Copy from Google Docs to InDesign with formatting

New Here ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Our proposal writers work collaboratively on Google Docs and then our presentation designers copy paragraphs from the Docs in to InDesign then reformat and design to match our brand guidelines

We make around 20 decks a week and are looking to streamline our processes

I'm able to use our fonts and text formatting in Google Docs so the text looks exactly like the final output - however I am unable to find a way to keep this formatting when copying in to InDesign

I've tried the DocsFlow app but it doesn't have the right functionality (we need to be able to copy selected paragraphs not import the whole doc)

I've tried saving as a PDF or Word Doc, a) this still doesn't work to copy formatted text across to InDesign and b) slows down the process and removes the collaborative edibility so is not really a solution

So, is there any simple way i can copy text formatting (fonts and bolding) from a live Google Doc over to InDesign?

I'm able to share you in to the Doc if that helps

Thank you in advance!

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Explorer , Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018
(sorry, keyboard shortcut failure)We recognize there's a good use case for bringing in GDocs documents piecemeal, and we have designs on implementing a kind of scatter/gather mechanism which would well cover this use case.In any case, yes, do share your two documents (InDesign and GDocs) with us at support@emsoftware.com, and we can advise you more accurately.I hope this is helpful.Cheers!--Chris Ryland, President, Em Software

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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This should do the trick:

DocsFlow » Em Software

But the real solution is to not copy/paste but to use file > place

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New Here ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Hi Bob,

Thank you for your answer - I've tried out DocsFlow but the problem is that we need to be able to choose parts of the Doc rather than import the whole thing. I'm also still having a couple of issues when placing using DocsFlow, not all of the formatting converts properly

Best

Jago

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I'm sure if you contact Docs Flow and send sample docs and describe what you need they can probably help you out.

I'm sure they would want to make it even better.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 22, 2018 Oct 22, 2018

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Hi Jago,

yes, with DocsFlow updating or placing text is per story only.

A workaround would be to break the texts to smaller units.

The problem with that in InDesign would be to create a constant flow of little story entities throughout the pages.

Regards,
Uwe

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The only way I can get it to Work is to download it as Word Document.

In InDesign Preferences - go to Clipboard Handling and select "all information (index markers,....)

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Explorer ,
Feb 04, 2022 Feb 04, 2022

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For me this didn't work at first! But I then copy/pasted the section I wanted from google docs into another text editor (As a mac-user I opted for TextEdit) and then copy/pasted AGAIN into inDesign it worked. A small stopover, but it only takes you a few seconds.

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Explorer ,
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Jago--

Chris Ryland here from Em Software (DocsFlow makers).

It may well be that DocsFlow isn't well-suited to pulling in pieces of GDocs documents, but note that you can place a document and delete the portions you don't want (in InDesign). On update, DocsFlow will respect those deletions.

We recognize there's a good use case for bringin in

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(sorry, keyboard shortcut failure)

We recognize there's a good use case for bringing in GDocs documents piecemeal, and we have designs on implementing a kind of scatter/gather mechanism which would well cover this use case.

In any case, yes, do share your two documents (InDesign and GDocs) with us at support@emsoftware.com, and we can advise you more accurately.

I hope this is helpful.

Cheers!

--Chris Ryland, President, Em Software

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Thank you for your response Chris!

I have emailed support with some examples of what we're trying to achieve

Any help from your team would be greatly appreciated

Best

Jago

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