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Hi,
I hope this isn't a frequently asked question. I couldn't find it in any case.

I am looking to switch to Affinity Publisher from InDesign. I currently have about 75-85 INDD files that I will need to be able to work on in Publisher. So I set out to convert them to IDML, since Publisher is supposed to be able to open those.

However, Publisher doesn't actually open the couple of IDML files I created. It shows that it is loading something, but after 25 minutes nothing has happened. I tried opening the same files in InDesign, which does open them (does take about 5 min though). I am currently using a MacBook Pro mid 2014. I am awaiting the arrival of a MacBook Pro M1pro next month. On the new MacBook I would like to fully switch to the Affinity suite.

Any idea what goes wrong with the IDML files? How do I get them to open in Publisher?

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Welcome to the Affinity forums @EmmiV!

Turning off hardware acceleration in Preferences > Performance could be worth a try? Another reason could be, that your IDML files are really complex ... taking ID 5 minutes to open them seems to be an indicator.

Is it possible for you to upload one of those problem IDML files to the forum?

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Hi! Thanks for your reply @Joachim_L. Turning off hardware acceleration hasn't made a difference, unfortunately. 

File complexity might be the issue though. I tried a much simpler file and it did open. Unfortunately over half of my files are of the more complex type and I will still need to be able to work on those. I have attached one example. And further advice is greatly appreciated!

Denken in Getallen groep 3A.idml

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1 minute ago, RM f/g said:

It took my APub 5 seconds to open this file.

It took me a few seconds longer on my average Windows machine, so there is hope, that the files will open faster on your new machine Emmi.

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Thank you all for giving it a try! Here's hoping that my new macbook will do better. I didn't think the current one is particularly bad though. Normal INDD files open pretty fast (5 seconds). Is this a general issue with IMDL files, that they take longer to open?

Thank you, @RM f/g for sharing the converted file! This one opens in zero seconds! Very happy to get started! I need to relink the images though, and that seems to give a lot of error messages. For instance, Publisher says it doesn't support eps files, is that true? Will play around a bit and see how it goes.

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12 hours ago, EmmiV said:

Hi! Thanks for your reply @Joachim_L. Turning off hardware acceleration hasn't made a difference, unfortunately. 

File complexity might be the issue though. I tried a much simpler file and it did open. Unfortunately over half of my files are of the more complex type and I will still need to be able to work on those. I have attached one example. And further advice is greatly appreciated!

Denken in Getallen groep 3A.idml 8.94 MB · 2 downloads

Good news!  I opened your file (FILE>OPEN, not FILE>PLACE) in about 2 seconds using my 2020 Macbook Pro 13" with the M1 chip.  You should not have any problem at all with your new machine, when it arrives.  Just one very important thing.  You will find that Affinity Publisher will note any missing fonts, or other missing resources (see the attached notice below).  So do be sure that the fonts you have with InDesign are also installed on your new machine.  (Sample pages from your .idml document are attached, for you to see how they look in Publisher.)  Hope this will reassure you and that you will enjoy the Affinity Suite as much as I do!!

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1 hour ago, jmwellborn said:

You will find that Affinity Publisher will note any missing fonts, or other missing resources (see the attached notice below).

The ‘Old Press’ and ‘Walkway’ fonts are all available on DaFont.

https://www.dafont.com/old-press.font

https://www.dafont.com/walkway.font

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  • 3 weeks later...

Well, I got my new 2021 MacBook Pro and it opens de idml file now, but doesn't show any images. Just outlines that aren't clickable. In addition Publisher keeps lagging and stops responding. I have had to do a lot of force quits. Other (similar) idml files have the same issue. They take about a minute to open, too. So I guess that's not exactly an improvement...

Any more suggestions or do I just need to give up and find a way to keep using Adobe?

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