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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