How to open adobe framemaker files in adobe indesign

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How to open adobe framemaker files in adobe indesign
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Although Adobe FrameMaker and Adobe InDesign are similar programs owned by the same company, InDesign will not open a FrameMaker file. This can be problematic for desktop designers who work with clients that use InDesign, while they uses FrameMaker. Fortunately, a third-party company called DTP Tools has created a plug-in for InDesign that allows the user to convert FrameMaker files into a format InDesign can open.

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Things you need

  • Internet access
  • Adobe FrameMaker
  • FrameMaker file
  • Adobe InDesign

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  1. 1

    Download FM2MIF. Before importing a FrameMaker file into InDesign, the file will need to be converted into a FrameMaker Interchange Format file. Download and install the free FM2MIF program from the DTP Tools website.

  2. 2

    Open the FrameMaker file that you want to convert. Select "Convert FM files to MIF files" from the "Utilities" submenu in the "File" menu. Then select the folder that contains the FrameMaker files that you want to convert. Adobe will convert the files to MIF files.

  3. 3

    Download the MIF Filter for InDesign. Before opening the MIF files in InDesign, you will need to download the MIF Filter plug-in from the DTP Tools website. The filter is free to download and only costs money if you want to save the InDesign document.

  4. 4

    Install the MIF Filter and place it in InDesign's plug-in folder.

  5. 5

    Open InDesign. Select "Open" from the "File" menu and select a FrameMaker MIF file. Compare the converted file to the original to make sure that it converted correctly.

  6. 6

    Purchase credit to save the file. If you are satisfied with the results, you will need to purchase credit in order to save the InDesign document. Go to the DTP Tools website. Select the MIF Filter link and click on the "Buy Now" button.

  7. 7

    Select "Save" from the "File" menu.

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