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How to open a Microsoft Publisher file in InDesign

New Here ,
Aug 05, 2019 Aug 05, 2019

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Hi There,

Can I export from publisher into an editable Adobe InDesign document?

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Aug 05, 2019 Aug 05, 2019

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 05, 2019 Aug 05, 2019

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there is not direct path that will keep everything that was made on the file. As in all of the styles will be lost. it will give things genetic games in the styles panel, but you will have to rename and check.

the .pdf to indesign solution offered will bring on a lot of redo work since a .pdf does not retain any of the styles. so you will find yourself having to name things again, all of the graphics will be embedded and they will be at the resolution selected per the .pdf settings.

i have used the .pdf to indesign converter mentioned above. i myself found it good for a since page thing. if you have a layout with many pages i went with making the layout myself since there will be a lot fo fix and clean and might as well make a good clean file.

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Engaged ,
Aug 06, 2019 Aug 06, 2019

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Hi Jonathan, thanks for your feedback. Just to be clear and fair, the PDF2DTP conversion of multi-page PDFs into InDesign can vary from one PDF to another. Meaning, some PDFs, like those professionally created in InDesign or other layout tools, can convert very well. If there are tables with "illegal" or non-standard styling or functions, or custom plugins or the likes, yes, then the conversion can get trickier.

In general though, PDF2DTP has proven to be generally better than starting from scratch. Just check out some of the recent video reviews of PDF2DTP as a starter. And as always, we encourage those who own PDF2DTP to send us in any odd-ball PDFs that they feel should convert better to our Support Line.

One customer recently called PDF2DTP their, "secret weapon."

Friendly Regards,
David DillingMarkzware

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 08, 2019 Aug 08, 2019

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Hi Brooke,

Thanks for reaching out. I understand you are trying to open a Publisher file in InDesign. In addition to the suggestions shared above, you can also refer to this similar discussion: Converting Publisher files to InDesign

Regards,

Srishti

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 11, 2019 Aug 11, 2019

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@OP:

Do you mean Microsoft Publisher or Serif's Affinity Publisher? The two are different products that both perform page layout.

In short, it can't be done in ID off-the-shelf, but using a plug-in such as Markzware's Affnity to ID converter mentioned by David Dilling in his post. If this is a Microsoft Publisher file, then if you are able to obtain a PDF of the Publisher file, you could then use another of Markzware's plug-ins that is mentioned within this thread, or Recosoft's PDF2ID plug-in.

Strangely, back in the times of Adobe PageMaker, there was a Publisher to PageMaker converter. Markzware used to also make a plug-in that would convert Publisher to ID but it has been discontinued.

There is a wishlist item if you would like to see this as a feature: Option to open or otherwise import/place Microsoft Publisher files directly. – Adobe InDesign Feedba...

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Aug 11, 2019 Aug 11, 2019

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Another thought with MS Publisher. Open the file, save as Word and then place that in ID.

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New Here ,
Jun 29, 2021 Jun 29, 2021

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Word format from Publisher is next to useless, it will only export text and on top of that in different orden that the text flow in PUB. Might be used for proof-reading the text, but barely...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 21, 2019 Sep 21, 2019

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As mentioned, there is no direct built-in way these days, but there are a few online services that can do that for you. I have used one for a recent file and it was completely effective and cost only $50 for the one conversion. That gave a workable ID file and all the graphics extracted and relinked. If you still need to do what you need to do, shoot me a message and I will let you where i had it done online. (I don't want to seem like I am endorsing any particular company by mentioning them here)

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Sep 24, 2019 Sep 24, 2019

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interested in your link, thanks

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