Supported file formats for InDesign CS4

What's Covered

The tables list the file formats that Adobe InDesign CS4 supports for various functions.

For more information on settings and option when opening, importing and exporting, and saving files, see Adobe InDesign CS4 Online Help.

File > Open

Extention

File Name

Version

Comments

indd

InDesign document

all versions

indl

InDesign Library

all versions

indt

InDesign Template

all versions

pmd

Adobe PageMaker

6.0 - 7.0

xqx

QuarkXPress Passport

4.1.x

newer versions need to be save in Quark to these accepted versions

xqx

QuarkXPress

3.3 - 4.1.x

newer versions need to be save in Quark to these accepted versions

File > Save As

Extention

File Name

Version

Comments

indd

InDesign document

all versions

indl

InDesign Library

all versions

libraries are save from the Library panel

indt

InDesign Template

all versions

File > Export formats

Extention File Name Version Comments
xlf Adobe Flash CS4 Pro only for Flash CS4 Pro
txt Adobe InDesign Tagged Text
pdf Portable Document Format
eps Encapsulated PostScript
incx InCopy CS3 Interchange for IC CS3 can also be read by IC CS4
icml InCopy document CS4 only
inx InDesign CS3 Interchange for ID CS3

can also be read by ID CS4

See note below.

idml InDesign Markup Language CS4 only
jpg JPEG
rtf Rich Text Format
swf Flash all versions
txt Text only
xml XML

Note: For backwards compatibility export to INX. INX is only supported to be opened by InDesign CS3, however, it might open and function correctly in previous versions to ID CS3.

File > Place formats (Import in graphics and text files)

Extention File Name Version Comments
tiff Tagged Image File Format
gif Graphic Interchange Format
jpg, jpeg Joint Photographic Experts Group
bmp Bitmap
eps Encapsulated PostScript
dcs Desktop Color Separation
pict Picture file format ( Mac)
wmf MS Windows Metafile
emf MS Windows Enhanced Metafile
pcx PC Paintbrush File format
png Portable Network Graphic
sct Scitec CT
swf Flash
ai Adobe Illustrator
psd Adobe Photoshop
pdf Portable Document Format since ID CS3 support of multipage PDFs
indd InDesign document
txt Text documents
doc, docx Microsoft Word document
xls, xlsx Microsoft Excel documents
rtf Rich Text Format

Save for InCopy

Edit> InCopy> Export, or options from Link or Assignment panels.

Extention

File Name

Version

Comments

icma

Assignment file

CS4

used to be .inca in ID CS3

icml

Content file, Exported file

CS4

used to be .incx in ID CS3

icap

Package for InCopy

CS4

used to be .incp in ID CS3

idap

Package for InDesign

IC CS4

used to be .indp in ID CS3

Note: Any InCopy CS4 file format will not be openable in versions prior to InCopy CS3, or InDesign CS3. However, files from InCopy CS2, for example, can be opened in InDesign and InCopy CS4.

Other

Extention

File Name

Version

Comments

xml

Extensible Markup Language

File > Import XML

epub

Open Publication Structure eBook

File > Export for Digital Edition

html

Hypertext Markup Language

File > Export for Dreamweaver

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