Sharedcontent.rpln Plugin: InDesign CS5.5 Documents Not Backwards Compatible
Edit: I’ve seen a great deal of search traffic for “sharedcontent.rpln” and “sharedcontent indesign plugin.” The problem is most likely that you’re trying to open a file created / saved in InDesign CS 5.5 in InDesign CS 5.0. Keep reading for some more details…
So, the other day I upgraded to Adobe InDesign CS5.5. However, I only got around to installing the new version of the software on my desktop PC in my home office. My laptop, which I use for some image processing / design work while I’m out and about, still has InDesigon CS5 installed on it.
I didn’t think much of it. I kind of assumed that documents would be compatible between the two versions. After all, it wasn’t a big enough upgrade to justify moving from “CS5″ to “CS6.” When I posted the last comp card InDesign template, I mentioned that I designed it in CS5.5 and I hoped the file would be backwards compatible.
Well, today, I found out to my chagrin that they are not backwards compatible. I uploaded a new project (a comp card) to a new printer, because I wanted to test out the quality. The digital proof I got back from them had a few minor issues, so I went to open up the InDesign document and make some changes. I’m stuck at jury duty for the day (oh boy), so I’m working on my laptop.
As soon as I tried to open up the InDesign CS5.5 document, I was greeted by a series of error messages. First, it said that a plug-in was missing (Sharedcontent.rpln). Then, it said that it “Cannot open file,” and listed eight plug-ins that were out of date (text.rpln, generic page item.rpln, graphics.rpln, xml.rpln, hyperlinks.rpln, formfield.rpln, document framework.rpln, and dynamicdocuments.rpln). And… that was that. It wouldn’t open the file and convert it to the old version or anything.
I just checked and I do have some updates available for the version of CS5 on my laptop. I wonder if that my fix the problem. Seems strange that the files would be totally incompatible between the two versions. I guess when I get home I’ll have to check if I can save backwards in CS5 format and post two copies of the files on the Free Adobe InDesign Templates page.
Tell us what do you think.