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Old 09-11-2009, 03:18 AM   #1
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Hello, I'm a newbie.

I'm trying to open a few PageMaker 6.x or 7 files from an old Mac in Windows InDesign CS3 ... and I'm having problems. The error is "The PageMaker document is damaged and cannot be recovered".

Googling it tells me that its SP3 and that CS3 fixed the problem. I have installed a PC with XP without SP3 and tried reading it ... still without success. I've used Cross Platform converter ... also without success. I have come to accept that the file is probably corrupt.

I have many similar files from the same source and most of them are OK. There is this batch that dates back a while and I can't read that.

In fact, I'll tell you all a funny thing. In some cases, if I can't open a file, I drag and before I drop, I hold it suspended over ID and ... after about 10secs I drop it... and presto. Or, if it fails the first time, I try again ... drag ... hold ... drop ... and usually it succeeds. That has been my experience for these 40+ files. But there are these 10 files.

My question is ...

Is there a way to open it "best effort"... and strip the formatting if necessary. -- this of course is the worst case scenario.

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Old 09-11-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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PageMaker usually tells the truth when it says its corrupt file cannot be recovered. You may be able to extract some of the contents with CanOpener. The company has a 30-day money back guarantee, anyway, so it is worth a shot.

You can probably ask by e-mail whether it is successful with those PM files. Let us know what he says.

   
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Old 09-11-2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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Would you me like to try and open one of them here on a Mac? You never know, it might work. Just email it to macgraphics@rpmuk.com

   
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Ian,

The file wasn't corrupt: I've saved it as a pmd so you should be able to open it now using your PC version of the program. I've emailed it over - let me know if it works OK.

   
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:33 AM   #5
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Thanks for the effort, but I still cannot open your PMD. Same error message. What is it that causes some files to behave this way when tranferring from Mac to PC? Its not the first time I've had this. Other PageMaker files from other sources in other parts of the world ... give me the same problem from time to time. Are there settings in InDesign? Are there tricks when transferring between Macs and PCs in particular with PageMaker?


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I stupidly didn't bring the files home from the studio today, Ian. Can you attach what I sent you to a private message here, and I'll take another look when I get back from a party this evening (or more likely tomorrow morning!)

   
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Ian, I've sent you a PM with a link.
I got the same problem as you at first; the way round it was to open the pmd in Mac InDesign then save it as a new indd document. I checked the file on a PC and it open in ID CS2 so you should have no problems in CS3.

Do check the text formatting, as it's a bit wonky

   
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Robin,

Thanks for the conversion and the suggestion. You were able to open the file with InDesign on Mac. I wasn't. It just spat the dummy. But my source tells me he can still open it on his Mac... in Scotland. I wonder if ... by the time it gets down under it gets corrupt!

I'm struck dumb.

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InDesign CS4 has a great feature in the View menu called Rotate Spread. Its 180% setting is particularly useful when working with Antipodean files

   
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InDesign CS4 has a great feature in the View menu called Rotate Spread. Its 180% setting is particularly useful when working with Antipodean files
Naw — for them you need rotate designer!

   
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