy" format called "IDML". That will open just fine again for you. (It will always loose the original file name and will be called "Untitled". Usually that is the worst thing that happens.)
Do you still have access to the CC Cloud? If so, I think you can upload your file somewhere and have Adobe convert it for you. If not, you must upload the document to a public server somewhere and post a link in this forum. Any helpful reader can then download your document, convert it, and upload it again.
Alternatively (and possibly safer), you can negotiate in private with any member who is willing to help by moving the cursor on top of their name here and choosing "Message". Then you can safely send private messages, and discuss e-mail addresses and such.
(There are lots of regulars here who are happy to help you along with this! I hope one of them pops up and posts "Sure!" – personally, I'd be glad to but I have very limited access to the latest version, so won't be able to do anything more than giving moral support.)
Assuming you have the correct system specification InDesign system requirements you could download the latest version of InDesign (7 day trial) open your 5.5 document in it. save it as an IDML file then, in theory, you should be able to open it in InDesign 5.5. Make back up copies always.
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I am happy to help with the conversion, but running out to an appointment right now. You are welcome to put the file on dropbox and post a link to it in your reply (public) or hover over my name and put the link in the message (private). I'll take a look at it when I get back in a few hours.
In the meantime, someone else may pop in and be able to help in a more timely manner.
You cannot open an Illustrator file in InDesign and it sounds like that’s what you’re trying to do.
Wow thanks everyone! I was scared that I was going to have to wait days for a response. I do need to adjust just my resume for now. The Interview Project I'll just start from scratch considering the days I lost I've come up with more ideas for the project.
Thank you Jong. Thank you Derek (yes I actually attempted the trial because I didn't understand why cloud wasn't working) so it ran its 7 day course and I can access anymore - maybe thats when I created my resume?
Barb is it ok if I send to you when you get back? But also have a doctors appt I need to run to (you know, before my health insurance runs out). I'm not sure where you are based but I'm EST but if we could do it after 3pm EST if that is ok with you?
Thanks again everyone.
oh no, I dragged an my resume which was INDD into > Illustrator and it worked. But as mentioned I didn't want to have to work on my resume in Illustrator because I'm not that well versed in Illustrator.
Illustrator cannot open InDesign files. I’m not sure what’s going on there.
oops sorry bob you are right, I had a PDF version of my resume. duh. I pulled it into illustrator. Sorry for the confusion.
Thank you everyone! Barb was kind enough to help me convert my resume. Thank you Barb so much I really truly appreciate it.
Happy to help, Donna.