A reader can’t open some files she needs to access:  “Do you know of any program that would open, read and copy those files made with Pagemaker 7 and possibly convert them over to another word processor? I have multiple files on my external hard drive that were made using Pagemaker 7. I also have the Pagemaker 7 disc that I bought years ago. Am now using my son-in-law’s all-in-one HP computer that has no disk drive. I tried using a portable DVD drive that I got from Amazon, but that wouldn’t work with the CD disk that I have. I took that Pagemaker 7 CD to Office Depot to see if they could convert it over to a Flash Drive so I could install the program onto this computer, but they said they couldn’t do it because that would be \"pirating\", or something to that effect. I sure never thought this would happen – an all-in-one with no disc drive. I have truly become a dinosaur.”

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You aren’t a dinosaur, but I can’t say the same for Pagemaker. Even if you had a CD drive, the problem would be that no currently supported OS can be guaranteed to work with Pagemaker 7.

Before I start this rescue mission, it’s a good time to point out that if you have a program that saves files in a proprietary format, it’s a good idea to export some copies into other formats that can work on multiple programs — just in case.

If you’re ready to embark on our rescue mission,  you can go here and download this free trial copy of Adobe Pagemaker 7. Make sure you click the green Download Button and none of the other pop-ups.

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If you are able to get the program up and running you can then try the export functions to save the files in a more usable format.  If anyone else has some good suggestions for opening these types of files, let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia