Title: Unable to open legacy files in QuarkXPress 10/2015/ 2016, alert ‘Bad File Format’ pops up

Applies to- QuarkXPress 10, 2015 and 2016.


The legacy files or projects contains hyphenation exceptions and custom frame data. If that project is opened and saved with Keep Project Settings option , it does not open in QuarkXPress 10/ 2015/ 2016. The problem occurs with reading the custom frame data or hyphenation exceptions in the projects.

To open legacy files in QuarkXPress 10/2015/ 2016 without any alert follow below steps:
  1. Open the Project in QuarkXPress 7/ 8/ 9.
  2. Preferences mismatch alert pops up.
  3. Choose 'Use XPress Preferences' option and save the project. (Refer to the screenshot)
  4. Now, open the project in QuarkXPress 10/ 2015/ 2016 without any alert.