PDF2ID is a plug-in for InDesign and supports InDesign CS4 through CS6. Once the plug-in is installed you get a Recosoft menu in InDesign. To convert a PDF file choose the “PDF2ID – Convert PDF/XPS file” command from the Recosoft menu.
Note that PDF2ID also converts Windows XPS files to fully editable InDesign files.
Once you choose the “PDF2ID – Convert PDF/XPS file” command, a PDF/XPS files window appears.
Choose a PDF file to convert, and click Open. PDF2ID first inspects the file that you are trying to convert to see if it uses any fonts that aren’t available in your system. If it finds anything, it pops up a little tip for you indicating this.
We now see the main PDF2ID – Options window appear which allows you to specify settings to fine-tune the conversion. This PDF2ID – Options window also allows you to tailor your workflow.
PDF2ID allows you to specify font substitutions when a pdf file contains fonts that aren’t available in your system.
Here we use the Font substitution panel built into PDF2ID and specify the fonts to substitute. I’ve already substituted my fonts and PDF2ID remembered all of the substitutions. Lets just click OK to convert the file.
Here we have a 14-page pdf that is being converted with all sorts of graphics and text; yet it only takes only a few seconds to convert.
Lets compare the original PDF file against the converted output. You notice that the layout has been preserved extremely well with paragraphs being formed and frames being linked. You further notice that images and vector graphics are native Indesign elements also. Lets scroll down a few more pages and observe the formatting some more.
Again, you notice that the layout is well preserved and all of the text is live and editable. Furthermore you can appreciate the detail with which PDF2ID re-created InDesign properties such as a clipping path being applied to this image here; the text frames next to each other being linked and the vector graphics as fully editable indesign objects.
Checking the links panel in indesign we see that native image color space and resolution is maintained also.
PDF2ID v3.5 enables you to edit the contents of a PDF file in InDesign easily allowing you to automate your workflow and enhancing productivity.
PDF2ID has been engineered and developed by Recosoft. For more information visit us at www.recosoft.com