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IDML File Extension

Adobe InDesign Markup Language Format
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What is IDML file?

Files with the IDML extension are created with Adobe InDesign, and the full name of the format is the InDesign Markup Language. This program is designed for purpose of creating complex graphic layouts of pages, which are later used in magazines, newspapers, brochures, leaflets, books or eBooks. Content of IDML files contains properties of arrangement, metadata, multimedia elements, formatting, and other specific information.

Additional information about IDML files

IDML format is the successor of the INX format, which was much harder to edit using software of other companies – it was less available for software from other companies. Therefore, a new format was created, so that modifying and creating page layouts could be more user friendly also using other applications, not only via Adobe InDesign.

IMDL is a format based on the XML structure, where all of its components are stored within a compressed ZIP package. A single IDML file comprises of files and folders containing elements of a project, arranged according to adequate hierarchy.

Structure of IDML files

Structure of IDML files comprises of the following folders containing project’s elements, and documents and files defining settings and styles of those components:

  • XML
  • Resources
  • Stories
  • Spreads
  • MasterSpreads

Programs which support IDML file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 2 operating systems that support IDML files. IDML files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support IDML file

Updated: 07/05/2022

How to open file with IDML extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening IDML files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with IDML files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Download and install Adobe InDesign

Install software to open IDML file Problems with opening and working with IDML files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with IDML files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Adobe InDesign or different compatible program, such as Adobe IDMLTools, Adobe Creative Suite. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support IDML files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Adobe InDesign installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Adobe Systems Incorporated website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Adobe InDesign

Update software that support file extension IDMLIf the problems with opening IDML files still occur even after installing Adobe InDesign, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Adobe InDesign is available. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why IDML files are not compatible with Adobe InDesign. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Adobe InDesign.

Step 3. Set the default application to open IDML files to Adobe InDesign

After installing Adobe InDesign (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open IDML files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with IDML file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the IDML file and choose Open with option
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Adobe InDesign installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open IDML files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with IDML file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected IDML file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • Select Adobe InDesign and click Change for all...
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with IDML extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Check the IDML for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the IDML file is valid. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check IDML file for viruses
1. The IDML may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the IDML is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the IDML file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Verify that the IDML file’s structure is intact

Did you receive the IDML file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with IDML extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Adobe InDesign

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with IDML extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Adobe InDesign Markup Language Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with IDML files affecting older versions of given software.

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