6 Replies Latest reply on Jun 16, 2014 10:42 PM by Willi Adelberger

    Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?

    connellmarketing.com Level 1

      We receive many publications that have been produced by Pagemaker. We open and convert to InDesign for our publishing input.  InDesign CC has removed this feature which now means we will have to always keep InDesign 6 installed on our system.

        • 1. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
          Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Don't expect an official Adobe "answer" to this question. This is my opinion.

           

          Anyone who has observed the graphic arts field the last decade or so has seen this coming. According to Wikipedia, "The last major release of PageMaker was 7.0 in 2001, after which the product was seen as "languishing on life support". Adobe ceased all development of PageMaker in 2004 and "strongly encouraged" users to migrate to InDesign, initially via special "InDesign PageMaker Edition" and "PageMaker Plug-in" versions that added PageMaker's data merge, bullet and numbering features to InDesign, and provided PageMaker-oriented help topics, complimentary Myriad Pro fonts and templates. From 2005 these features were bundled into InDesign CS2, which was offered at half-price to existing PageMaker customers."

           

          With the arrival of InDesign CC, the entire application has to be re-written for 64 bit and, on the Mac, using a different set of system calls. The number of people who still use Pagemaker are minuscule, and it wasn't worth it to port the feature over. Since InDesign CS6 still supports importing Pagemaker files there is a route for the tiny number of people who need to feature.

           

          I'm pretty sure that this will not change in the future so you should get used to it.

          • 2. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
            connellmarketing.com Level 1

            There is also another niggling problem that has created a lot of work when moving from Pagemaker to InDesign.  Pagmaker when using any Type 1 fonts were able to hold the roman, italic, bold etc., when importing text from an author as a copy and paste, having set up a body text style.  Now when importing text that has a mixture of font styles and weights converts to the body text set up as say roman, but does not hold the italic, bold etc.  Which means we have to proof read the imported text to carefully convert back to bold or italic all the relevant words etc, within the text. Thus adding considerable time in publishing Journals etc.

            • 3. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              Proper use of character styles in Pagemaker would solve that.

              • 4. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
                Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                This problem appears only, if you don't use Character Styles what you should do. I know, character styles were not available in all versions of PageMaker.

                Workaround could be, export the text as RTF from PM, import this and apply Character Styles in InDesign by script or find and replace.

                • 5. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
                  Doc Maik Level 4

                  Steve Werner wrote:

                   

                  With the arrival of InDesign CC, the entire application has to be re-written for 64 bit and, on the Mac, using a different set of system calls. The number of people who still use Pagemaker are minuscule, and it wasn't worth it to port the feature over. Since InDesign CS6 still supports importing Pagemaker files there is a route for the tiny number of people who need to feature.

                  But what they could and should have done is to extract the import converter part from the older Indesign versions and make a stand-alone converter out of it, for people still working with Pagemaker.

                  • 6. Re: Why has the opening of a Pagemaker file into InDesign CC been removed?
                    Willi Adelberger Most Valuable Participant

                    What for? CS6 can be used for this purpose now and is available to all CC users. Not many are trying to open PM now any more, so no one wants to pay for any development in connection to PM.