A colleague of mine opened an InDesign file I was working on and saved it in 2023. Now I can't open it because I use 2019 version. He can´t downsave it before 2022. There is an option called "save for CS4 or later" but it doesn't work. I tried looking for answers online but none work either.
How does't indesign have a simple downsave feature???
What about it doesn't work? CS4 or later means exactly that, so you're going to have to tell us what is happening.
Thanks for reinforcing the answer, i will try it again if this is really the solution, hope it will work! Because yesterday I tried opening it but nothing opened. the idml file is 700k while the .indd file was 6mb. So isn't it losing something on the conversion? Should my colleague do something else other than just save it as CS4 or Later?
The difference between IDML and INDD is in the fact that IDML is just the "description" of the file - where INDD file have a lot of previews and Undo history (and some other stuff) - both of wich will make INDD file bigger and bigger every time you do just Ctrl+S - so from time to time you need to do Save As with a new name and then - less often - IDMLing - kind of housekeeping - to get rid of all of the garbage and gremlins.
It's like PostScript and PDF before - but other way around 😉
just an update. it didn't work.
the same problem happened with photoshop. I have 2019, my colleague had 2023, he saved my file and tried using this method so i could open it, but it didnt work either, a loading bar appears and takes ages to load and then fails.
Is this a common problem?? My colleague didn't even use new features from the latest versions, he just opened it, moved some images around and saved it., why can't it be opened back on older versions in simple way... ?
InDesign has always worked this way, writing a new format for each version. It's very important that people collaborating know this, and agree what version to use in common. Why don't you just have InDesign 2023 and 2019 installed? Getting a collection of versions might be for the best. Be VERY careful when installing the new to FIRST CHECK that Creative Cloud won't uninstall the old version, which may be the default.
Yes, installing the 2023 version was pondered but I don't like having the latest software versions. My 2019 is working well and it's stable and configured. Same for photoshop, i'm happy with the versions I have, they work well with this pc im using, already a bit old. There should be no reason to upgrade because downsaving should work fine. I feel like adobe coherces us to keep upgrading our software and buying subscriptions instead of having standalone purchases.
Given your last two replies, I cannot help but throw human error into the mix here. You were asked to provide details on what is happening and all you've done is rant about Adobe's policies and tell us about a workflow "that doesn't work."
Unless you want to give us details, as mentioned already, install 2023 and leave the earlier versions in place. Problem solved.
One more thing...system specs, please. O/S (complete version and build), RAM, processor, free hard drive space.
I eventually just upgraded to 2023, easier.
Have you tried exporting as IDML?
IDML is CS4 or later and it's the person supplying the file that has to do it. But if the OP received an INDD file, InDesign 2019 would be intelligent enough to offer to convert it via the cloud.
So, we really need to wait for the OP to come back here and give us some details.
True, that said if I know there might be an older version I'm saving it to, I'm saving it as an IDML...I do that too if im going somewhere with just my iPad Pro and might have to do corrections because Publisher opens IDML files. As much as I don't want to use Affinity's confusing UI, sometimes I have to