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Opening old Pagemaker files

New Here ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Is there a way to open old Pagemaker files in any other program?  I'm using Windows 10 64 bit.  I cannot get PM6.5 to install even in compatability mode as admin.  Indesgn 2 says all my files are corrupt for some reason.  Is there a way to get Pagemaker to install on a 64bit system or something else that will open it?

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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InDesign CS6 or earlier can open PageMaker files.

There is a software called 'File Magic' that purports to open PageMaker files. I can't vouch for it since I've not used File Magic myself.

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Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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There is a post that addresses this issue. I hope you find some suggestions helpful.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/pagemaker-7-0-and-windows-10/m-p/7495018#M24844

 

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Jun 30, 2021 Jun 30, 2021

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Can you clarify what version of InDesign are you using? (InDesign 2 is almost 20 years old itself so that seems suspect)

Your options are basically nil if you don't have CS6 or less. None of the CC versions do the conversion anymore.

There are some online services (your best bet is markzware: they have a conversion service and even though they don't mention PM as one of the ones they can convert, chances are they can) and "online freelancer" sites where you can find someone to convert for you for a cost.

There are also a few of us here that can convert. I'm one of them. (Although if you truly have InDesign 2 on your system, you're out of luck there).

 

-Brad

 

 

 

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Jul 07, 2021 Jul 07, 2021

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A further thought... if it's InDesign CS2 you have: I had forgotten there is a known issue with any Windows version newer than XP SP2 which breaks CS2's ability to convert PM files. Since you're Win 10, you're out of luck.

 

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