Will my Framemaker 2017 .FM files open in Framemaker 12?

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I'm currently using Framemaker 2017 at home, and some of the people at the company I work for are using Framemaker 12.  If I save my work as an .fm file, will my coworkers be able to open them in Framemaker 12 with document formatting intact?

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They won't be able to open the 2017 files directly. You will have to save your files as MIF 2017 and they can open those in Fm 12.

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So if I save a document as a MIF 2017 file, will my coworkers be able to check master pages / formatting and be able to interact with it like a normal Framemaker file, or will it be read-only or have limitations?

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re: So if I save a document as a MIF 2017 file, will my coworkers be able to check master pages / formatting and be able to interact with it like a normal Framemaker file, or will it be read-only or have limitations?

If you have avoided using any FM document features not present in FM12, there should be no problem with full round-trip collaborative work. MIF is merely a human-readable markup that encodes everything in the binary .book or .fm file. This includes Master and Reference pages and their content. MIF files are read/write by default.

Older FMs just ignore any markup they don't support. They may or may not preserve it on re-save.

If you go back far enough, there are intractable issues. FM7 or earlier can't handle the Unicode present in FM8 or later. Expect serious document damage in that scenario.

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As per Bob, yes, as long as you limit yourself to features found in Fm 12. Since this sound like MIF is new to you here is a brief description from Adobe:

MIF (Maker Interchange Format) is a group of ASCII statements that create an easily parsed, readable text file of all

the text, graphics, formatting, and layout constructs that Adobe® FrameMaker® understands. Because MIF is an alternative

representation of a FrameMaker document, it allows FrameMaker and other applications to exchange information

while preserving graphics, document content, and format.

Hope that helps.

~Barb

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