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  • InDesign: Interchange Format

    May 2nd, 2006 by Russell Viers

    Need to take your InDesign CS2 file back to CS1?
    Well then you’ll need the InDesign Interchange Format.
    Click Here to Watch the Video.
    There are other reasons, too, like if you think your document is acting a little crazy–perhaps it’s going corrupt. I’ve had files that wouldn’t print properly work better after running through the Interchange Format.
    Sometimes I do it just because it’s fun to say InDesign Interchange Format.
    To convert your document to this format, select File>Export and choose Interchange Format. Boom-Buh…there you go.
    To open it again, simple select File>Open and target the .inx file or drag it over the InDesign icon on the doc (Mac).
    One tip…if you are using CS1 and can’t open an .inx file sent to you from CS2, you probably don’t have the most recent patch for InDesign CS1. Go to and download it. Now you can open that file.

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