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PDF to InDesign conversion plug-in.

“PDF2ID has been the go-to plug-in that has allowed many our customers convert thousands of PDFs to editable Adobe InDesign files ever since 2007.”

P. Chadha, MD, Recosoft Corporation

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PDF2ID Standard PDF2ID Professional
Price US$99.99 US$199 v3.5 – US$249
PDF2ID 2018 – US$299
Supports InDesign CS4-CS6 in 1 installer (PDF2ID v3.5) no Yes Yes
Supports InDesign CC-CC2018 (PDF2ID 2018) Yes Yes Yes
Batch convert PDF and XPS files no Yes
up to 5 files at a time
up to 20 files at a time (PDF2ID 2018 only)
Convert PDF files to editable InDesign files Yes Yes Yes
Convert Windows XPS files to editable InDesign files no Yes Yes
Converts variable page PDF or XPS files to variable page InDesign files Yes (PDF only) Yes Yes
Converts URLs, Bookmarks, PDF Transitions to InDesign equivalents no Yes Yes
Converts gradients accurately to InDesign gradients Yes Yes Yes
Converts Complex vector graphics to high resolution image no Yes Yes
Converts clipping paths and transparency to InDesign clipping paths and transparency. Yes Yes Yes
Forms words, lines, paragraphs and reduces Text frames Yes Yes Yes
Recognizes and creates InDesign tables from PDF or XPS files Yes (PDF only) Yes Yes
Automatically creates separate layers for Text, Tables and Graphics no Yes Yes
Converts images in PDF and XPS Files to TIFF or JPEG or PNG images Yes (PDF only) Yes Yes
Up-samples low resolution images to high-resolution images Yes Yes Yes
Links text frames in a page. no Yes Yes
Links text frames across pages no Yes Yes
Recognizes Object wrapping, Text on a Path, Skewed Text, Rotated text, Angled text, Drop Caps, Superscript, Subscript and Drop Shadows, Paragraph Rules * and applies equivalent InDesign properties Yes Yes Yes
Convert and Recover PDF or XPS file Annotations no Yes Yes
Re-merges fragmented images into a single image Yes Yes Yes
Performs Postscript font matching and allows specifying substitute fonts Yes Yes Yes
Typeface Library database that remembers all font substitutions made no Yes Yes
Allows Dual machine Desktop/Laptop installation ** Yes Yes Yes
Conversion Presets to tailor your workflow no Yes Yes
Associates ICC profiles with images Yes
(only for RGB images)
(only for RGB images)
InDesign is always protected as PDF2ID uses an external “PDF2ID Desktop Server” to convert the file to InDesign type. Yes Yes Yes
Convert colors to RGB space Yes Yes Yes
Convert colors to CMYK space no no Yes
Convert colors to Lab space no no Yes
Preserve PDF object colors in native space no
(All colors are mapped to RGB)
(All colors are mapped to RGB)
Convert images stored in PDF files to TIFF-CMYK images no no Yes
Parallel Processing functionality to speed up PDF Conversions by 200-1500% on modern multi-processor/multi-core systems no no Yes
Includes Mac/Windows Platform Protection no no Yes

* In PDF2ID 2018 only
** Refer to the included License Agreement for details