InDesign to IDML + File Recovery: IDMarkz macOS App

You can convert Adobe InDesign to IDML and recover InDesign files, using features in Markzware’s IDMarkz app. Read more about it and see the videos, below:

Markzware develops preview, preflight, and file conversion software for printers, publishers, graphic designers, creative professionals, and the like. Markzware’s IDMarkz is a multi-featured application that processes Adobe InDesign files, on the macOS platform, for use in numerous file formats, including IDML.

Export IDML
InDesign Markup Language (IDML) file

Video: What is an IDML file?

Markzware provides helpful, basic information about an
InDesign Markup Language (IDML) document and describes some options, regarding this file format.

Markzware’s IDMarkz app previews InDesign files and opens them in previous InDesign versions, QuarkXPress, Publisher, Acrobat, and Illustrator. (The buttons on the File Preview page are pre-set automated workflows.) IDMarkz also converts InDesign files to IDML, PNG, TIFF, EPS, GIF, PDF, and JPEG, so you can get the content from an .indd file into the most suitable format for your needs. 

Export InDesign as IDML

Export > IDML feature in the IDMarkz macOS app by Markzware

IDMarkz can help you to get your Adobe InDesign files into the InDesign Markup Language (IDML) file format. This video demonstration walks you through the steps:

Video: IDMarkz for InDesign to IDML

Markzware’s IDMarkz macOS application can export an Adobe InDesign file as an IDML file.
In this video, David Dilling provides a walkthrough on how to export InDesign as InDesign Markup Language.

InDesign File Recovery Solution

Markzware has a high rate of file recovery from bad InDesign files, with decades of experience in acquiring this level of success. Customers have called us up, in tears over a corrupt InDesign file, and, for a small fee, we have fixed their files.

Markzware can choose from numerous file recovery methods, to save content from bad files. Sometimes, the files were fixed, by simply dropping the file on the main window in the IDMarkz macOS app and exporting the file as IDML.

IDMarkz Export IDML [Light Theme]
IDMarkz Export IDML [Light Theme]

How to Export an InDesign File, via IDMarkz

To export an InDesign file as IDML, PDF, HTML, TIFF, PNG, JPEG or GIF:

• Drag & drop your file onto the IDMarkz window, in the “Drag and drop files here” section. 

• Click on the “Export” icon in the top left of the IDMarkz viewing window. 

• Select the desired file format.

IDMarkz Toolbar [Light Theme]
IDMarkz Toolbar [Light Theme]

“Yes sure, I was seeing if it was possible to recover a corrupt InDesign file. IDMarkz let me access the file and then I exported to IDML and then open that file back in InDesign seemed to work well, so we can suggest it to clients to purchase. Overall it looks like a very handy tool.”
– IT Services, IDMarkz user

Guard Against Future InDesign File Issues

Customers often ask if there is anything they can do to prepare for reoccurrence of damaged InDesign files. IDMarkz is an excellent solution, as it has so often worked for Markzware’s File Recovery Service, as well as Tech Support.

You can buy and install IDMarkz as “insurance,” to keep it handy, in case of future occurrences of corrupt InDesign files. Besides file recovery, IDMarkz has many other capabilities that can be very helpful to members of the print, publishing, and graphic arts industries.

IDMarkz Benefits

• quickly processes InDesign files on a Mac

• offers ease-of-use, in a versatile, multi-purpose app

• saves money on Creative Cloud subscriptions

Video: InDesign Text Export with IDMarkz NEW

Learn how to export Adobe InDesign text Stories, via IDMarkz, a macOS app from Markzware.

IDMarkz Features

• Open InDesign files in earlier InDesign versions or in QuarkXPress, Affinity Publisher, Acrobat, Illustrator, … .

• Open InDesign files in Acrobat and Annotate the PDF.

• Preview InDesign files & export .indd files as IDML, PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, or GIF.

“So, they’re really handy and nifty tools to have at hand for, let’s say, a pre-press production manager or technical support, in a bigger publishing house, or big PR company, with one or two people who are really good at fixing files from colleagues or customers or clients. So, for those type of troubleshooters and problem solvers, this is a tool they should have and know of and invest in, because it’s reasonably priced and does really unique work. It’s, when you need it, it’s what you need and, then, you have to have it.”
– Paul Lindström, Technical Editor, Journalist & Consultant, Digital Dots, on Markzware’s IDMarkz app for macOS


The “Open In” Feature in IDMarkz allows you to convert to many formats, including
InDesign, QuarkXPress, Affinity Publisher, Acrobat, and Illustrator.

How to Open an InDesign File, via IDMarkz

You may be able to resolve .indd document issues, by simply opening the document, using Markzware’s IDMarkz app. To open an Adobe InDesign file, either:

• Drag and drop your InDesign document on the “Drag and drop files here” section of the “Let’s Get Started” window in IDMarkz.
– or –
• If you would prefer to open the InDesign file as QuarkXPress, Affinity Publisher, Acrobat PDF, Illustrator, or an earlier version of InDesign:

Drag & drop your files onto the IDMarkz window, in the “Drag and drop files here” section. Then, click the icon in the top of the IDMarkz window for the desired file format (InDesign, Quark, Publisher, Acrobat, or Illustrator).

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Buy IDMarkz

You can use automation features to export an IDML and open it in a selected application, today! Buy Markzware’s low-cost IDMarkz Mac Subscription (including updates throughout your 12-month subscription term), available on the IDMarkz page.

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Further Resources

Still having issues with your InDesign document? Try Markzware’s DTP File Recovery Service at

In the meantime, you are welcome to check out the following resources for those dealing with these types of difficult design documents:

InDesign Nightmares

Open Corrupt InDesign Files: Make Your Computer Say ‘Yes’!

Adobe Help: Troubleshoot InDesign File Issues

Adobe Forums: Corrupt InDesign File

InDesign to IDML + File Recovery: IDMarkz macOS App

Title: InDesign to IDML + File Recovery: IDMarkz macOS App
Published on: August 26, 2020
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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