How to save a CS6 InDesign file down to version CS4 or CS5

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TIP OF THE WEEK: How to save a CS6 InDesign file down to version CS4 or CS5

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Almost every InDesign user experiences missing plug-ins, fonts or links while trying to open a document. With these 3 easy steps you’re maybe able to avoid it in the future:

1. Go under MENU > FILE > PACKAGE – This way Adobe InDesign makes a package of all the fonts and links (images) you’ve used in your InDesign file.
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2. Go under MENU > FILE > SAVE and choose under Format: CS4 or later (IDML) …
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… the same option you may find under FILE > EXPORT and choose under Format: InDesign Markup (IDML) which is the same.
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3. Put the IDML into the same packaged folder. Every printer and person who needs to open your InDesign file will find it useful. Even if they are using CS4 or CS5, they can click on the IDML and your CS6 InDesign document opens this way. Also, all the fonts and links (images) are collected in the same folder.

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