Aldus PageMaker 4.2

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Is there an InDesign plugin or third party application that will open a Aldus PageMaker 4.2 document?

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Short answer, No.

Longer answer: CS6 was the last inDesign that could handle Pagemaker files, and those had to be version 6/6.5/7.0

Also, Markzware long ago did away with PM conversion tools, but even those I'm not sure handled 4.2 files.

That being said, if you'd like, I can convert it for you.

 

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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That's what I was afraid of. I have 5 files to be converted. They're needed only for archival purposes.

 

See attached screenshot for file sizes. If you're still interested we can use Dropbox for the transfer

 

 

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 1.13.58 PM.png

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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Sure, send me the link in a private message, and I'll take a boo.

Besides the usual caveats about missing links/font issues, there was a major change in how PM handled type after v4.2, so even me converting them to PM6.5 so I can convert to ID will see major text reflow. If you're fine massaging the file back in line yourself, I can do simple quick and dirty conversions.

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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All done. check your DropBox

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Jan 17, 2022 Jan 17, 2022

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I have often found that a PDF of the document, exported to Word, makes a cleaner start than trying to convert from very old app formats. If you have a PDF, you might start with it; if someone still has v4.2 lurking on an old machine, an export to PDF might be the cleanest path.

 

Nothing's easy when trying to get from <2010 to the present desktop. 😛

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (v2 now on Amazon!)

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That's exactly what I am doing as we speak (i.e. PM4.2 > PDF)

 

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Jan 18, 2022 Jan 18, 2022

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Thanks!!!

 

You're the best

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