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Chapter 7. Importing and Exporting > InDesign Interchange Format (INX)

InDesign Interchange Format (INX)

If you’ve been poking around the Export dialog box, you might have noticed an option to export the file using something called the “InDesign Interchange Format.” What the heck is that? In short, it’s a way to save an InDesign file as an XML representation of itself. This is not the same as saving the layout as XML—it’s nothing less than an attempt to render everything in the InDesign file, including styles, colors, page margins, and ruler guides, out to a text file.

The only trouble is—this feature was intended as a way to save InDesign CS files for use in InDesign 2.x. The idea was to provide a plug-in that could open the interchange format files in the previous version, thereby providing the much-requested “save backwards” capability. This plug-in has not yet seen the light of day, and, given the inexorable pace of InDesign development, probably never will (not for InDesign 2.x, anyway).


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