January 2008
Vol. 24, No. 1

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PageMaker to InDesign File Conversions
by Steve Giesel

It’s come to my attention that this may be a good time to revisit this topic. If you’re not sure what this is about, you may not need this information. But those of you who use Adobe PageMaker are advised to take note.

Adobe is not supporting PageMaker for Microsoft Vista. This means you need to convert your PageMaker files to InDesign format prior to moving to your new Vista computers. If you have InDesign on your XP computer now, I suggest you make this task a priority, before you receive your new Vista computer.

If you’ve ordered InDesign but don’t expect to have it until you have your Vista machine, that’s obviously a problem. The best solution is for you to download a trial version of InDesign now and install it along side PageMaker on your XP computer. The links below provide you with the relevant Adobe documentation and the place to begin a download process. The documentation outlines 5-6 steps involved in making sure your PageMaker files are ready for conversion, for the smoothest conversion possible don’t skip these steps.

  1. Adobe Knowledgebase article detailing the steps to take, includes a link to a PDF version. http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/InDesign/5.0/help.html?content=WSa285fff53dea4f8617383751001ea8cb3f-6d44.html
  2. Free trial link for InDesign. You’ll need to create an Adobe account if you don’t already have one. https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/tdrc/index.cfm?product=indesign



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