.exec to .indd, adobe indesign, InDesign, layout artist, Quark, quark files, software, technology
Getting information off the Internet is like
taking a drink from a fire hydrant.
[NOTE: This falls under the “I just had to tell someone” category, and is probably only of interest to about three people in the whole world.]
One of my clients needs to reprint a book he published in 2001. He gave me CDs of the original computer files and asked if I could access them after all of these years of changes and upgrades. The original layout artist used a piece of software (QuarkXPress) that I used in the past but no longer keep on my computer. After all of these years, the Quark files were simply grey rectangles with .exec on them. I had no software that would open these files.
I searched the internet for similar quandaries, and found discussion boards that indicated that there was no way I could access these files. I went into a problem-solving mode based upon the premise, I couldn’t make the problem worse so I’d try several hunch-based fixes. I changed the suffix on the file from .exec to .indd (for InDesign) and, TA DA, it opened in my new Adobe InDesign CS6 just as though it had been laid out yesterday.
If I weren’t alone right now, I’d give someone a huge kiss, and buy them an ice cream cone.
Nothing feels better than accomplishing the impossible!
Way to go Katherine. You are truly a genious!
Sonja Dalglish said:
You are so awesome! I am so glad you solved this previously unsolvable problem. Congratulations! and a hug! and kiss – and, of course, ice cream!
Love this!! I have these moments once in awhile too, but my husband is a tech guy so he TOTALLY understands my joy. Even though, of course, he would have known what to do in the first place, and wouldn’t have spent all that time figuring it out!
KnitPickyinPA - Ravelry said:
Now that is problem solving! I would never be able do without my laptop! EVER!
Mary Ann said:
Happy, happy, happy! I applaud you for figuring this out, but most of all for not giving up! Here’s a big hug and a pat on the back!
Marilyn Misegades Buster said:
And there are people out there that don’t really understand that computers really are wonderfull. Good thinking!!!!