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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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Community Expert , 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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Community Expert ,
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 ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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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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Community Expert ,
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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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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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Community Expert ,
Jul 29, 2021 Jul 29, 2021

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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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New Here ,
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 26, 2023

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Haha. I think it's a fair question to ask what those third party plug ins are called. Why bother responding if you can't answer the question? Do you know what those plugs are, and can you enlighten us all, if so?

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Community Expert ,
Apr 26, 2023 Apr 26, 2023

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Hi @Ianbolton:

 

I have one listed in my reply. For your convenience, it is PDF2ID - PDF to InDesign, How to convert PDF to InDesign, Convert PDF to InDesign. Here's another: https://markzware.com/products/pdf2dtp/.

 

Beyond that, you can use this search "convert pdf to indesign" to find additonal plug-ins and tutorials on doing it without a 3rd part app.

 

~Barb

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New Here ,
Apr 17, 2024 Apr 17, 2024

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i tried pdf2ID  but its not work perfectly , there are many issues in reconstructing data , i dont recommend PDF2ID. please dont waste money

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Explorer ,
Apr 20, 2024 Apr 20, 2024

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PDF2ID won't work 100% perfectly, no PDF to InDesign converter will. But for the vast majority of files, one can successfully use either: PDF2ID, PDFMarkz, or LegUpTools (which I developed) - each one will generate an InDesign file that is a good match to the PDF, and a considerable timesaver compared to manually rebuilding the PDF in InDesign.


@Waseem321077750xdy To avoid future disappointment, I recommend that if the need is to convert a single PDF file to InDesign, then either first use the converter free trial feature to convert a subset of pages representative of the whole file - this will give you a good indication of how the full document will turn out. Additionally ensure a refund is available in the unlikely event of the file conversion not meeting your expectations.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 23, 2018 Oct 23, 2018

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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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Community Beginner ,
Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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

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Community Expert ,
Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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We are always happy to help.

~Barb

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