PMD, PageMaker Document (.pmd)
The PMD Document file format
PMD files are used by Adobe PageMaker 7.0 to create simple desktop publishing documents such as newsletters, mailing labels, envelopes, and catalogues. PageMaker development was stopped by Adobe in 2001, encouraging users to switch to InDesign. The program allows users to edit images, text, spreadsheets, charts and formatting within a document to resemble various styles of publishing like magazines, newspapers and books in a professional and creative manner. PageMaker was used on both Windows and Apple computers, but most updates and new version were released for Mac before Windows.
Technical details of PMD files
PageMaker documents utilize the Adobe System’s PostScript page description language. PageMaker was created in 1985 for use with Apple Macintosh and eventually Windows 1.0. By PageMaker was capable of PostScript font support in version 1.2. Aldus Pagemaker 2 in 1987 allowed users without Windows to use the program using MS-DOS. Version 3.01 allowed multithreading to improve responsiveness of users. Word processing capabilities and typographic controls were improved in version 4. PageMaker 7.0 (2001) was the final release with no updates for newer OS platforms. Adobe highly encourages users to use newer programs such as InDesign. Downloads for PageMaker are still available today, but not used often.