can't open old PM files

can't open old PM files

Post by mbenchof » Sun, 29 Feb 2004 03:48:25

Hello all. I'm fairly inexperienced with Pagemaker, so please bear
with me...

I'm trying to convert some old (Mac) Pagemaker files into PDFs, but I
can't open them with Pagemaker 6.5 (Mac) or inDesign CS. We have a
copy of Pagemaker 5.0, but I can't get it to install (it keeps asking
for "Disk 2" during the install process, but there is no disk 2 nor is
there a folder labeled 2 -- there are folders 1 and 3-10, however).
The file extension on the Pagemaker files are .pmd and the folder that
contains the files is labeled PM6 (which makes me think that they're
Pagemaker 6, but I don't know). The best part is, I have no idea how
to get hold of the people/person that created these files in the first

Does anyone have any ideas as to how I can open these files? Muchos

Mike Benchoff

can't open old PM files

Post by Bob Levin » Sun, 29 Feb 2004 03:52:06

PMD is the file extension for PM 7.



can't open old PM files

Post by Cyndee Mey » Sun, 29 Feb 2004 04:00:41

And, Pagemaker 6.5 can open these files -- just select "all files" in the
file open dialog and select the file you want.


can't open old PM files

Post by mbenchof » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 02:47:33

Thanks for the rapid responses, Bob and Cyndee.

When I'm presented with the File Open dialog in PM 6.5 I don't have
the option to choose "All Files." And PM 6.5 won't "accept" the file
if I drag in onto its icon in the Dock or in the Finder.

Also, when I try to open one of the files in inDesign (whether through
the File Open dialog box, double-clicking, or dragging onto its icon)
I am presented with the following error message:

"Cannot open the file 'C&R (001-29).pmd'. Adobe InDesign may not
support the
file format, a plug-in that supports the file format may be
missing, or the file
may be open in another application."

I'm surprised to hear that the .pmd extension is for PM7 files, as
these files are for a book that was published more than 5 years ago. I
suppose that someone could have converted them or something since
then, but I wasn't aware of that. Is it possible that these files are
in PM7 for Windows format? I remember someone once telling me that
files created with PM 6.5 for Mac weren't compatible with PM 6.5 for
Windows, and vice versa. Oy vay, what a pain...

can't open old PM files

Post by Dick Margu » Mon, 01 Mar 2004 02:55:49


Consider the possibility that someone manually changed file extensions
"to be helpful." Try manually changing them to what you think they
should be, p65. Worth a shot, right?

The rule with PM has always been that on a given platform you could open
older version files from the same platform or same-version files from
the opposite platform but not older-version files from the opposite
platform. That's strictly a within-PageMaker convention and I don't know
how it plays out with InDesign.

Also, try renaming the miscreant file to something in 8.3 format with no
special characters; the ampersand and parentheses could be tripping you
up. Change it to test001.p65 and see what happens.


Mike Benchoff wrote:


can't open old PM files

Post by Frank Jone » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 21:19:56

On 27 Feb 2004 10:48:25 -0800, XXXX@XXXXX.COM (Mike Benchoff)

Do you have the CD version?

I seem to remember that the CD comes with a floppy disk - that floppy
disk is Disk 2.

I should still have that disk somewhere if you need a copy.