NOT a recommended workflow. You can export .idml from CS5 and open it in CS4, and the CS4 file will open in CS5, but if you use any new CS5 features they'll be lost when youopen in CS4. Also the text engines are differnt, so there will be some changes in line endings when you open in CS4, but they won't change agin in CS5 until you put your cursor in a story, which can cause some serious hidden problems. One way to deal with that is to export to .idml in CS4 also and open that in CS5, which will cause all stories to recompose, but if this is a long doc you need to be very careful about oversets and chapter starts moveing to different pages.
Ideas? Yeah....start with upgrading both to CS5.5 and working in a dropbox folder.
Obvious, a bit mean spirited, and not very helpful, I'm afraid. I have no
control over my employer's expenditures, and I'm not about to spend $200 of
my own money to update my work computer to InDesign CS5.5. Even if I were so
inclined, my Mac at home is a quad-core G5 Tower and won't even run the
CS5/5.5 version of Creative Suite as those require an Intel Mac.
Thank you for your very helpful and timely response.
I have CS4 for the Mac at home and CS5 for Windows on my work computer? I keep the work on a cloud server and need to be able to access it and work on it from either location. Any Ideas?
Does this help?
2.5 Portable or Home Computer Use. Subject to the important restrictions set forth in Section 2.6, the
primary user of the Computer on which the Software is installed under Section 2.2 (“Primary User”) may
install a second copy of the Software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable Computer or a
Computer located at his or her home, provided that the Software on the portable or home Computer is not
used at the same time as the Software on the primary Computer.
Since one computer is a Windows machine and the other computer is a G5
Mac Quad Tower (which won't even run CS5 or later, from what I
understand), I'd have to say, no, it doesn't help much. But thanks for
What you call mean spirited I call the truth. It's just the way it is.
What you want to do is filled with so many potholes it's simply not worth the effort, IMO.
I think it is fair to say that the costs of enabling you to work from home should be borne by your employer. Or is there some trade off between you that
you have not told us about?
Well, I didn't think that it was important, but I'm a contractor not a
direct employee. The situation is what it is.