IDML File Extension

IDML file icon
Adobe InDesign Markup Language Format
  • Developer
    Adobe Systems
  • Popularity
    3.5 (7 votes)

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 that support IDML file

Conversion of a IDML file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the IDML extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of IDML file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from IDML extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to IDML file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the IDML file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the IDML file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the IDML file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the IDML file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the IDML file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the IDML file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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