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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 converts PDF, Adobe Illustrator1 and Windows XPS files into fully editable Adobe® InDesign® (INDD) files.

Convert PDFs 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 graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables; recovering PDF annotations and other elements.

PDF2ID provides options for converting or extracting just the text, graphics or annotations in a PDF, Illustrator or XPS file also; or you can convert the entire document to InDesign format.

PDF2ID is a Adobe InDesign plug-in allowing anyone to recover and reuse the contents of PDF or XPS files resulting in huge cost savings in both time and expense.

PDF2ID Tutorials

How to Convert PDF to InDesign

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    1. To Open and Convert a PDF to InDesign file using PDF2ID, choose the PDF2ID – Convert PDF/XPS file command from the Recosoft menu in InDesign

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    2. Choose the PDF to Open in InDesign and click OK

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    3. When the PDF2ID (PDF to InDesign) – Options window appears click OK to convert PDF to InDesign (you can also specify conversion options)

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    The PDF is converted to the InDesign file which you can now edit

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 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.