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How to convert a PDF back to InDesign (was "editing file")

Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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All I want to do is edit a file I created last year. I can't find it and ID won't open the pdf I turned it into.

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018
Hi blowell:Ideally, you want to hang on to the InDesign file so that you can edit it later. (I know you know this.) Since that file has gone missing, take a look at PDF2ID - PDF to InDesign, How to convert PDF to InDesign, Convert PDF to InDesign , which will convert the PDF that you do have back to an InDesign file. Alternatively, you can open the PDF in Acrobat (not Reader) and extract the text and images to rebuild the InDesign file.~Barb

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Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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If you don’t know where you saved it how do you expect anyone here to help?

And InDesign does not open PDFs though there are third party plugins that can convert PDFs to INDD.

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Community Beginner ,
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Wow Bob, thanks! That was the most helpful and least snarky help I have received all day. Let me re-phrase. InDesign is not opening the file I saved there. I have no problem with files in other Adobe products. So,I don't understand why it is not retrieving it. In an effort to retrieve it for editing I opened the pdf, which I realized that InDesign didn't open. Perhaps you could enlighten me as to what third plug ins exist to help me do this.

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Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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Why don’t you back up and give us an accurate description of the problem?

We’re here to help but nobody here can read your mind or see your computer.

Can you or can you not find the file? If you can, what happens when you try to open it?

What version of InDesign? What operating system?

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Wow - Bob Needs a differet profession where he doesnt give customer service support.  Your so rude, and un proffesional.  

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It's you're, not your. Additionally, unprofessional is one word.

I certainly hope that response is up to your standards.

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Hi blowell:

Ideally, you want to hang on to the InDesign file so that you can edit it later. (I know you know this.)

Since that file has gone missing, take a look at PDF2ID - PDF to InDesign, How to convert PDF to InDesign, Convert PDF to InDesign , which will convert the PDF that you do have back to an InDesign file.

Alternatively, you can open the PDF in Acrobat (not Reader) and extract the text and images to rebuild the InDesign file.

~Barb

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Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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Thank you, Barb! Just what I needed to know.

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Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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We are always happy to help.

~Barb

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