.PMD File Extension

PageMaker Document

Developer Adobe Systems
3.7  |  204 Votes

What is a PMD file?

A PMD file is a page layout file created with Adobe PageMaker, a program used for creating professional publications such as newsletters and brochures. It contains formatted text, images, and drawn objects. PMD files also support images created in other Adobe programs.

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The Aldus Corporation developed PageMaker in the 1980s to provide professional users with a desktop publishing tool for designing print materials. Adobe Systems eventually acquired Aldus Corporation in 1994 and began releasing PageMaker under the Adobe banner in 1995. Adobe released the final version of PageMaker (7) in 2001, replacing it with InDesign.

When saving a page layout with PageMaker 6 or later, the application creates a PMD file to store the contents. After saving the page layout, you can close the file and re-open it to edit the page layout further.

How to open a PMD file

Although Adobe discontinued the software, you can open PMD files with Adobe PageMaker 6 or later. You can also open PMD files with Adobe InDesign CS6 or earlier. Unfortunately, later versions of InDesign do not open PMD files.

How to convert a PMD file

You can convert a PMD file to another format with Adobe InDesign CS6 or earlier to various file types, including the following formats:

  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript
  • .INDD - Adobe InDesign Document

If you want to open a PMD file with the Creative Cloud (CC) version of InDesign, you can convert it to an INDD file, then open it with InDesign CC.

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Programs that open PMD files

Poser Binary Morph File

Developer Bondware
3.7  |  48 Votes

3D image file created by Poser Pro, a character modeling and animation program; saves morphs, or the altered positions, of a character in a binary format; used for saving gestures, movement states, and other character positions.

Programs that open PMD files

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MikuMikuDance Polygon Model Data

Developer MikuMikuDance
3.5  |  28 Votes

A PMD file may also be a 3D model used by MikuMikuDance, a 3D animation app. It contains a humanoid mesh users can texture and animate using MikuMikuDance. Most PMD files are created using PMD Editor, a tool developed specifically to create and edit PMD files.

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MikuMikuDance is an animation program that allows users to import, skin, and animate 3D models saved in the PMD or .PMX format. Typically, users use MikuMikuDance to create animations that feature a vocaloid character dancing in a music video. However, users can also use MikuMikuDance to create short films and other types of animations.

To create a PMD model, users must use PMD Editor or another 3D modeling app, such as Blender, with an appropriate plug-in installed. After saving their finished PMD file, users can import the file into MikuMikuDance.

NOTE: PMD Editor has been discontinued and replaced by PMX Editor.

How to open a PMD file

You can open a PMD file with PMD or PMX Editor (Windows), to edit the mesh the file contains, or MikuMikuDance (Windows), to texture and animate the mesh the file contains. You can also open a PMD file with Blender (multiplatform), after installing a PMD plug-in.

How to convert a PMD file

You can use PMX Editor (Windows) to convert PMD files to the newer .PMX format. You can use Blender with a PMG plug-in installed to convert PMD files to other, more common 3D model formats, such as:

  • .DAE - Digital Asset Exchange
  • .USD - Universal Scene Description
  • .PLY - Polygon Model
  • .STL - Stereolithography File
  • .FBX - Autodesk FBX Interchange
  • .GLB, .GLTF - GL Transmission Format
  • .OBJ - Wavefront 3D Object
  • .X3D - Xara3D Project

Programs that open PMD files

PlanMaker Spreadsheet (Legacy)

Developer SoftMaker Software
3.3  |  40 Votes

A PMD file may also be a spreadsheet file created by PlanMaker, a spreadsheet application included with SoftMaker Office. It contains data in cells organized in rows and columns of a spreadsheet and may also store formulas and charts. PlanMaker replaced PMD files with .PMDX files, but still supports PMD files.

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Screenshot of a .pmd file in SoftMaker Office PlanMaker 2018
PMD file open in SoftMaker Office PlanMaker 2018

PlanMaker is similar to the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet application included with Microsoft Office. In addition, the software is included with SoftMaker Office, along with TextMaker, a word processor similar to Microsoft Word, and Presentations, a presentation application similar to Microsoft PowerPoint.

Before SoftMaker released the PMDX format, PlanMaker saved spreadsheets as PMD files by default. Although it is no longer the primary format, you can still choose to save spreadsheets as PMD files.

How to open a PMD file

You can open PMD files with PlanMaker, which is included with the SoftMaker Office suite. To open a PMD file with PlanMaker, select File → Open... or click the "Open" file icon in the "File" tab.

How to convert a PMD file

You can convert a PMD file to other formats with PlanMaker, which is included with SoftMaker Office. Possible formats include:

  • .PMDX - PlanMaker Spreadsheet
  • .PDF - Portable Document Format
  • .XLS - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (Legacy)
  • .XLSX - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet
  • .XLT - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Template (Legacy)
  • .XLTX - Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet Template
  • .TMD - TextMaker Document
  • .RTF - Rich Text Format

Programs that open PMD files


Proline Music Data

Developer Proline Software
1.0  |  1 Vote

A PMD file may also be an audio file included in a Proline Software video game. It contains a song played in the game. Notably, Nyet III - The Revenge of the Mutant Stones uses PMD files.

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Proline Software is a German software development company that has published several video games. Among these games is Nyet III, a Tetris clone for DOS systems.

Nyet III includes several PMD files, which the game uses to play intro, menu, and in-game music. For example, a PMD file might contain the song played on a Nyet III menu screen or the song played after a player beats a level. Many of the PMD files Nyet III contains are named SONG##.PMD.

Programs that open or reference PMD files

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