Adobe FrameMaker 11: Opening a FrameMaker 11 Document in an Earlier Version
From a recent Rocky Mountain Training Introduction to Adobe FrameMaker 11 student:
A real quick question…I have FrameMaker version 9. I downloaded the trial for 11 to take the class. My 30 day trial ends today. I attempted to open my files using 9 but can’t. I get the following error message:
You just need to save the FrameMaker 11 files into a format that FrameMaker 9 will understand. FrameMaker uses a format called MIF for this situation. From the Adobe FrameMaker 9 MIF Reference:
MIF (Maker Interchange Format) is a group of ASCII statements that create an easily parsed, readable text file of all the text, graphics, formatting, and layout constructs that Adobe® FrameMaker® understands. Because MIF is an alternative representation of a FrameMaker document, it allows FrameMaker and other applications to exchange information while preserving graphics, document content, and format.
The very flexible MIF format can be used in a variety of advanced situations, including as a way to interface with database publishing applications. For you, it’s going to be the way you save a file in a format that can be opened by an earlier version of the software.
Here’s the sequence:
- Open the file in FrameMaker 11
- File > Save as > Save as Type > MIF 7.0 *
- Be sure to change the extension to .MIF
- Close the file in FrameMaker 11
- Open the .MIF file in FrameMaker 9
- File > Save as > Save as Type > Document 9.0 *
- Be sure to change the extension to .FM
That should do it! Let me know how it goes.
It went perfectly. Thank you!
* The specific steps shown above allow our student open her FrameMaker 11 files in FrameMaker 9. If you are trying to save any FrameMaker file into a format that an earlier version can open, you can still follow the same general steps. Note that in FrameMaker 11, there are two MIF options in the Save as dialog box: MIF 11.0 and MIF 7.0. Use MIF 11.0 to create a text file containing FrameMaker 10 statements that describe all text and graphics. Use MIF 7.0 to create a text file containing FrameMaker 7.0 statements that describe all text and graphics. MIF 7.0 files can be opened in 7, 7.1, 7.2, 8, 9, 10 and 11.