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Conversion Issues

While InDesign does a remarkably good job of converting PageMaker documents, you’ll notice a number of discrepancies between the original document and the converted file. Some of these are simply because of differences between the way the two applications work. Here are some common issues:

  • Double-sided Pages. InDesign converts double-sided documents that do not contain facing pages into single-page spreads. If there are facing pages, they’ll be converted to facing-page spreads.

  • Pasteboard. Because of differences in the way the applications handle pasteboards (see Chapter 2), all items on PageMaker pasteboards will appear on the pasteboard of the first InDesign spread.

  • Layers. When converting a PageMaker publication, InDesign creates two layers—Default and Master Default. Objects on PageMaker master pages appear on the Master Default layer.

  • Type Composition. PageMaker composes its lines one line at a time. InDesign’s default is the Multi-line Composer which will break lines differently. Even if you choose the Single-line Composer, while the lines may break more similarly, text will usually reflow.

  • Type Styling. PageMaker can stylize a font (for example, bold or italic) when the printer font is not available, but InDesign cannot. If a printer font is missing when the file is converted, the font is highlighted in pink as missing.

  • Paragraph rules. Paragraph rules in PageMaker are considered as part of the paragraph slug; in InDesign they’re not. Rules above and below extend in opposite directions in the two applications, so they’ll have to be reformatted in InDesign.


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