you just open an IDML file *.idml with InDesign's "Open" command.
Thankful for help, but I'm getting conflicting answers.
According to the IDML Specification document I am creating an folder structure that gets zipped (compressed). The folder structure contains:
IDML (folder which contains the following:)
MIMETYPE (which contains 'text/xml')
XML (folder which contains:)
The image1.jpg and image2.jpg files are references using <img src="image1.jpg"/> tags within the backingstory_2.xml <content></content> tags, at the end of the story.
Nothing about this has an .idml extension.
InDesign, File: Open does not open a .zip file.
This was not created with InDesign, it is input to InDesign, according to the IDML Specification document.
Some of the unzipped contents will import into InDesign and will show in a way that they may be included in a new Document. But the images are not coming across with the backing story content.
Help is desired and appreciated!
Thanks for that direction!
true, InDesign will not look into a *zip file, even if the contents is the one of an *.idml package file.
What you can do: Rename the zip package *.idml .
Then, if properly packaged and all contents is according to the specs, InDesign should open the package and convert its contents to an unnamed InDesign document file.
If you create a new InDesign document and export it to IDML a *.idml package is written.
Now rename the *.idml file to *.zip, crack open the zip and inspect its folder and file structure.
Now the folder/file structure for a one page InDesign file exported (no contents, just one single blank page) is something like this:
Yes, your response answered for me what I did not know that the zip compressed folder with an extension of .idml instead of .zip should do what I was trying to do.
My folder structure is simpler than what you show because we are only passing backing stories and some related images to InDesign.
Having said that, I'd like InDesign to maintain the story ID's I send to it. Can you response with a functional example of backingstory_story1.xml story naming/numbering that InDesign will use and return after the backing stories have all been placed?
I need to validate an IDML file.
Where can I download the SDK components that will validate it?