How to Open InDesign Documents in Older Versions
Many of Markzware’s products really get at the heart of issues we as designers and production folk have to deal with. Their latest offering—MarkzTools—excels at scratching an annoying itch we’ve all encountered. This InDesign plug-in allows users to open up documents in older versions of InDesign than the version in which they were created. Are you still the only one working in CS5.5, while the rest of your workgroup is immersed in the world of the Creative Cloud? No worries: MarkzTools can help.
The MarkzTools plug-in is as simple to use as other Markzware products. The user can initiate the conversion through a menu option in InDesign, or simply use InDesign’s Open command. Either way, the conversion is seamless and allows the user to just keep working. This plug-in takes away the need for saving as an IDML file and re-opening in InDesign, a practice which can lead to multiple versions of the interim IDML file floating around. Like using an IDML file, there may be items which don’t successfully transition backwards, so some cleanup will be inevitable. Helpfully, the newly-converted files will show a preview of any missing images, unlike an IDML file which displays missing images simply as grey boxes.
Following the trend in software and helper apps, Markzware is releasing the MarkzTools software via annual subscription. Currently, the plug-in is on sale for $99 for the year, with a regular price of $149. Near the end of the year-long subscription period, the user will be prompted to renew to continue using the plug-in. MarkzTools works on Macs running 10.6.8 or higher only and with InDesign versions CS5, CS5.5, and CS6.