Open PageMaker files in InDesign

Adobe InDesign CS PageMaker Edition can open PageMaker 6.5x-7.x publications and templates. Adobe InDesign CS2 to CS6 can open Adobe PageMaker 6.0-7.x publications and templates.

Indesign CC does not support PageMaker documents (Indesign CC can't open PageMaker Documents)

The tables below describe what happens to various PageMaker features, settings, and elements when you open PageMaker publications in InDesign.

Publication Settings Supported? Notes
Double-Sided, Facing Pages Yes (Limited) InDesign converts double-sided documents that do not contain facing pages into single-page spreads. When both Double-Sided and Facing Pages are selected, files are converted into facing-page spreads.
Preferences Supported? Notes
Snap to Constraints No --
Save Option (Smaller, Faster) No --
Horizontal and Vertical Nudge No --
Greek Text Below No --
PostScript Printing-Memory Freed for Graphics No --
Display PPD Name No --
Turn Pages When Autoflowing No --
TrueType Display (Preserve Line Spacing/ Character Shape) No --
Trapping Preferences Yes When Auto-overprint black strokes or fills (or both) are selected in the Trapping Preferences dialog box in PageMaker, the setting carries over to InDesign. However, Overprint Stroke or Overprint Fill is deselected in the Attributes palette.
Page Layout Features Supported? Notes
Booklists and Booked Publications No InDesign ignores Booklists when opening PageMaker publications. If you want to open all the publications on a Booklist together, run the Build Booklet plug-in in PageMaker with a layout of None selected. The booked publications are combined into one. Text blocks and frames are no longer threaded, however.
Index Yes (Limited) Index entries from a PageMaker publication appear in the InDesign Index palette. Text with cross-references that use the See Herein or See Also Herein option are mapped as See or See Also.
Items on the Pasteboard Yes (Limited) All items on the PageMaker pasteboard appear on the pasteboard of the first spread in the InDesign document. InDesign uses a different pasteboard for each spread.
Layers Yes To maintain the order of overlapping items, InDesign creates two layers when converting a PageMaker publication: Default and Master Default. Master Default contains the Master page items.
Master Page Items Yes Master pages in PageMaker convert to master pages in InDesign and retain all objects including page numbering and guides. Some layers could be added to the document. To retain the stacking order established in the original PageMaker publication. (See the Layers listing in this section.)
Non-Printing Objects Yes All objects designated in PageMaker as Non-Printing are converted with Non-Printing selected in the InDesign Attribute palette.
Ruler Guides Yes --
Table of Contents Yes Table of Contents text converts as a Table of Contents, with PageMaker TOC Style available in the style pop-up menu in the InDesign TOC dialog box.
Text Attributes Supported? Notes
Text Composition Yes (Limited) InDesign assigns its Paragraph composer to all paragraphs. However, you can assign the single-line composer to one or more paragraphs. In InDesign, the single-line text composition engine chooses line breaks more similarly to the PageMaker composition engine, but text could still reflow.
Top of Caps and Proportional Leading Yes (Limited) InDesign uses only Baseline leading. Proportional and Top of Caps leading in PageMaker convert to Baseline leading in InDesign, resulting in text shifting.
Vertical Alignment in Text Frames Yes Vertical Alignment settings are maintained when you open PageMaker publications.
First Baseline Yes (Limited) The First Baseline of converted text can appear different than text created in InDesign. The First Baseline of converted text is set to Leading, but the First Baseline of text created in InDesign is set to Ascent by default.
Hyphenation Yes (Limited) InDesign uses a different hyphenation method than PageMaker, so line breaks can be different.
Fonts Yes (Limited) All fonts in a PageMaker publication should be active when the publication is opened in InDesign. InDesign can continue to list fonts as missing if they are activated after the PageMaker publication is opened.
Applied Bold or Italic Font Attributes Yes (Limited) InDesign preserves bold or italic formatting if the correct typeface is installed (for example, Tekton Bold). If the typeface is not installed, then the font is identified as missing in InDesign and is substituted. InDesign retains information about what text had bold or italic formatting applied to it so you can reformat it after substitution.
Shadow Text Attribute (Mac OS only) No Shadow text converts to plain text.
Outline Text Attribute (Mac OS only) Yes (Limited) Outline text converts as text with a stroke of .25 inches and a fill of paper.
Expert Tracking Values No Expert tracking values revert to a zero kerning value.
Paragraph Rules Yes (Limited) All paragraph rules convert as solid lines. Differences in the InDesign leading method affect the position of paragraph rules. Tints applied to paragraph rules are preserved.
[No style] Paragraph Style Yes (Limited) The [No style] in PageMaker is the equivalent of [Basic Paragraph] in InDesign CS2 or [No Paragraph Style] in InDesign CS. However, [Basic Paragraph] and [No Paragraph Style] picks up the attributes of a named style if that style was selected before any typing occurred in the PageMaker publication.
Text Links No Linked text documents are embedded upon conversion.
Hyperlinks Yes --
Bullets and Numbering Yes InDesign applies bullets and numbering as normal, editable, characters.
Data Merge Yes (CS2, CS PageMaker Edition)No (CS) InDesign treats text fields as regular text until you establish a link to the data source file.
Color Supported? Notes
Tints Yes (Limited) Tints are converted as percentages of the parent color. If the parent color isn't in the Swatches palette, it's added during conversion. When an object with a tint is selected, the parent color is selected in the Swatches palette, and the tint value appears in the pop-up menu.
HLS Colors No InDesign converts color swatches based on the HLS color model to RGB values.
Hexachrome Colors No All Hexachrome colors are converted to RGB values.
Pantone libraries Yes --
CMS Yes (Limited) Profiles that are not ICC-compliant are replaced using the default CMS settings and profiles you specified for InDesign.
Graphics and Objects Supported? Notes
Missing Graphic Links Yes Link information for missing graphics is preserved when converting PageMaker publications. After conversion, the missing links can be updated.
OLE Objects No InDesign doesn't support OLE. OLE objects drop out when you open PageMaker publications in InDesign, and any text wrap is lost. However, the bounding boxes of OLE objects convert.
Embedded Graphics Yes --
Adobe Table 3.0 Objects Yes (Limited) PageMaker tables appear as graphics and are not editable in InDesign.
Fill Patterns No Fill patterns applied from PageMaker's Fill menu become solid.
Screen Patterns/Angles No InDesign doesn't support screen patterns or angles applied to TIFF images in Image Control; it drops them from imported TIFF files.
Colorized TIFF Files Yes --
Photoshop Effects Yes --
Strokes Yes (Limited) InDesign supports only solid or dashed strokes. Other stroke variations (such as Reverse or strokes created with the Custom option) either unreverse or become solid strokes in InDesign. Hairlines become .25-point strokes.
Keylines Yes (Limited) Keylines become grouped to the object to which they are applied.
Text Wrap Yes --
Masking Yes (Limited) PageMaker items arranged between an item and its mask will be positioned behind the item and mask after you open the publication in InDesign.
Inline Graphics Yes --
Imported PDF Documents Yes (Limited) InDesign displays the first page of a multi-page PDF file, regardless which page you placed in the PageMaker publication. To display the correct page, in InDesign delete the image (that is, the PDF file), and place the PDF page again.
Imported QuickTime Movies Yes (Limited in CS and CS PageMaker Edition) InDesign CS and CS PageMaker Edition import QuickTime movie frames unless they have been scaled. If a movie frame has been scaled, the movie is reimported to InDesign, scaled to 100% (horizontally and vertically. And, it's positioned in the upper-left corner of the frame.
Scaled Images Yes (Limited) Scaled images in documents with broken links are imported at a different size than expected.

Additional Information

For more information, see the Convert PageMaker documents secion of the InDesign CS4 online help.

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