Open InDesign Documents in Older Versions

How to open InDesign documents (INDD), such as InDesign CC and CC 2014, in older versions of Adobe InDesign, such as InDesign CS5-CS6. Data conversion with the MarkzTools for InDesign plugin can open InDesign CS6 in InDesign CS5.5 and more:

Since Markzware publishes MarkzTools for InDesign, we noticed a CreativePro article titled, “How to Open InDesign Documents in Older Versions“. This MarkzTools for InDesign review mentions how Markzware’s InDesign plugin:

Here is CreativePro’s MarkzTools review:

How to Open InDesign Documents in Older Versions
Written by Erica Gamet on November 18, 2014

Many of Markzware‘s products really get at the heart of issues we as designers and production folk have to deal with. Their latest offering — MarkzTools — excels at scratching an annoying itch we’ve all encountered. This InDesign plug-in allows users to open up documents in older versions of InDesign than the version in which they were created. Are you still the only one working in CS5.5, while the rest of your workgroup is immersed in the world of the Creative Cloud? No worries: MarkzTools can help.

The MarkzTools plug-in is as simple to use as other Markzware products. The user can initiate the conversion through a menu option in InDesign, or simply use InDesign’s Open command. Either way, the conversion is seamless and allows the user to just keep working. This plug-in takes away the need for saving as an IDML file and re-opening in InDesign, a practice which can lead to multiple versions of the interim IDML file floating around. Like using an IDML file, there may be items which don’t successfully transition backwards, so some cleanup will be inevitable. Helpfully, the newly-converted files will show a preview of any missing images, unlike an IDML file which displays missing images simply as grey boxes.

Following the trend in software and helper apps, Markzware is releasing the MarkzTools software via annual subscription. Currently, the plug-in is on sale for $99 for the year, with a regular price of $149. Near the end of the year-long subscription period, the user will be prompted to renew to continue using the plug-in. MarkzTools works on Macs running 10.6.8 or higher only and with InDesign versions CS5, CS5.5, and CS6.

About Erica Gamet
Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer focusing on Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Apple Keynote, and other print- and production-related topics. She has been a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4 from McGraw-Hill Osborne, and has served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. Erica is currently feeding her nomadic spirit by traveling around the U.S., visiting far-flung friends, and bicycling every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica’s upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

For more information on this data conversion software, please visit the MarkzTools page. For more desktop publishing (DTP) solutions and conversion tools, please visit the Markzware Products page.