How to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language

Learn how to convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML (InDesign Markup Language), using Markzware’s MarkzTools2 app for file conversion:

Do you or your team use InDesign CS5-CS6 (Creative Suite), but want to access InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) files? A stand-alone application can help.

With decades of development expertise, Markzware engineers solutions that save time and money for print, publishing, and graphic arts customers worldwide. Markzware’s stand-alone macOS file conversion software, MarkzTools2, can convert a higher version InDesign document to an IDML file. Your InDesign CS4 or newer InDesign version application can read the IDML file.

MarkzTools2 enables you to open documents created in InDesign CC-CC 2018 versions, in IDML, readable by InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5, and CS6. Click the video below, to see a demonstration:

How to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language

Markzware’s MarkzTools2 is an application that can convert InDesign to IDML. It is also a backup tool that can create a backup file, to safeguard against future file corruption, without requiring the Adobe InDesign program or Creative Cloud. To navigate to a folder or to create a new folder for IDML destination, click the “Other” button, which will activate the “Browse” button.

How to open a newer InDesign file in an older InDesign version,
using MarkzTools2 to convert InDesign CC 2018 to IDML:
1. Choose the “Convert InDesign Document…” menu item from the “File” menu in MarkzTools2.
2. Navigate to and choose the InDesign CC 2018 document that you would like to convert to IDML, then click the “Open” button. (You’ll see the processing dialog window while MarkzTools2 converts your InDesign document into an IDML document.
3. When conversion is complete, navigate to the original document in a Finder window and see the newly created IDML file alongside.

To open a recent INDD file in an earlier version of InDesign, you can simply use MarkzTools2 to convert the file to IDML. This Markzware InDesign-compatible application is able to convert your InDesign CC document to the InDesign Markup Language file format, in a snap.

MarkzTools is a software bundle that comes with two utilities for you. A plugin extension and a stand-alone application. The InDesign plugin for CS5, CS5.5 or CS6, works right within the Adobe application. The stand-alone application does not even need InDesign on your machine and works on any modern Mac. Both the stand-alone Mac application and the plugin can be used by any License holder of the very affordable MarkzTools2.
– pijnacker01, InDesign user

MarkzTools Bundle Benefits include:
• is low cost and saves money, since it does not require a Creative Cloud subscription.
• is versatile enough to enable users to share files in the same file format.
• helps you to safeguard your InDesign files (without Adobe InDesign or Creative Cloud), by creating a backup file.
• allows you to locate the new IDML via the File>Recent menu or via Finder.

Drag an InDesign Document to the Markzware MarkzTools2 Window, to
Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language:

Drag an InDesign Document to the Markzware MarkzTools2 Window, to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language

Some features of MarkzTools2 include the ability to:
• display the version of a selected InDesign file.
• operate standalone, without requiring InDesign to be present on the user’s computer.
• to batch convert InDesign files into IDML files.
Also included in the bundle with the MarkzTools2 app are:
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS6 (a plugin that converts InDesign CS-CC 2018 files into CS6)
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS5.5 (a plugin that converts InDesign CS-CC 2018 files into CS5.5)
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS5 (a plugin that converts InDesign CS-CC 2018 files into CS5)

You can track the progress of your InDesign to IDML file conversion, via the MarkzTools2 dialog window. With little effort, your Adobe InDesign document will then be converted into an IDML document!

File Conversion Menu in Markzware MarkzTools2 App to Convert
Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language:

Menu in MarkzTools2 App to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language

The MarkzTools Mac Bundle Subscription can
convert the following InDesign versions to CS6 or to IDML:
• CC 2018
• CC 2017
• CC 2015
• CC 2014
• CC

After the document conversion is finished, you can find the master document quickly in your Finder window. The fresh IDML document will appear next to the document of origin.

Markzware‘s MarkzTools2 can convert InDesign layout details, including:
• images
• layers
• colors
• blends
• tables
• runarounds
• text attributes
• page positioning
• linked text boxes

.IDML File Extension
File Type Adobe InDesign Markup Language File…
What is an IDML file?
An IDML file is a document created by InDesign, a program used to create professional page layouts. It contains several XML files, which represent a complete InDesign document. IDML files are stored as compressed package using Zip compression.
More Information
IDML packages contain a hierarchy of XML files and directories. The root directory of the archive contains a designmap.xml file, which specifies high-level document properties, as well as the document layout. The archive also contains the following folders, which are used to store parts of the document:
Resources: Contains document elements, such as colors, fonts, and paragraph styles; includes Graphics.xml, Fonts.xml, Styles.xml, and Preferences.xml.
Spreads: Stores document spreads.
Stories: Contains all document stories.
XML: Stores document elements and settings; includes BackingStory.xml, Tags.xml, and Mapping.xml.
MasterSpreads: Contains MaterSpreads.xml, which specifies all master spreads displayed on document pages, such as rectangles, ellipses, groups, polygons, buttons, and text frames.
META-INF: Stores the standard container.xml file for UCF packages.
IDML files were designed to replace .INX files, which are more difficult to create and edit. IDML files provide an interchangeable format for Adobe InDesign documents, as well as a way for third-party tools to modify and assemble InDesign documents.
NOTE: The InDesign Markup Language was introduced with InDesign CS4. InDesign still supports backward compatibility with INX files.


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In MarkzTools2, you can pick whichever InDesign CC version document that you’d like to convert to IDML. Markzware’s MarkzTools2 opens Adobe InDesign CS2 through CC 2018 documents as IDML files readable by InDesign CS4 and up.

Get the MarkzTools Bundle:
The MarkzTools 12 Month Bundle Subscription includes MarkzTools2 and the original MarkzTools for InDesign plugins. This subscription includes updates for future releases of InDesign through the life of the subscription. With a single, low-cost subscription, you get access to:
• MarkzTools2
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS6 Mac
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS5.5 Mac
• MarkzTools for InDesign CS5 Mac

To buy this bundle, please visit the MarkzTools2 page. Additional Markzware products are available via the Products page. Please also feel free to subscribe to the Markzware Mailing List, and socialize with Markzware on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.

How to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language

Title: How to Convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 to IDML InDesign Markup Language
Published on: September 4, 2018
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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