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IDML FILE NOT SAVED CHANGES

New Here ,
Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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Hello

 

I have been working on a IDML file today which i saved as InDesign, updated and then saved back as an IDML again. The other person who also needs to work on it isnt able to use InDesign so i have to save back to IDML.

 

Anyway, they made a whole load of changes and PDFd the document which showed these changes. However once they saved and closed, when i then opened the IDML file none of the changes my colleague made was there. Only the changes i had made previously showed.

 

This happened to another document this week doing the same process as above. It hasnt happened before so im not sure whats going on. Is there an easy solution to rectify this? Otherwise only one of us is able to work on the file which isnt ideal as we have a deadline.

 

Appreciate any advice.

 

 

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When your colleague opened and changed the file, it would have saved as an InDesign file in their ID version, not IDML, unless they intentionally exported IDML from their saved InDesign file.

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Hello

 

Thank you for your response.

 

My colleague isnt able to open the InDesign file which is why i save it as an IDML. 

She then works on it and saves it as IDML again.

 

Any ideas of why this the updates arent showing?

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Is she is working in an older version of InDesign than yours, she could try giving you her .indd file instead. You should be able to open it, and this would reduce the number of times the file has to be converted. 

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Hi,

can you explain where you save the file? Sometimes with Cloud services (dropbox, GoogleDrive, OneDrive, SharePoint...) it takes a while to sync changes.

It is possible that the changes made by colleagues have not updated the file you see.

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Hi Eric

 

Thanks so much for your response.

 

We save the file to our company server as we all work from home at the moment. I have just opened the file again and its still the same so im not sure its a delay in updating. 

 

Any other ideas?

Thank you 

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Yes she is working in an older version of InDesign to me. Her laptop doesnt support the later versions of InDesign for some reason.

 

So youre saying, if she saves her document as INDD instead of IDML, i should be able to open it and hopefully see the changes shes made?

 

Thank you

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That is correct.

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OK great, we will give that a go.

 

Thanks so much everyone! 

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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But be aware that opening an IDML file in an older version causes a loss f ne functionality and can cause a huge change in the layout. It is not a good idea to change versions between coworkers. You should, if technically posssible, install the same version she has additionally to avoid jumping betwenn versions forward and backward.

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