I have some old FrameMaker documents on my Mac (Intel Core Duo, OS X 1.6.6). Is there any way to open this files (readonly would be ok)? I cannot use the FrameMaker 10 trial from Adobe, because it is windows only. There has been a reader/viewer app in the past but I cannot find it anywhere.

There are two file formats:

  • *.mif is Maker Interchange Format (an XML dialect)
  • *.fm is FrameMaker binary
  • Suffering from the same I couldn't find another solution yet than the DTP-Filters (available for InDesign or Quark XPress) that allows to import and work on MIF/FM-Files. – user7246 Jun 16 '11 at 13:44

Adobe provides an online pdf creator which they state handles FrameMaker files.

However, it costs $10 a month to use it, but it might be worth a shot. (Albeit, you may convert 5 files to pdfs before you have to pay).


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  • I do not find any hint that CreatePDF handles FrameMaker, but I will have a try with the test account... – Arne Burmeister Feb 23 '11 at 11:09
  • createpdf.adobe.com/cgi-feeder.pl/formats?BP=&LOC=en_US "Adobe Formats Illustrator® (.ai), InDesign™ (.indd), FrameMaker® (.fm, .mif), PageMaker® (.pm, .pm6, .p65, .pmd, .pmt), Photoshop® (.psd)" – SomeOtherGuy Feb 23 '11 at 11:10
  • Thanks, the FAQ does not list it: createpdf.acrobat.com/faq.html – Arne Burmeister Feb 23 '11 at 11:17
  • Arrrgghh. There a two versions of the createpdf service: createpdf.adobe.com and createpdf.acrobat.com. The acrobat version does not work (upload does not allow *.fm, point to printer driver but that is wirndows 7 only). But I have uploaded to the adobe site and got the pdf by email! – Arne Burmeister Feb 23 '11 at 20:28
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    Unfortunately the website createpdf.adobe.com now forwards you to createpdf.acrobat.com. It seems as if Adobe does not provide anymore a service for Framemaker to PDF conversion. – user47361 Apr 13 '13 at 16:49

MIF Filter

From DTP Tools. IDNWFT

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  • Sounds good, but I do not have InDesign. – Arne Burmeister Feb 28 '11 at 7:50

Find a friend with a Windows system and get them to download the (fully functional) 30-day trial.

Or, set up Bootcamp/Parallels and do the same on your system.

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