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Chapter 45. Other Export Options > InDesign Interchange Format

InDesign Interchange Format

The InDesign Interchange Format (.inx file) is a way to save an entire InDesign file in a text-only file. This feature was intended as a way to save InDesign CS files for use in InDesign 2. You can export your files just fine, but unfortunately there’s no way to open these files in InDesign 2! Therefore .inx files aren’t particularly helpful yet. On the other hand, we have found that we can clean up the occasional file “weirdness” (possible document corruption) by exporting the file in the interchange format and then reopening this .inx file in InDesign.

Technically, the InDesign Interchange Format file is saved as an XML file, so technically you could do some interesting things with it if you understood both XML and the file format (which is, sadly, undocumented by Adobe). But in the meantime, we ignore it most of the time.


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