Opening Pagemaker (.p65) files

Community Beginner ,
May 07, 2019

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I have a bunch of .p65 files that I need to open and convert to InDesign. I was able to open them a few months ago but cannot seem to be able to replicate now.

I have both CC (InDesign 2019) and CS5.5 running on Mac OS 10.14.4.

When I try to open the .p65 in CS5.5, I get an error: "The PageMaker document is damaged and cannot be recovered."

When I try to open in CC, I get this error: Cannot open the file "xxxx.p65". Adobe InDesign may not support the file format, a plug-in that supports the file format may be missing, or the file may be open in another application.

Again, I know I was able to open these docs a few months ago, but I didn't think to convert them (dumb).

Any ideas?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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I recall that you have to download an earlier version of InDesign (I think it was InDesign CS6) from the Creative Cloud Desktop app to open Pagemaker documents.

Ah, yes, there's a Help file which confirms that:

Can't Open Pagemaker files in InDesign CC solution

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks, Steve. Per your link, it says "Adobe InDesign CS2 to CS6 can open Adobe PageMaker 6.0-7.x publications and templates."

I am, however, finding that I cannot open it in CS5.5, so I'm still having a problem.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 07, 2019

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If you like to make a sample PageMaker file available I could test to open it with:

InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5 or CS6 on Mac OS X 10.11.6.

InDesign CS6 on Windows 10.

Upload the file to Dropbox or a similar service and post the download link so we could test this.

Regards,
Uwe

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Community Beginner ,
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Okay, here's a file to test. Got the same error message in CS6.

Dropbox - spring 2001.p65 - Simplify your life

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hi,

no issue with InDesign CS6 on Windows 10.

Here is the converted file:

Dropbox - 190507-1-Open PageMaker File with InDesign.zip - Simplify your life

Here the screenshot after I opened the file:

WarningMessageAfterConversion.PNG

And of course there are placed and linked images missing.

The conversion cannot be perfect.

Regards,
Uwe

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Here is my conversion using Indesign CS6 for Macintosh.

Dropbox - spring 2001.idml - Simplify your life

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 07, 2019

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Hi Scott,

what's your eaxct OS X version?

I assume the issue is the new file system in Mac OS X 10.14.4.

So InDesign CS5.5 or CS6 cannot convert. Both versions are not supported on that system.

Regards,
Uwe

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks, everyone. It must be the updated OS...have to figure out another way to convert the other 39 files I have....

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 07, 2019

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Laubender  wrote

Hi Scott,

what's your eaxct OS X version?

I assume the issue is the new file system in Mac OS X 10.14.4.

So InDesign CS5.5 or CS6 cannot convert. Both versions are not supported on that system.

Regards,
Uwe

10.13.6 (17G5019)

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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There are also missing fonts, overset text, overset stories, but you can access the overset contents using the Story Editor Window.

All images that were placed and linked will not show their links in the Links panel. Only the images that were embedded will show up in the Links panel.

Regards,
Uwe

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Explorer ,
May 20, 2019

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The option to install a CS6 is no longer available, at least for me anyways. The only older version i can instal is CC 13.1.

Are there any other methods?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
May 20, 2019

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You’ll need to contact customer support.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Hm. Did you have a different OS X some months ago?

Could you use InDesign CS5.5 on an earlier Mac OS X and try again to open the PageMaker file?

Maybe something is broken with CS5.5 when run on  OS X 10.14.4 after a system update.

( CS5.5. is not supported on this system. )

Regards,
Uwe

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You will need InDesign CS6 or earlier for a direct conversion for Pagemaker files. As far as using CS5.5 is concerned the problem may be that CS5.5 is not supported for Mac OS 10.14.4 (or any version later than 10.10). The fact that CS5.5 is working at all for you is some kind of miracle so you can't expect for all of its functions to perform as they used to. It may also be totally related to the fact that Mojave does not support any version of InDesign that would have been able to make the conversion and so would not support the conversion function. Have you updated to Mojave since you made your last conversion?

If its possible for you to install your CS5.5 on an older machine then you have a shot at making the conversions.

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Community Beginner ,
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"Working" may be a bit of an overstatement, but I can at least open and do some touch ups in CS5.5.

Downloading CS6 from CC now. If that fails, I may take you up on your offer, Laubender​.

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2019

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Hi guys,

Stumbled upon this thread whilst also looking for a solution.

Would someone be willing to convert six .p65 files to InDesign for me?

Thanks!

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Hi im_fb - I just googled this same question, and I happen to have inDesign CS6 and just confirmed it opened up one of my ancient (1998!) .p65 files. I know this is super late to your post, but if you are still hoping for a conversion, I'd help you out.

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New Here ,
Oct 20, 2020

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Hello! I just received an .p65 file that I need opened. Are you able and willing to do it for me? Thanks!

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Oct 21, 2020

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Hi redwoldgirl - Yes, I could - without sharing my email address publicly, any idea on how to share the file?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 21, 2020

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Have them message you directly on this board. We have the option to message each other directly here without sharing email addresses.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Randy

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Thank you!! I could put it in a dropbox, then message you the link. Will that work? Then you could drop the new indd file in that same dropbox.

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Just send you a PM.

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I have been a user of PageMaker 6.5 for many years and was disappointed when it would not load on my new Windows 10 computer. I did stumble upon a potential work around.
On my Windows 10 computer, I was looking through a hard drive from an old computer (running windows 98) which was able to run PageMaker 6.5. Of course this hard drive had the operating system from the old computer since I had simply pulled the hard drive from the unit. Out of curiosity I double clicked on the PM65.EXE file. Much to my surprise, PageMaker 6.5 started. I reloaded PageMaker onto an old Windows XP laptop to have a more current operating system and smaller cleaner hard drive. I then cloned the hard drive of the laptop to a USB flash drive. I can now insert the USB drive into my Windows 10 computer and start PageMaker 6.5 from the flash drive. I did have to rename the "PM65.CNF" file to "PM65old.CNF" and let the program recreate the file in order to be able to save defaults. I haven't use it to extensively yet and I am sure I can probably streamline it to some extent. Some more experienced computer users can probably offer more improvements!

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