cannot open *.p65 file(s) in Adobe InDesign (version 17.2 x64)

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I cannot open *.p65 file(s) in Adobe InDesign (version 17.2 x64) that's installed on Windows 10. Any suggestions on how to open *.P65 File in InDesign, Any Plug-in Required? Also, How to convert *.P65 File into a PDF file?

.P65 is an older version of Page Maker, which seems to be replaced by InDesign. Yesterday, I installed Indesign but sadly, I cannot open that file.

Kindly suggest. Thank you in advance

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Community Expert , Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

You need InDesign CS6 or earlier to open P65 files. Even if you can find someone to do it, the results could be less than satisfactory.

 

There are folks in this group that still have CS6 so be patient and someone may be able to convert a file for you.

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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You need InDesign CS6 or earlier to open P65 files. Even if you can find someone to do it, the results could be less than satisfactory.

 

There are folks in this group that still have CS6 so be patient and someone may be able to convert a file for you.

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Thank You Bob,

I'm trying to find the older version of InDesign CS6 to install and try.

Can it co-exist with InDesign Latest Version (mentioned previously)?

 

Thank You in advance.

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Also, would it be possible to suggest that how can I convert P65 files to PDF?

 

With or Without InDesign (latest version or CS6).

 

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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If you want a PDF true to the original PM file you'll need to open it in Pagemaker. And for that, I wish you luck.

I'm sure someone is still running it somewhere but I wouldn't count on it from anyone frequenting these forums.

 

As for running CS6 on a Windows 10, well that's a bit of a hit or miss situation. Some folks are doing it without issue and some, not so much.

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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If you have a file or two you need converted, I can do that for you, or I can even just make you a PDF of your current file, with the caveat that all linked files need to be supplied, etc.

Alternatively, if you want to give it a go, download and install the CS6* trial version from prodesigntools.com (assuming your system will install it... CS6 on Win10 is problematic, but possible). This will give you the trial period which should give you enough time to convert as many files as you want and get them into ID v17. Of coursse, you can only run the trial period once. Theoretically it is POSSIBLE to activate CS6 under your current CC subscription, but you might have to contact Adobe and you are at the mercy of getting the right person who knows what they're doing.

Send me a PM if you'd like me to take a look at it.

~ Brad

*it can even be a lower version if you have a computer around that can still run it.

 

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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I checked ProDesignTools.com but I couldn't find a valid CS6 download link. 

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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I was able to download [and run] CS6 and activate it as part of my CC account:

https://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cs6-direct-download-links.html

 

Your mileage may vary--my CC subscription started with CS6 so I don't know if that factors into it.

 

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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"Your mileage may vary--my CC subscription started with CS6 so I don't know if that factors into it."

Not sure. I had CS6 before my first CC subscription, but then they "offered" to fold my CS6 into my CC sub and it's been managed by that ever since, despite the fact the download link on my account page still uses my old non-sub serial number.

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Yes--I had to make a choice of purchasing CS6 Master Suite separately (for both Mac and Windows) or going with the CC sub. I went with the latter to go cross-platform. (I understand that if one updated directly through CS6, the app stayed independent; if one allowed the CC app to update CS6, it automatically became part of the subscription.)

 

What I'm not sure if is if someone started their subscription later, say at CC 2015, would be able to activate older versions such as CS6. 

 

David Creamer: Community Expert, Adobe Certified Instructor, and Adobe Certified Expert (since 1995)

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"What I'm not sure if is if someone started their subscription later, say at CC 2015, would be able to activate older versions such as CS6"

Good question. I guess we'll find out if the OP gives it a shot with their sub.

I didn't start CC until a few versions in, but after that, Adobe converted my CS6 on my main workstation install retroactively.

Ironically, a couple of months ago, I was still able to install my stand-alone CS6 on an old El Capitan laptop using my existing serial. I did this as an experiment as I was helping someone with a different question, and although the online activation didn't work, the alternative offline response code method worked.

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What I find hard to figure out about this whole thing is why they dropped the PageMaker import filter, but are still keeping the ancient Quark 3 / 4 filter (it's still there!!!)

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Thank You David,

That link woked, I need to download both the files on Windows 10 OS, Install it and I'm able to Open the P65  File.

I installed InDesign CS6 as a Trial Version.

Now I need to see how can I save the P65 files to PDF (editable) format .

 

Thank You for your help. 🙂

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Also, it appears that InDesign CS6 trial version (on Windows 10) doesn't 'Export' the CS6 files into PDF format. I am struggling with that, it says FileName (say 1.pdf) is not found., how silly is that. Obviously, I'm trying to export the file in PDF Interactive Format for the first time, after opening the P65 file.

 

It appears that its a limitation of the Trial Version.

 

Any other way out to convert that P65 to  PDF or Word Format (Editable/Readable Format) ?

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Apr 08, 2022 Apr 08, 2022

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Mighty be a bug in the original release. It certainly wasn't a limitation of the trial. Unfortunately, you cannot get any of the bug fix patches any longer.

Save the converted files to .indd or .idml and open those in your newer version of InDesign (download the newest trial if you are not a subscriber) and export to PDF from there. You'll want the .indd files for archiving anyway. PDF is not a suitable format for anything but very minor edits. It shouldn't be considered an "editable" form.

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The trial is and always has been fully functional but if you're running it on Windows 10, all bets are off. Try running it in Win 7 compatibility mode and...

 

What exactly is your definition of an editable PDF? PDF is an end format and is not really meant to be edited. As far as going directly from P65 to PDF, the only way is to open the file in Pagemaker, print to postscript and distill it.

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You have CC2022 correct? Open the converted CS6 files in that, and do your PDF exporting from there.

As I said previously, if you need a PDF from your original PageMaker file, I can do that for you. You can save it to Word from Acrobat yourself, within the limitaions of that process.

 

 

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