I have inherited design files created in InDesign CC...but I am running CS5. Other than the obvious solution of upgrading my software, are there any other resources that would allow me to work with this file? I don't have any way of procuring the "exported" file format, which would possibly allow me to open this in a later version. The .indd file is all I have. Thanks in advance for your help—I know this may be a long shot. :-)

  • There is always the "friend" resource... Ask someone that has CC-2014 to save down. – DᴀʀᴛʜVᴀᴅᴇʀ Sep 15 '14 at 13:10


There's no method to open newer InDesign files unless they have been specifically exported for backwards compatibility.

Of course.. there are always 30 day trials....



Do you have an Adobe Account / Adobe ID Profile? If you have official software, when you installed(hopefully) you registered. If you are logged into adobe.com then when you try to open a newer file a Creative Cloud window will pop up and offer to convert for you.

I have to do this weekly. Note: I am using CS6, don't have CC, and it converts in a matter of seconds.

(It's been a couple of years since I installed, so I don't remember if logging into Adobe.com is sufficient, or if you have to go under the Help menu in ID, and click on Complete/Update Adobe ID Profile).


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