MarkzTools2 (InDesign to IDML)

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MarkzTools2 a stand-alone macOS file conversion application, can convert a newer version InDesign document to an IDML file that is readable by InDesign CS4 and newer. Like MarkzTools, MarkzTools2 can be used to open and modify documents of newer InDesign versions, such as CC 2018, CC 2017, CC 2015, CC2014, and CC in older versions of InDesign such as CS6.

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InDesign to IDML Conversions

Markzware’s InDesign to IDML converter, MarkzTools2, converts items, including:

• anchored boxes
• blends
• color models
• fonts
• images
• layers
• linked text boxes
• page positioning
• pantone colors
• runarounds
• styles
• tables
• text attributes
• much more…

Converts InDesign CC 2018

through InDesign CS2

MarkzTools2 can convert Adobe InDesign CC 2018 though CS2 documents into IDML files readable by InDesign CS4 and newer.

Conversions as Easy as 1, 2, 3

How to Open a newer InDesign file in an older version of InDesign

  1. To Open a newer InDesign file in an older version of InDesign you need to convert the file to IDML. Choose the “Convert InDesign Document…” menu item from the “File” menu in MarkzTools2.
  2. Navigate to and choose the InDesign document that you would like to convert to IDML and then click the “Open” button.
  3. You will see the processing dialog window while your InDesign document is being converted into an IDML document.
  4. Once completed you can navigate to the original document in a Finder window and see the newly created IDML file alongside.
The InDesign document has now been converted to an IDML file that can be opened by any version of Adobe InDesign from CS4 through CC 2018.

Purchasing Options

More Options (Seat Count, Quantity, and Upgrades)

Seat Count

Seat Count is the number of systems a single License can be installed on. You may wish to purchase a 5 seat count, quantity 1, to install on 5 machines using a single License.


Quantity is the number of individual Licenses to purchase. You may wish to purchase 5 individual Licenses each to be installed on 1 system.


You may qualify for upgrade pricing if you have a previous License Code for MarkzTools2 or MarkzTools. You’ll see the upgrade discount after you click the “ADD TO CART” button.

Some people might ask

What Is Converted

Page Positioning

The conversion process will maintain each element’s page position and z-index (depth order).


Layers will be retained.

Linked Text Boxes

Linked text boxes will be recreated in the new document.


You will find that the automatic conversion process is highly accurate.

Style Sheets

Both Paragraph and Character Style Sheets are maintained through the conversion process. Years of our team perfecting the conversion process ensures that all style data is copied over.


Images, both Linked and Embedded, are recreated as originally designed in the converted document.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Is there a Windows version of MarkzTools2?

At this time MarkzTools2 is a macOS application only. We do offer a DTP Conversion Service, which can convert your files for you.

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System Requirements

  • macOS 10.8 or higher
  • Internet connection to Activate and Register
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