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PDF to InDesign

PDF to InDesign conversion plug-in.

"PDF2ID has been an invaluable tool for many of Our customers in getting PDFs converted to editable InDesign files; With InDesign CC support, PDF2ID provides better performance than ever before…"
Chris Kitchener, Product Manager, Adobe® InDesign


PDF2ID is a Mac and Windows InDesign plug-in to convert PDF, Illustrator1 and Windows XPS files to editable InDesign (INDD) files.

Convert PDF to editable InDesign files. Convert XPS to InDesign files. Convert Illustrator1 to InDesign files.

Open, Convert and Edit PDF, Illustrator1 and Windows XPS documents directly in Adobe InDesign CS4/CS5/CS5.5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015

Video showing How to convert PDF to InDesign using PDF2ID v4.5; the PDF to InDesign converter that Adobe recommends. Batch convert PDF to InDesign (indd) type. Select multiple PDF, Illustrator (.ai) or Windows XPS files and PDF2ID converts them to fully formatted and editable InDesign (indd) format in seconds. PDF2ID operates with InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, CC, CC 2014 and CC 2015.

Photoshop User Magazine/April 2014/06/30
Rating: Rating: 4.5 stars Rating: Highly Recommended

PDF2ID converts every page in a PDF, Illustrator or XPS file to an equivalent page in the resulting InDesign document.

PDF2ID re-creates the intended layout of the document by forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables; recovering PDF annotations and other elements automatically.

PDF2ID also provides options for converting or extracting data from a range of pages in a PDF, Illustrator or XPS document. You can extract text or images, or convert the entire document to the InDesign format.

PDF2ID enables recovery and reuse of the contents stored in PDF and XPS files making them available for use by anyone. Since PDF2ID is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign it is not necessary to acquire and install additional PDF or XPS editing and re-purposing tools, resulting in huge cost savings in both time and expense.

PDF2ID Tutorials

1. Illustrator files need to be saved with the PDF compatibility option.

Note: Layout reconstruction varies depending on document and may not be 100% accurate. PDF2ID does not support Type 3 fonts and user-defined dictionaries embedded in PDF files. Moreover, PDF2ID does not perform Optical Character Recognition/Analysis. Scanned pages of printouts stored in PDF documents are usually images. PDF2ID therefore treats such data as images. It also does not process PDF forms, graphics filters, 3D data in PDF files, JBIG2 images and certain graphics operations. Finally, PDF2ID doesn’t process externally linked files or embedded fonts.Adobe and InDesign are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and other countries.