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Community Beginner ,
Oct 06, 2017

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Hi,

Is there any free way to convert pdf file to indesign file?

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Colin Flashman Adobe Community Professional , Oct 07, 2017
Let's make a distinction between getting a facsimile copy of the formatting from the PDF, placing a PDF into InDesign and getting the bare-bones content out of a PDF for formatting into InDesign.So far as getting a 100% accurate translation from PDF to InDesign, I would rethink this solution. There are two paid solutions, the first one has been mentioned, the other is offered by Markzware: Markzware PDF2DTP Adobe InDesign plugins convert PDF to InDesign INDD Barbara's solution is good for taking...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 06, 2017

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Yes, but not for free. It requires a third party utility. This one gets good recommendations for those who use it:

PDF2ID - Recosoft

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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If its an option for you, you could import the PDF into InDesign, the same way you File > Place any image. You won't be able to edit it in InDesign directly, but you can edit the PDF in Acrobat and update it in InDesign.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Let's make a distinction between getting a facsimile copy of the formatting from the PDF, placing a PDF into InDesign and getting the bare-bones content out of a PDF for formatting into InDesign.

So far as getting a 100% accurate translation from PDF to InDesign, I would rethink this solution. There are two paid solutions, the first one has been mentioned, the other is offered by Markzware: Markzware PDF2DTP Adobe InDesign plugins convert PDF to InDesign INDD

Barbara's solution is good for taking a PDF into InDesign but it will treat the PDF as an image/series of images. For long documents such as a book, a script such as multipageimportPDF (available from the indesignsecrets.com website) will certainly help.

If you need to get the text copy out of a PDF into an InDesign file, you can use the black arrow tool in Acrobat to select the type and copy and paste it into InDesign. This typically does one page at a time, but there's a trick to get all content in one fell swoop: How to Efficiently Select All the Text in a PDF Document: 10 Steps

If push comes to shove and you need to get ANY content out, you can try saving the PDF as a word file in the latest version of Acrobat DC and then importing the word file into InDesign. It won't be a facsimile copy and it will be a mess, but it's a start.

Ultimately, if you have an opportunity to get the original InDesign file that created the PDF, get that. If the PDF was created with any other software, then any of these solutions may need to be employed.

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Thanks, the tip to save the .PDF to a word file then import it helped alot.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 21, 2020

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There is a new & affordable solution on pdfheroes.com – i tried it and it works like a charm.

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Oct 15, 2020

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Hi Christopher,

Thanks for offering an affordable solution.

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Oct 22, 2020

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Unfortunately I am not having a good experience pdfheroes.com, yet to know when I will get my files 

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I'd avoid these guys. I'm skeptical when I do an image search on their "testimonial" photos and they are using stock photos, along with generic names (i.e. Alex S., James K.). I am looking for conversion software, but need one that offers a trial first. Both of Markzware PDF2DTP and PDF2ID require a full purchase.  Any recommendations?

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Dec 02, 2020

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In the end I bought the Recosoft version, and albeit a few installation issues, the utility is working well. I should have gone via this route from the beginning, instead of trying to find a cheaper alternative.

I still need to chase for a refund from PDF.heroes as although they eventually sent a file, I was unable to open the file. 

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Hi Chinasa,
 

we sent your files on 22nd of October. We think its not very fair - because your files contained ONLY sketches. We are not there to vectorize sketches. So – if you have any complaints, we are there to work out a solution. All refunds are made correctly. But in your case, the work is done. 

Kind Regards

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You don't need to avoid us. Simply TEST our service with clicking on the "Yes, give me an example" button. If you don't like, you don't need to buy. I think this is a safe procedure for the clients.

 

Kind Regards.

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New Here ,
Dec 02, 2020

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I respect your response, however I emailed your company to explain of my file opening issue, and no response was given. Is that normal customer service?

I recall also asking for feedback on delivery and received no response. I am sorry but I think it is fair to respond back to emails.

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Unfortunately, we never received those messages – we had some spam filter issues, so it is possible these mails didn't arrive. Sorry for that. Please get back to us, so we can find a solution. Maybe you can use our Whatsapp-Service to chat. 

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Dec 02, 2020

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Can you please take the dispute offline? This discussion is now locked.

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