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Hi how to open Indesign 2020 file in Indesign 2019,is it possible if yes please let me know the process.

 

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Save it as an IDML document.

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how to open Indesign 2020 file in Indesign 2019

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Hi how to open Indesign 2020 file in Indesign 2019,is it possible if yes please let me know the process.

 

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Save it as an IDML document.

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Save it as an IDML document.

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Save the INDD file in 2020 as IDML to make it open it in CC2019. A good method is to macke a package File > Packa for Print, found either in the File menu or if you work with an INDB file it is found in the INDB Panel menu, there tick to export aside with the INDD also PDF and IDML. This will include all links.

 

BUt be aware, CC 2019 does not support new font types or file types like svg links which were added in ID 2020. Those links have to be replaced with other file types and those fonts have to be replaced with compatible fonts.

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Overall, Adobe is not being very considerate of their customers. Why put a version that we can't open. I have an older mac that is still in great working condition but I have maxed out my OS updates. Now Adobe comes and puts a version that only works on the newest OS. It's not helpful at all. Wasn't planing on having to buying a new computer for the sake of using Adobe.

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Technically I should agree with this, as my very own Mac is also too old for the Very Latest Hip State Of The Art OS

 

... but on the other hand, don't you think it's kinda unfair to blame Adobe for requiring a fast system with lots of memory? I don't think they would be able to make the current version of InDesign run on my first PC (~1989), even though I may believe it's not very considerate of them to not even try.

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I'm not asking for you to create a version for 1989. I am saying an Operating system that is less than 3 years old. At least give us a full presidential term before making your product inconvient for many of your users. I buy a new computer every 5 years. So I am not the type of individual that doesn't want to move with the times. But computers are expensive. I am not buying new computers every year because Adobe Software developers want to show off. 

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Sounds to me like your beef is with Apple, not Adobe.

If you've maxed out the ability to upgrade the O/S I'm guessing that machine is the better part of 10 years old.

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Bob, you are spot on, mine is exactly that old!

 

Purely technically there is nothing wrong with it – except that it just can't run 2019s software.

 

I am awaiting a spanking new shiny high-rez Mac outfitted with a fast drive and loads of memory as we speak. With some luck it'll again work for a decade.

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My Mac was made in 2015. The OS software update came out just last year. Stop with the excuses for lazy developers. 

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So, why can't you update the operating system?

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That's as high as the OS goes on this machine. But stop with acting like the computer is some ancient piece of crap. Part of development is solving problems for multiple platforms. You should be able to open a Indesign 2020 file with 2019 without any hindrance. That's not a lot to ask for.

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You clearly do not know what you're talking about. It would take about one hour to upgrade that machine to Catalina.

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This is exactly my situation.  I have an 8 year old MacBook Pro.  It works just great.  No issues for years and years.  And, no with Adobe programs.  Now, I cannot upgrade to the latest Mac OS due to the CPU issue.  And, just trusting Adobe I hit the "upgrade" on inDesign and now none of my old documents will open.  Program crashes every time.  I am a professional writer and this is a BIG big big big issue for me.  I am not going to shell out $3K for a new laptop when this one is just fine (for now).  I have documents and graphics dating back as much as 12 years.  I would really like to back-date to an older version of InDesign, but THAT also seems to be non-viable.  I am presently looking for an alternate DTP program.

I did work out a work-around through Acrobat and MS Word, but I lost almost 2 months of work.  I sincerely doubt Adobe is going to reimburse me.

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Same problem in Windows 10.

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This is also my situation too 😞
I run Sierra on a 10 year old imac, which is still perfect. But now cannot upgrade to Catalina or Mojave, so cannot upgrade to ID2020. I am running ID2019 - only 1 version back - so I should be able to open an idml file!!! So what is actually the point of the idml feature now then?! Very frustrating not being able to open client files when paying for the most current software.

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If you can't open the IDML file, there's something wrong with the file or your machine. Since you're told us absolutely nothing nobody can help you...and I will be point out if your machine is 10 years old and can't be upgraded it's far from perfect!

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Hi Rod,

on the other hand InDesign 2020 should be running on Windows 7.

That was confirmed lately. Mac OS X is a different issue.

 

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Yeah, I'm not a PC user as most Graphic Designers which I would imagine is a huge portion of your customer base. Mac OS Version 10.12 is only 3 years old. It shouldn't be disregarded this soon by Adobe.

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There's a larger base of Windows users than many would imagine and again, it's your hardware that's too old to upgrade an operating system, it's likely time to replace it.

Look, I get it, nobody wants to spend any money anymore, but Adobe has limited development resources and testing for operating systems that a majority of their users don't use is a waste of them.

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A 3 year old OS shouldn't be disregared by developers. I am a web developer. Do you know how much I would love to disregard I.E. all together? But that would be bad for my clients and their users. 

I don't mind spending money. I buy a new computer every 5 years. But I don't want any software company to start making it a habit to disregard systems less than 5 years old. That's a bit much. 

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They aren't eliminating hardware, they are eliminating the need to test on operating systems that are not widely used. If they were, this forum would be flooded with complaints.

Again, if your computer is so old you can't upgrade the O/S, then it's far more than 5 years old.

BTW, the bulk of my business is websites now and I am very clear upfront. I don't support IE.

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Rod said: You should be able to open a Indesign 2020 file with 2019 without any henderance. That's not a lot to ask for.

 

Hi,

even when on OS X 10.12.6 you should be able to do exactly this using InDesign's Saveback service.

For that you have to be online because it's a Creative Cloud Service that will take your InDesign 2020 document, open it with an InDesign Server somewhere in the cloud, exports an IDML file and sends it back to your machine as InDesign CC 2019 document.

 

The service should show a Convert window like that:

 

SavebackService-Convert-Window-1.PNG

 

Hit button Convert, wait a while until the service has finished:

 

SavebackService-Convert-Window-2.PNG

 

Then the converted document should be available with InDesign CC 2019.

 

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Right. But that's no different than trying to open an IDML file.

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Loufitzer said:

…But now cannot upgrade to Catalina or Mojave, so cannot upgrade to ID2020. I am running ID2019 - only 1 version back - so I should be able to open an idml file!!! …

 

Hi Loufitzer,

if you are online and you have InDesign CC 2019 installed with a regular Creative Cloud subscription, you should be able to open an InDesign 2020 document ( not only a IDML file, just an InDesign document saved with InDesign 2020 ) with an Adobe cloud service for InDesign with InDesign CC 2019.

 

That's the InDesign Saveback Service. Details in my reply from Nov 21, 2019:

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/how-to-open-indesign-2020-file-in-indesign-2019/m-p/10754796...

 

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Uwe Laubender

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