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By Anne-Marie Concepción | Thursday, October 20, 2011

InDesign Secrets: The elusive mysteries of backward compatibility

InDesign-based projects are often collaborative efforts. You may need to share your InDesign document with a whole host of editors, writers, and designers, some of whom may not be using the same version of the software as you are. Unlike Office, Photoshop, or Illustrator documents, which can be opened in earlier versions of the applications that created them with little hassle, InDesign backward compatibility requires that you export your document to a special file format that can be understood by earlier incarnations of InDesign.

In this week’s free InDesign secret, Anne-Marie Concepción shares what you need to do, what you need to know, and what you need to watch out for when converting your document to IDML (InDesign Markup Language) so that it can be opened with CS4, CS5, or CS5.5. She demonstrates the somewhat confusing ‘missing plug-in’ warning that is often just InDesign’s way of telling you you’re using an older version of the program than that which created the document you’re trying to open. Anne-Marie will also show you the things you’ll need to be on the lookout for, like missing previews and matching text. She’ll even reveal how to see the guts of your document in human-readable code.

Meanwhile, Anne-Marie’s partner in InDesign secrecy, David Blatner, has an exclusive movie just for lynda.com members over in the Online Training Library® that shows you how you can use conversion to IDML (or its earlier analogue INX for CS2-CS3 team members) in order to fix format problems that may otherwise confound you.

And we’ll see you back in two weeks with more InDesign Secrets.

• All the InDesign Secrets in the Online Training Library® • Courses by Anne-Marie Concepcion in the Online Training Library® • Courses by David Blatner in the Online Training Library® • Courses on InDesign in the Online Training Library®

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