Best/easy way to import tables from PDF

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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Ok, I did a big mistake, I overwrote the original file and lost the native InDesign file.

For example, I delete all content from Chapter 3, then start to work on Chapter 4 and just click the Save button, and that way I lost the native Chapter 3.indd file.

 

I know I can't do anything now. I must create chapter 3 from start.

I have a PDF file chapter3.pdf.

 

My question is because, in that chapter 3, there are 10 very big tables, is there any way that I can import those tables in InDesign from my pdf file?

 

I tried to export a table from pdf to RTF format and I have good results in word, but when importing to ID all text is in separate text boxes, and the formatting is messed up. 

 

Thank you,

Goran

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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You could try exporting your PDF to Word.

 

https://www.adobe.com/ie/acrobat/how-to/pdf-to-word-doc-converter.html

 

It might keep the table in tact - but you'll still have a bit of work to do.

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Jun 10, 2022 Jun 10, 2022

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There are a few utilities that can convert a pdf to InDesign, but you should not expect a perfect conversion, google "pdf to InDesign". You might also consider adding a back-up software, (like Time Machine for Mac) where you have the option to go back to an earlier version of your file.

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Jun 11, 2022 Jun 11, 2022

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You can try:

  • Placing the PDF by page in ID using the multi-page PDF script including with ID.
  • Saving the PDF as a spreadsheet, not Word.
  • If the save-as spreadsheet option is too messy, marquee select the table (per page), right-click, and export as spreadsheet. Combine in Excel.
  • Use a PDF converter; check out Markzware.com and Recosoft.com
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Jun 13, 2022 Jun 13, 2022

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Thank you all.

I tried everything and fortunately, nothing is helped.

I did not try plugins Markzwareand and Recosoft because they are not free.  

I guess I must start from scratch.

 

Thanks,

Goran

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Can you upload a [sample] page?

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