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Can you create InDesign templates from either MS Word or PDF documents?

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I frequently need to create proposals using a form (the SF330 form to be precise). The version I have in InDesign is out of date and I'd like to have a version using the latest SF330. It is freely available as a PDF, a fillable form PDF, and a MS Word document. I only find paid resources for an InDesign version. My question is: can I take a PDF or Word document and create a solid template in InDesign from it? I've attached it for reference - it would be a beast to recreate on my own!

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Short answer: No, you couldn't automate the process of converting that PDF to an InDesign file. Either you rebuild it yourself or you pay someone to do it for you.

 

To support this, I looked at how the PDF was created: Lifecycle Designer. There is no direct conversion, nor any translation software which go from the original to InDesign.

 

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Can you create InDesign templates from either MS Word or PDF documents?

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I frequently need to create proposals using a form (the SF330 form to be precise). The version I have in InDesign is out of date and I'd like to have a version using the latest SF330. It is freely available as a PDF, a fillable form PDF, and a MS Word document. I only find paid resources for an InDesign version. My question is: can I take a PDF or Word document and create a solid template in InDesign from it? I've attached it for reference - it would be a beast to recreate on my own!

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Correct answer by Steve Werner | Adobe Community Professional

Short answer: No, you couldn't automate the process of converting that PDF to an InDesign file. Either you rebuild it yourself or you pay someone to do it for you.

 

To support this, I looked at how the PDF was created: Lifecycle Designer. There is no direct conversion, nor any translation software which go from the original to InDesign.

 

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Short answer: No, you couldn't automate the process of converting that PDF to an InDesign file. Either you rebuild it yourself or you pay someone to do it for you.

 

To support this, I looked at how the PDF was created: Lifecycle Designer. There is no direct conversion, nor any translation software which go from the original to InDesign.

 

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You can't do it in InDesign without 3rd Party Software

But Affinity Publisher allows you to open a PDF and make changes etc. 

 

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Given that it includes a variety of formats, including forms, there would be a lot of re-work even if you could open it with Affinity, or one of the PDF translation software products like PDF2ID from Recosoft. They're doing a translation.

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