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PDF to INDD

Explorer ,
Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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I spent 8 months creating projects on Indesign unfortunately my hard drive was damaged and I lost all these projects but before the damage I transformed it to PDF Files

can I transform these PDF to INDD ?

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Community Expert , Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

There's a converter PDF to InDesign available (at extra cost):  https://markzware.com/pdfmarkz/convert-pdf-to-indesign/

You should always backup your work so that you can recover your documents if something goes wrong!

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Community Expert , Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

There are two plug-ins which you can purchase to convert PDF files to InDesign:

 

https://markzware.com/products/pdfmarkz/

 

Or:

 

https://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id/

 

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There's a converter PDF to InDesign available (at extra cost):  https://markzware.com/pdfmarkz/convert-pdf-to-indesign/

You should always backup your work so that you can recover your documents if something goes wrong!

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There are two plug-ins which you can purchase to convert PDF files to InDesign:

 

https://markzware.com/products/pdfmarkz/

 

Or:

 

https://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id/

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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To expand on Steve's comment, there is also a PDF to InDesign convertor at: https://www.leguptools.com/

The Markzware and Recosoft convertors Steve mentions are charged on a one-off fee that enable you to convert as many pages as you want without extra charge. The LegUpTools convertor is pay-per-page. So if you have lots of pages to convert the Markzware and Recosoft will work out cheaper - if you have roughly a few hundred or fewer then the LegUpTools will be cheaper.
None of these convertors will generate an identical version of your PDF in InDesign, but using them is usually much quicker than having to recreate a PDF from scratch.

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Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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I agree with Derek. You're learning an expensive lesson: You must use backup software to make copies of  your critical files

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Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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As long as the backup is stored externally... 

 

▒► ID-Tasker / ID-Tasker Server - work smart not hard ◄▒

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Jan 09, 2024 Jan 09, 2024

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Looking ahead, consider a cloud storage solution (like Dropbox, for example) that offers automatic incremental saves. If something happens to the current version (or you change your mind), you can retrieve an earlier version from the cloud folder. It's seemless—and feels the same as saving to your local drive—it's just a whole lot safer.

https://help.dropbox.com/delete-restore/recover-older-versions

 

~Barb

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Jan 10, 2024 Jan 10, 2024

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I can only echo what the others have said. Even in a non-collaborative project, I always work in Dropbox or OneDrive folders. As for the conversion, depending on the complexity and your budget, you could try saving the PDF as a Word document from Acrobat and then placing that back into InDesign.

 

Perfect? Absolutely not, but it will give you a starting point. Good luck.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2024 Jan 10, 2024

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Ouch losing the InDesign files. But like everyone says, you should run backups. If you have a Mac then Time Machine will do it for you. On Windows, you would have to purchase a backup software.  That said,, converting PDF to InDesign can be smooth or it can be challenging. I have used the solution mentioned PDF2ID for about 1500 pages now and have had about a 95% success rate and the company paid for it. Its a life-saver. With the documents I have run it on, its about 95% success. The other 5%, i used it to extract the assets and rebuild the text/table contents. But it saves time. I wouldnt use the PDF to Word option either. Its a nightmare. PDF to Word, then Word to InDesign is a double whammy and you cant figure out where the assets end up finally.  They have a trial so you should be able to figure out whether it works for you.

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Jan 11, 2024 Jan 11, 2024

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PDF to Word to InDesign is not a nightmare in my experience. While less than ideal, it's free, and there is no reason not to try it.

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You are right PDF to Word is free. But your definition of nightmare and mine are completely off. Have a great day.

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