Old Indesign File Won't Package Without Missing Plugins

November 14, 2011 / Updated: November 14, 2011 / Lena Shore

Question

I’m trying to package a file in Indesign, and get this message: “This document cannot be installed due to missing plugins. Please install or activate these plugins.” I don’t have the plugin asked for.  The original file is really old and I don’t have a way to get those plugins. What can I do?

Answer

You can strip the document of plug information easily. Although, it matters which version of InDesign how you do it.

  • If you have an older version of InDesign (CS4 or older) you can export your file to an INX document and that will strip the plugins.
  • If you have CS5 you will need to export your document as an IDML (InDesign Markup Language) file.
After you export a version of the document in question, you can open it with InDesign and then package your document normally.

Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

4 Comments

  1. Barry on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Many thanks! Perfect solution 🙂

  2. John Maughan on January 3, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Worked very well for a file we were really struggling with. top tip

  3. Mary Ann on October 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Thank you! This saved me so much time =)

  4. Fernanda Albuquerque on May 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I Love it! The most simple way I’ve find to solve that problem. Very thanks for share.

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