- What OS?
- What ID version?
- What have you tried and did not work?
- Did you export as IDML or INX?
Sorry - should have expanded a bit more.
- Windows 10
- 188.8.131.52 x64 Build
- Someone suggested opening a new doccument and placing the file into the document - this didn't work as I got "Import failed" error.
- The file was saved as an .indd file. No export was performed.
Anything else you need to know, let me know.
Try to save as IDML, open that and resave as INDD file.
Thanks for that Willi - I can't however open the file ...
Give some more information to the file:
- Content? Many images? File Type of the images?
- Are images linked or embedded?
- File Size?
Did you try Blind Open and Save JS?
You have to save the .js file into
/Applications/Adobe\ InDesign\ CC/Scripts/Scripts\ Panel
(Or to a similar folder on Win)
In InDesign open the script panel.
Double click on that script entry and follow the instructions.
Ok, here is some more information on the file.
The images were produced in Photoshop CC and saved into a separate folder (they haven't moved since I last opened the .indd file). They are linked. The file size of the document is just over 3mb, so not that big really. It's a 16 page booklet.
I have not changed or done anything since the last time I opened (and saved) the file two days ago. I was not in work yesterday and came in today to continue work on it.
I am unclear what to do with those instructions. I have located the folder specified above, but there is just a 1kb file in there which seems unrelated to my document.
As I said, I cannot open the file to attempt any kind of repair. However I try and open it, I get the same error mentioned in the title.
Was this file created originally in an earlier version?
Install that script and let it run. It converts a file without opening it. This is the last chance.
Here is the script:
var _file = File.openDialog("InDesign-Datei"); // Selection of a file
if(_file != null)
var d = app.open(_file, false); // Open the file without showing it
d.exportFile(ExportFormat.INDESIGN_MARKUP, File(_file.fullName.replace(/.indd$/i,'.idml'))); // Export im IDML-Format
d.close(SaveOptions.NO); // Close without saving
Save it as JS file and move it in the Script Panel folder where InDesign is.
Use a text editor, not a word processor to save the JS file.
No Peter ... nothing (as far as I can be certain - that is, I haven't physically changed anything) has changed...
I asked about an earlier version because this sort of thing is not uncommon when doing direct conversions of legacy files.
While I think your file is most likely toast unless one of the Adobe techs asks you to send it in (they are monitoring for this sort of thing lately), you can try the free tool at INDDRecovery — a program for restoring corrupted InDesign documents or you can spend some money and send it to markzware.com: Bad InDesign or Quark File Recovery Submission Form
You will have to go back to your last working version. The file is damaged forever.
I don't have a "last working version", I have a main file that I have been working on.
Totally unbelievable. All that work lost.