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i've read the older posts concerning this matter and have found, quite frankly zero help from ADOBE in this matter, when they should be the ones who should be spearheading this charge.  they are the ones who have created this issue with the newer version incampatibility and should also be the ones who should fix the mess.  why can we not get a better situation where we can convert older outdated files types to newer versions of adobe products?  i have a LARGE pagemaker 6.5 file that is incredibly importmant to me.  it contains thousands of hours of work in it.  i've been hanging on by threads with a less than decent PDF it made 10 years ago.  i've decided to go back to the original PM6.5 file and revamp it.  I purchased a copy of Illustrator hoping i could just open the PM6.5 file and convert it, only to now read that i am many versions outdated.  there doesn't seem to be any third party out there creating conversion programs that will convert 300 MB 300 page PM6.5 files online or otherwise.  ADOBE what is your opinion on this matter?  i see nothing from you.  Why is there no conversion method available to graphics professionals and individuals?  Are we just left for fodder?  Thank you.

 

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Pagemaker 6.5 file Conversion

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i've read the older posts concerning this matter and have found, quite frankly zero help from ADOBE in this matter, when they should be the ones who should be spearheading this charge.  they are the ones who have created this issue with the newer version incampatibility and should also be the ones who should fix the mess.  why can we not get a better situation where we can convert older outdated files types to newer versions of adobe products?  i have a LARGE pagemaker 6.5 file that is incredibly importmant to me.  it contains thousands of hours of work in it.  i've been hanging on by threads with a less than decent PDF it made 10 years ago.  i've decided to go back to the original PM6.5 file and revamp it.  I purchased a copy of Illustrator hoping i could just open the PM6.5 file and convert it, only to now read that i am many versions outdated.  there doesn't seem to be any third party out there creating conversion programs that will convert 300 MB 300 page PM6.5 files online or otherwise.  ADOBE what is your opinion on this matter?  i see nothing from you.  Why is there no conversion method available to graphics professionals and individuals?  Are we just left for fodder?  Thank you.

 

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PageMaker has been retired some 15 years ago. It actually has been possible to convert PageMaker files. But never in Illustrator, because it's an illustration application. InDesign could open PageMaker files until version CS6. That possibility has been discontinued, because developer resources have to be focused on functions that a majority of users still need.

What you need to do:

find someone who still has CS6 (or earlier) installed.

Ask them if they agree to convert your file.

Be prepared to pay for this service. Be happy if the person does it for free.

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I'm in agreement with Monika that the conversion from PageMaker should be to InDesign not Illustrator. PageMaker and InDesign are both page layout programs, whereas Illustrator is an illustration program.

If you have an Adobe CC subscription, you can download and install InDesign CS6. InDesign CS6 can open PageMaker version 6 to 7 files. Once the PageMaker file is open in InDesign CS6, you can save it as an InDesign file.

Adobe does have a free trial version if you want to try it out to make sure that the Adobe CC subscription works for what you need.

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I think Adobe only offers latest two versions readily available for download, thus, Slowswim will have to ask Adobe for a link for that CS6 version to download.

(And he/she will get assured the OS installed supports that old version of InDesign. That's why Monika talked about a current user of that old Indesign version).

 

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You will not hear from Adobe. The position is clear: support ended years ago. It's clear Adobe feel no moral or legal obligation to help people run "obsolete" software or preserve or convert files made with that software. Heck, they have closed down entire cloud services, deleting millions of customer files... WARNING, scammers may contact you privately pretending to be Adobe staff. Adobe will never send you a private message asking you to email an account that isn't @adobe.com, or use Skype. Adobe never ask you for their password. These scammers want your Adobe info, credit cards, your money and control of your computer, please take care.

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I offer you another option, not sure if it's practical in your current sitruation.

Grab a computer and install an Operating system that supports or is compatible with Pagemaker 6.5

Install Pagemaker 6.5 and open those files and convert them to PDF.

That's likely the hard side. 

With PDFs of those files try and purchase an utility that converts them to current InDesign files that can be edited anyhow.

https://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id/

The utility or plug-in is called PDF to ID.

 

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I would argue that it would be far easier to find someone with CS6 or earlier than do it that way.

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You may be right, but if he/she has an old machine stashed in the garage, and has all the stuff installed (wishful thinking), it would be a home task of opening and converting those files. No strange people needed.

AS that person plans to to edit that big file at least, the best solution should be to contact Adobe preferebly and get a InDesign CS6. A supporting compatible Operating system with CS6 is required too.

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I still have InDesign CS6 installed and running.

Would be willing to convert one PageMaker file - I have no experience with PageMaker conversion, so I just want to see how it works. I also haven't seen a PageMaker file in ... quite a while, so there is also some sentimental feeling around it.

Since I'm in a larger project, I have close to no time, which means that all I will do is open that file and save it as an InDesign CS6 file (or IDML if you prefer that). No additional editing, checking or whatever. If that is OK, please upload the file to Dropbox or wetransfer or Creative Cloud and post a link.

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The conversion will be anywhere from near perfect to practically unusable.
There's really no way to know without do it.
Just use the file > open command and note that there will probably be alerts about text and graphics. I don't remember the details on what happens with embedded or linked graphics in the conversion.

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