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Converting PDF to Indesign

Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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I have a pdf file that is created by Indesign 13.1 cc. I have to remove some lines of the pdf (positions are not fixed). The problem that I face are:

  1. The InDesign version that I use is 14.0.2 which does not support the old version.
  2. I have used Acrobat to edit the pdf and make a new one but it did not work.
  3. I have also tried to convert into XML, .txt, and ...., then add them to Indesign but it did not work.

Any suggestion on how can I open it or convert the pdf?

I do not have the original file or the old version of InDesign on my machine.

Thanks.

(I have checked PDF Comments Input Error: PDF Created by an older version of InDesign?  but it did not work)

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LEGEND , Jun 08, 2019 Jun 08, 2019

To put it another way, there isn’t a function to do what you want AT ALL. Import does not do what you want, it’s a special thing for bringing in markup. InDesign CANNOT import PDF for editing.

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Guru ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Why does the new version not support it? What error are you getting when trying to open the files?

This product allows you to covert a .pdf to indesign:

Edit PDF content in InDesign CC 2018, PDF to InDesign CC 2018 converter

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Thanks. I was looking for a free way to do this because I have created it with Indesign. This is the error I get

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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I have a feeling you're trying to import a PDF with comments. Just open the INDD file.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Thanks. I am trying to open the pdf that has been created by Indesign. Yes, I am importing it because I do not have the original file(INDD file)( one of my colleges deleted the original file by mistake). 

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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Here's the other commercial product for converting PDF to INDD:

https://markzware.com/products/pdf2dtp/

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This is only available for Mac users? Is there a Windows solution?

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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What are you trying to open in InDesign 2019? The PDF?

That's not going to work without a plugin.

There should be no issue opening the INDD file in InDesign 2019. What happens when you try?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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It shows me PDF is created from an older version of InDesign. Select another pdf and continue.

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Community Expert ,
Jun 07, 2019 Jun 07, 2019

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The message is because InDesign is expecting you to be importing comments (it cannot open a PDF file). ​It can only import comments from the current version.

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LEGEND ,
Jun 08, 2019 Jun 08, 2019

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To put it another way, there isn’t a function to do what you want AT ALL. Import does not do what you want, it’s a special thing for bringing in markup. InDesign CANNOT import PDF for editing.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 10, 2019 Jun 10, 2019

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Thanks.

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