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The required index.xml file is missing.

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Fran Wehman Calculating status...
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Aug 26, 2009 7:42 AM
I am getting the following message this morning when I try to open a pages file
The required index.xml file is missing. What does this mean?

The file I am trying to open is a letter size dvd cover containing words and 3 photos.
I cannot find anything by searching this forum or in the help files.

Thanks
Fran
MacBook Core Duo, iPhone, iMac G5,Mac Mini 1.42, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,750 points)
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    Aug 26, 2009 8:02 AM (in response to Fran Wehman)
    There are 73 hits when searching on Index.xml in iWork forum during this year. 29 if you don't use advanced options. Have a look and see if you can get your answer there. Eventually Yvan the King might turn up and help you!
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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Aug 26, 2009 8:25 AM (in response to Fran Wehman)
    You really searched the wrong way
    This subject appears quite once a week

    Attach your file to a mail and send them to my mailbox.
    I will try to recover the beast.

    Click my blue name to get my address.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France.) mercredi 26 août 2009 17:25:44
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Aug 27, 2009 7:35 PM (in response to Fran Wehman)
    I have been using Macs since the IIe


    No such thing as a Mac IIe. The IIe was an Apple, well before the first Macintosh. Just because you've been using Apples for a long time doesn't give you extra privileges.

    fruhulda was encouraging you to search for yourself, not ask the other users here to do the work for you. That's usually quicker than waiting for someone to search for your answer & then post a link. It appears you didn't search at all.

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  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,750 points)
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    Aug 27, 2009 9:34 PM (in response to Peggy)
    Thank you, Peggy!

    Message was edited by: fruhulda
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  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,750 points)
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    Aug 27, 2009 9:36 PM (in response to Fran Wehman)
    Frank, Do really think I would put up 73 links??? I wont answer any of your posts in the future.
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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Aug 28, 2009 2:19 AM (in response to fruhulda)
    Don't worry fruhulda.
    Laziness is a very well distributed product !

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 28 août 2009 11:18:57
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • davismaximus Calculating status...
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    Oct 21, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to Fran Wehman)
    Dear Fran,

    I commiserate. I've been a Mac user since 1987 and I ran into the exact same problem last night.
    Here's what ended up working for me, just by trial and error. (This was a Pages file I had saved in a folder that is automatically backed up by Dropbox, although I was using the local version, not a version that had been backed up by Dropbox, so I doubt Dropbox had much to do with it):

    (1) Removed the ".pages" file extension.
    (2) Opened the file in the Finder, which decompressed it.
    (3) Restored the ".pages" file extension.

    Takes 5 seconds. Worth a try.
    Aluminum MacBook (early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • David Bivans1 Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2009 1:40 PM (in response to davismaximus)
    I have the same problem with a VERY important document that I developed two years ago.

    My question: How did you remove the “.pages” extension; then “Opened the file in the Finder”, and then restored the extension?

    The only way I have been able to remove the file extension is in Get Info. After that even if I force it to open with Pages it says it can't be opened. I am really at a loss how to recover this document. Even going to my backups I still get the same situation.

    Anything would be appreciated.
    PowerMac 2.7GHZ G5, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo IMac
  • davismaximus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 4, 2009 3:23 PM (in response to David Bivans1)
    You should be able to remove the extension simply by clicking on the file name and renaming it by deleting the file extension.
    After doing that, do not open it in Pages. My previous posting said, open it using the Finder. Just double-click on the file. That should cause Finder's file decompression utility to launch automatically. Do not force Pages to open it.
    This worked in Snow Leopard 10.6. If you don't know how to rename a file, or it doesn't work ... sorry. Don't know what to tell you.
  • David Bivans1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Nov 6, 2009 9:05 AM (in response to davismaximus)
    I’m used to just changing the file name and not changing the suffix. However when I do this in 10.6.1 in the finder it says it can’t be opened. Unless there is another way to fix the missing index.xml file, I am screwed.
    2.4 GHz iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,350 points)
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    Nov 6, 2009 9:22 AM (in response to David Bivans1)
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.

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