A contractor sent in some FM files that I cannot open. He worked on them in a trial version of FM 2019. I only have FM 2017. Is there an easy way to convert the FM 2019 files to FM 2017?
Why on another machine? You can have more than one version of Frame on a machine at a time.
You can, but probably shouldn't, if you want to keep your production environment clean.
FWIW, I always run the last two versions. I've had 2017 and 2019 running together since 2019 was released with no issues.
You can do that in 2 ways :
I did a save as to FrameMake 2017 on a machine with FrameMaker 2019. When I try to open it on in Frame 2017 it fails (saying it was created from a different version of Frame).
Are you really sure that you saved the files as FM 2017?
I know that you can miss this easily.
You can check the version, when you open the FM file with a text editor. In the first line it says <MakerFile 15.0> for FM 2019 and <MakerFile 14.0> for FM 2017. Of course do not save in the text editor!
And of course MIF works as well.
Make sure you are fully patched up in FM2017 when trying to open the "Saved As 2017" file version. If it still doesn't work, go the MIF route.