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Need Help "Reverse Engineering" InCopy Files Back To InDesign

Engaged ,
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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InCopy CC 2019, Windows 10 64 bit

I recently received InCopy assignment files that I need to "reverse engineer" into InDesign. The InCopy files consists of a single .icma assignment file and approximately 1,100 .icml files - text and graphics. How can I output these from InCopy so that InDesign can open it with the layout preserved? I thought the File > Package > Return for InDesign feature would sort this out, but it's greyed out. 

 

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Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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You can't. What happened to the original InDesign file?

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Engaged ,
Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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Hi Bob,

I got this from a translation company and no one on their end knows where the original InD file is. 


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I'm afraid you're out of luck. The plus side, at least you have all the content and know what the layout is supposed to look like but there has to be an InDesign file somwhere that created this. BTW, the package thing only works if you received a package.

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Sep 16, 2019 Sep 16, 2019

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Ok, thanks for the info! I'll have to copy / paste it then. Luckily, I'm paid by the hour!

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Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

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Hi Bob, what happens if I did receive a package (but not via a shared network, just via email)? Am I supposed to see the package options available? They're all greyed out, too. 

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Feb 18, 2020 Feb 18, 2020

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The only thing you'd see is return for InDesign or package for InCopy (in case there's another InCopy user involved).

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