View Full Version : Printing a Pagemaker file without Pagemaker?

03-12-2005, 01:14 PM
The title basically sums it up - I've got a Painmaker file and I don't have access to the program (I'm on Windows, and have access to Linux). Is there any way of opening it, even read-only? The minimum I need to do is print it to Acrobat.

03-12-2005, 02:15 PM
It is going to depend on the version of pagemaker that created it and how it was saved. I would not be surprised if recent versions of pagemaker use PDF as their native file format now. This is what Illustrator does. If you take an Illustrator 10 (.AI) file and rename it to .PDF, it's a perfectly valid PDF file. It's worth a try.

03-12-2005, 02:27 PM
Nice idea, but unfortunately it didn't work.

I have just realised that there's a trial version of Pagemaker available - if that doesn't allow me to save or print, I'll be back to this thread. Otherwise, consider the problem solved!

Horatio Hellpop
03-12-2005, 03:43 PM
You could go to Kinkos or some graphics shop and get them to print out the file. Most commercial printers have production departments that uses Pagemaker or Quark. It'll run you a few bucks, but a new Pagemaker disk will run you about $700 last time I checked.

03-12-2005, 09:49 PM
Adobe InDesign will open a Pagemangler doc, and is available on Mac and PC. You might have to tweak some line breaks and check for overset text boxes, but it's pretty good.

Ask all your pals if they have PM or ID. They can save it out as a pdf. Heck, look for an email from me if your addy is in your profile...