Pagemaker 4 and 5 help please

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Case-sensitive, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Case-sensitive macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2006
    I'm trying to retrieve some work I did in the mid-nineties, the people I worked with are keen to set up an online record of the project.

    Problem is that many of the files I need were created with PM4/5. I have searched but can only find references to Indesign being able to open PM6/7 files – not older versions.

    Does anyone know of any way to bring these files into the 21st century – preferably in an editable format?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Get hold of a copy of Pagemaker 6.5 or 7, run it on an old Mac or hopefully within Rosetta, and open and resave the files up to a more recent version which you'll then be able to (imperfectly) work on in InDesign. There really isn't a much better way, except maybe to farm the work out to someone who is still running Pagemaker.

    Adobe say they have a trial download of Pagemaker 7 still available, although you'll need an Adobe ID. I'm not sure what functionality it will have but Adobe's trial products are usually time-limited, not function-limited.

    Make sure you also have all relevant fonts installed, too.
  3. Case-sensitive thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2006
    Thanks Blue. I was hoping someone might have heard of a third party plug-in or somesuch. I do have an Adobe ID so will try the trial version of PM7 – i just hope it's not save-disabled!
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Rosetta won't be of much use here. Pagemaker 7 and Pagemaker 6.5.2 work perfectly fine under Classic or MacOS 9. For these, the OP needs a PPC Mac running MacOS X 10.4.11 or older. Rosetta allows PPC apps to run on Intel-based Macs. However, it does not enable Classic, and will not allow Pagemaker to run.

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