Hello Adobe Support Community,
My name is Daniel. I'm a single salesmen by trade and I love learning new pieces of software. I'm a SalesForce admin. I love to learn and I'm usually good at learning new UI. Yet, when I signed up for an InDesign licence with Adobe I thought I'd catch the wave quickly. It is not the case. I just can't get to do everything I want with InDesign and as quickly as I would have liked.
Therefore, I had to hire a designer to help me speed up my process of creating a two pager for a sales pitch I'm preparing. I attach the piece so that you can see what and where I'm at so far in that endeavour.
Please forward my use case to someone else if you feel that other person can be of assistance.
Here is my case:
I received my first draft from that designer in Sri Lanka. Of course, I am planning to edit the content, make some changes to the piece, etc The one question I have is this.
Considering that I received the .zip file of my first draft with three files and two folders:
I searched information about this .idml file and the purpose of it and I got this explanation of both file extensions:
My question is this:
If I modify the text in the .indd file, how can I make sure I did not loose the integrity of the full project?
I want to make sure that my changes will be compatible with other technical persons who open my project for let's say, printing the said flyers.
Do you understand my question?
Thank you very much.
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If I understand your question, one important use of .idml is to allow users with earlier versions to open the file. When you complete your edits, send back the .indd file, but also, do a File menu > Save As and choose Format "InDesign CS4 or earlier." Send both files and the other party can open either one, since both will contain your edits. That way, if you are, for example, using ID 2022 and they are on ID 2020, they can open and use the .idml file.
Thank you @Diane Burns and @Manan Joshi your answers are very appreciated: your both angels and fast to reply to my help msg 🙂 If I recap and work a little bit and actively on my active listening skils, here is what I retain: I don't have to worry about editing the IDML file I received when working in my INDD file. Having said that, when I send the completed version to my printer (doing a File menu > Package) I must make sure I have both the .indd and .idml in the .zip folder. Of course, I will also need to make sure the folder contains as well my images and a .pdf.
Q: Does this mean that the .idml file contains an xml?
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Having said that, when I send the completed version to my printer (doing a File menu > Package) I must make sure I have both the .indd and .idml in the .zip folder. Of course, I will also need to make sure the folder contains as well my images and a .pdf.
No, the only file you should send is the PDF. Your printer does not need anything else, but he should give you the precise tech specs of the PDF he needs.
Hope this clears all your doubts. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions
As rightly mentioned by @Diane Burns the main reason to send IDML in such a case is to allow a perosn with an older version of InDesign to open the file. Having said that, later versions of InDesign i suppose CC2021 onwards also provide us a conversion service that prompts(on document open) to convert the INDD file into one that is compatible with your version of InDesign. For ex:- if you try to open up an INDD file created using CC2022 in CC2021 you can use the conversion service to convert the file into CC2021 compatible INDD file.
Also while sending an INDD file to another person, use File>Package this will create the whole bunch of files i.e. indd, idml, fonts, links and pdf so that the reciever has everything she/he needs. Also by doing this you don't need to worry about updating the IDML file as its automatically created mimicing the state of the INDD file.