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Chapter 7. Importing and Exporting > The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Can you get there from here? When you’re working with InDesign, you can almost always export or save files in a form you can use in another program, and you can usually produce files in other programs you can import or open using InDesign. There are definitely bumps in the road—sometimes, you’ve got to go through an intermediate program to convert files from one format to another (particularly if the files came from another type of computer).

Someday, we’ll have a more complete, universal, and sophisticated file format for exchanging publications. PDF is getting very close to being that format, and it’s certainly making steps in the right direction. When the great day arrives, we’ll be able to take page layouts from InDesign to FreeHand to QuarkXPress to Photoshop, using each program for what it’s best at without losing any formatting along the way.


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