4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 28, 2012 5:20 PM by Peter Spier

    Question about PageMaker files


      Can my old Mac Pagemaker files be open and used in the newer Mac with OS 10.6.8 which my Granddaughter has given me?  If so, with all InDesign versions?  I'm an old **** and this is the first time I'm trying to use a Discussion Group.  How do I know when there is an answer?  Do I have to keep this website open, or check back sometime, or will I receive an Email or phone call?  Please let me know by means other that this site, to get started with.  My Email is [removed by forum host] Thank you,  Gerda May


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        • 1. Re: Question about PageMaker files
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          InDesign will open Pagemaker 6.0 and later. How well the conversion will be is a crapshoot.



          • 2. Re: Question about PageMaker files
            Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

            Bob has already answered the file opeing question in general, but to add some more specific advice it is extremely important that all links be unembedded and brought up to date before conversion or all you will get is screen previews.


            No need to tell the spammers of the world what your email is (I've removed it from your first post). You had to provide an email when you registered, and by default you will be subscribed to any thread in which you post, so you should bet the responses automatically. You can reply by email (please turn off autoquote and delete personal information in your signature) or return to the web page if you have something to add. Emails all come to the web page, not to a specific responder, and are available to the world.

            • 3. Re: Question about PageMaker files
              GerdaMay Level 1

              Dear Peter (if I be so personal).  First, thank you for deleting my Email

              address on the post and saving me a lot of spam.  Further, you were most

              gracious in sending more specifics in regard to the answer of my question about

              using PM files in InDesign.


              However, I am trying hard to understand your instructions to unembed "links" and

              bring them up to date.  However, I have no idea of what links are, are they

              something I would have intentionally done or are they automatic, and something

              of which I have no control over?  How do I locate them?  Are these procedures

              also necessity for using my old Photoshop 6 files?


              I only use 2 Programs: PageMaker 6.5 and Photoshop 6.  I have inherited a newer

              Mac with OS 10.6.8 which has only the basic Mac programs in it.  As you can

              guess, I need to identify which are the proper newer programs to obtain for it,

              with the least bit of effort and understanding.   


              I use PageMaker to write letters, and compose stories for printing in a Club

              magazine.  I also resurrect previous stories, that I've stored through the



              In Photoshop, I fix up new and old pictures for inclusion in stories and also

              resurrect previous photos I've stored on an external Hard Drive, or placed on a



              If you would be so kind to steer me in the right direction, I will be most

              appreciative.  Trying to understand computer things is hard for me, and often

              times unsuccessful.  Please just smile and don't laugh, I'll bet you can't take

              shorthand or bake Dutch cookies, either!  Looking forward to some instructions,

              if you have the time, with many regards, Gerda May.

              • 4. Re: Question about PageMaker files
                Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

                When you import images into a Pagemaker document (File > Place...) Pagemaker can either link to the image, or embed it in the file (making the file larger, but making it unnecessary to have the original copy for output). By default, all images up to a certain threshold, which I no longer remember, were embedded.


                ID does not read this embedded data, but does read the pointers (links) to placed files that are not embedded. You should open your files in Pagemaker, then open the Links Manager from the File menu and do two things: Unembed any images that are embeded, and make sure that any images that are linked but not embedded show as being up-to-date. If you cannot find a linked image all that you will get when opeing in ID is the low resolution screen preview which is generally not good enough for printing. It sounds like you may need to reinstall Pagemaker on the new machine to do that, or open them on the old system and resave.


                I don't do shorthand, but I used to be semi-famous for my chocolate chip cookies.