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How importing text from Illustrator to InDesign ?

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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How importing text from Illustrator to InDesign, kepping it editable ?

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015
If you choose the text in Illustrator using the Text tool, you can copy the (unformatted) text to the clipboard. In InDesign, make a text frame or click in a text frame and choose Paste.Sadly, there is no way to retain the formatting on the text, but it is still editable. InDesign and Illustrator have incompatible text engines.

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021
Hi Brussobaum5ECF, you answered a thread from 2015. Nowadays you could transfer formatted text as shared Text assets from Illustrator to InDesign through CC Libraries: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creative-cloud-libraries-sync-share-assets.html Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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If you choose the text in Illustrator using the Text tool, you can copy the (unformatted) text to the clipboard. In InDesign, make a text frame or click in a text frame and choose Paste.

Sadly, there is no way to retain the formatting on the text, but it is still editable. InDesign and Illustrator have incompatible text engines.

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Generally you can only copy n paste. But...

What if you wanted to preserve the look by means of Illustrator's paragraph styles? They don't directly export, yet here is a work-around:

You *might* try to Save As the Illustrator file to PDF; open the PDF in Acrobat Pro; choose Save As Other... to a Word doc (Acrobat XI); then file>place that. Oddly, you will get different generic paragraph style names, but the editable text will be tagged with paragraph styles.

I wish it were more harmonious than this work-around!

Mike Witherell

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2019 Sep 13, 2019

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Seems like such a basic expectation…that you can paste formatted text from one Adobe app to another. You CAN paste formatted text from Illustrator into Photoshop…why is Photoshop smarter than InDesign when it comes to typography. Absolutely confounding.

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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You have to buy a 3rd party plugin like ID2PDF. It will convert PDFs (and this means also AI files) to InDesign.

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Hi Willi,

I think you mean Markzware PDF2DTP for $199.00

Mike Witherell

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Mar 31, 2015 Mar 31, 2015

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Yes.

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Participant ,
Apr 28, 2015 Apr 28, 2015

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Hello WIlli -

You mean PDF2ID (http://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id) from Recosoft (whom I represent).

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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"they have incopatible textengines"

and you are all just completely fine with that right?  wtf.

Adobe is not able to change that thing for 10+ years because F*** it!

Copy text from one program to  another with styling is so basic even wordpad can do it.

 

What a joke.

 

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Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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So use Wordpad.

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Explorer ,
Oct 15, 2021 Oct 15, 2021

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This is not a good answer to users that pay money. Copying and pasting are simple tasks. Also this is one of my problems too. I hope you undrestand what I mean.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 23, 2021 Aug 23, 2021

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Hi Brussobaum5ECF,

you answered a thread from 2015.

 

Nowadays you could transfer formatted text as shared Text assets from Illustrator to InDesign through CC Libraries:

https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/creative-cloud-libraries-sync-share-assets.html

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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