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Open them from within CS4 is one option.
Another option is Soxy http://www.rorohiko.com/wordpress/downloads/lightning-brain-soxy/
Another option is to ZIP your CC folder where the InDesign exe or launch file is.
Or uninstall CC altogether.
Thanks - basically it sounds like eternal vigilance is the price of freedom!
I hadn't considered zipping the CC file all the time I'm not actively using it, but that sounds like the best way to go, in that I have to remember to do an action the fewest times that way, so there are fewer opportunities to forget. Very good idea and the one I'm following.
CC will die for me at the end of the month when I finish this current freelance job, I only signed up for a month, not being at all sure about long term. I just don't want to mess up any other files accidentally in that time and then have to subscibe for another month to get access to the more recent program and unmess them.
The solution is even easier. Any double-click file execution is tied to a certain .exe file.
Just rename the CS4 exe file to, like, indesigncs4.exe and assign the CS4 files to it. However, this does not prevent CC from re-directing this assignment to itself...
Via the registry, with the different handler for different CS versions of INDD, there might even be a more comfortable way. But I have no opportunity to check it out before telling.
If you're going to mess with the registry
- create a restore point http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows7/create-a-restore-point
- backup the registry http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/back-up-registry
I absolutely plead with all my heart - don't start changing registry entries unless you know what you're doing - or ask your IT department to take a look.
If you don't have an IT department, then source a good professional that can make these changes.
If any way unsure - then under any circumstances, - do not mess with the registry.
How about starting InDesign CS4 and then choose File > Open from InDesign CS4..?! Forget that double clicking on files, just choose Open from within the applications, it is the better way!
That doesn't work in Windows - at least not the last time I tried.
Even selecting CS4 or other version from the Programs folder - it will still opens in the latest version.
Eugene, maybe you misread F's post. Launching InDesign CS4 and opening the file using File > Open does indeed work in Windows, of course.
Forget that double clicking on files
I couldn't agree more. It's a convenience that has devolved into a bad practice among users who "learned that way." The potential pitfalls of broken and misdirected file associations have spurred so many erroneous "can't open a file" reports. It's a terribly weak OS feature.
InDeed I did misread it.
Just to confirm that using the right click on an icon and choosing Open With.. and navigating to the CS4 (or version number) executable file does not work either.
Eugene Tyson wrote:
Whoa. Nice typographical pun.
I inadvertently do that in my work, like "InDependent".
I must write InDesign about a 1000 times a day!
Hmm, looks like this one will run past my need! All the exe stuff is not for me, like I said, I'm on a Mac.
I acknowledge that I should open from inside the application - but I forget to sometimes, because I "learned that way" it's true, from the 1980s on, when the "Open" panel on MacOS applications was a clunky little thing that was much harder to navigate than the Finder. Now that it is essentially a Finder window with an "Open" button at the bottom I have tried to change, but a couple of decades habit is hard to unlearn. I'm old! And it's when I forget to do it the right way (errr, mostly!) that I'm going to inadvertently get a file into CC. So now it's zipped safely when not in use. I'm a part-time work-from-home freelancer, so Adobe's new business model is largely incompatible with my life, and this is just one example of how. Heigh ho.
Thanks for all the help!
Well exe is windows.
On Mac it's .app or .dmg.
Zipping or stuffing them should stop it.
Well, open files from within the application with File->Open is nasty, because you have to navigate to the file location every time. That's where a file manager like the TotalCommander comes in handy. I rather use drag 'n drop. Much faster.
Doc Maik wrote:
I rather use drag 'n drop. Much faster.
And that's another good alternative to relying on file type association. Either way the host app is already chosen, launched, and running. That's the key.
Interesting though how work styles vary; mostly, I'd speculate, due to personal habits formed around the input devices. Drag/drop is obviously very mouse/tablet oriented, whereas my methods for using File > Open > Navigate > Choose are 100% keyboard-executed. In the hands of the respective creatures of habit, I doubt either is "much faster."
Yes my File>Open commands are all keyboard too.
It's often commented on how bizarre it is to not use the mouse. But I can navigate my entire computer quicker by using the keyboard, rather than the mouse.