Apple Pages to InDesign Converter, Markzware PDF2DTP

Pages to InDesign Converter

The easy way, via PDF and Markzware PDF2DTP!

Need to get Apple Pages layouts into Adobe InDesign? You can with Markzware PDF2DTP. First, export or “print” your Pages document to PDF. Then, use PDF2DTP for InDesign CS6 to  effectively convert Pages to InDesign! See how in this “Apple Pages to InDesign Converter“ software video tutorial:

Apple Pages to InDesign Converter

Pages to InDesign converter transcription:
Hi, everybody. David Dilling from Markzware. In this demonstration, we’re going to show you how we can get an Apple Pages document into InDesign, using PDF as the medium and PDF2DTP as the tool or converter to help make this happen.

Here, on my Mac desktop, you see a folder I have of an Apple Pages document. In there, I have the Pages document itself, which, you see, looks very similar to a PDF in the icon, which I will double-click. See, I don’t have Pages on my machine, but it will open in Apple Preview, and you can see, in this test file, we have added many different features and functions from Pages: pie charts, other sorts of charts, symbols, text, arrows, pretty much you name it. See, here’s some nice… some nice images with text runaround, etc. So, this is how it looks within Pages, more or less.

Now, many people have asked,
“How can we get Apple Pages into InDesign?”
A Pages to InDesign converter or conversion filter we don’t directly have, however, if you export your Pages file as a PDF, which we can open up here, also in Preview, and what you notice is an interesting little bug.

Apple Pages to InDesign Converter

Apple Pages to InDesign Converter

The Pages file previews without the proper shading and without the numbers within the pie chart (no text displaying). Very interesting. So, you see in the PDF the way it really looks within Pages. Okay.

So, keep an eye on some of these things, and we’re going to come back and look at this later. So, how do we get then this Apple Pages PDF into Adobe InDesign?

Well, for that, we’ll need to jump over into InDesign. In this case, I’m using CS6, and up top is a Markzware menu item.

There we can choose PDF2DTP, amongst our other products, and we can choose Convert PDF. So, now we go into the folder, where the files are. You can see the PDF right here, and if we select it and click Open, we’re now able to effectively get this Pages document right into Adobe InDesign via the PDF format and Markzware’s PDF2DTP, a plugin for Adobe InDesign CS5, CS5.5, or CS6, as you’re seeing in this case. Click Open. You could also say Import or Convert. Convert’s better, because we’ll see we’re going to make that PDF. We’re gonna get all the layers, and colors, and font information, and 3D, shaping, and shadowing, all right in.

There, we see it, like a hot knife cutting through soft butter, we convert this file, and there you have it. The file that was just before in Apple Pages,exported to a PDF by a colleague, and now I need it in InDesign. And, with Markzware’s PDF2DTP, that’s all 100% possible.

By the way, there’s a lot of advanced settings that can help make the conversion even more exact. I recommend that you tinker around with these settings in the PDF2DTP preferences, to make sure you get the best conversion possible.

PDF2DTP will also save to a job folder and extract all images from the file. I’ll show you that in a moment. Alright, so now we see that we get the full conversion, and you’ll see that it looks almost exactly like the original.

Now, I say almost, because there are a couple little things, and that is a reality of life. PDF format is very tricky. It’s very chaotic, compared to the native DTP or desktop publishing formats, and, thus, some reworking will be needed. And I’ll show you what those are by opening the…

So, now, I’ll open up the PDF here, on this side, InDesign file, a little bit on this side. Now, what do you see right away? Well, you see right away that it’s not that bad, the first page. We get the image, we get the text running around the image, just like it should, but you see the table, although it converts, and tables are also very tricky.

That’s pretty cool. What you do see is that the stylization of the colorization did not carry over. So, that’s something we’ll need to add back in, in InDesign, a little touch up. Now, I was most impressed with this, with this funky chart here from Pages, that it came right on over into InDesign, perfectly. Very impressed with that.

And you see, it’s just an image that you can move around and replace. You’ll see the two, the text layer and image layer. So, that is pretty darn cool. That’s going to save us a lot of time.

Page 2, you’ll see, is also an excellent conversion via the converter, but I’m highly impressed with this Pages via PDF to InDesign, because it’s really working great.

The shapes also worked perfectly. You see the arrow, the text, the shapes, the arrow with the same text here, arrows with the same text here. Very, very nice. A block of text, and we have here, then, images with text runaround. Perfect! What I want you to notice, because this is very… one of the key things the Markzware engineers spent a lot of time, and when I say a lot of time, we’re talking, well, years to get this text flow exactly the same.

This is not easy to do, getting PDF text into InDesign in exactly the same exact format and spacing and H&Js. Really, that’s really important.

Now, here, we have another table. The same problem with this table is the coloring disappeared. That said, we get all of the symbols coming right on over. So, this is pretty cool. Once again, extremely useful, and very, very, very impressed with that. Did a little bit of touching up with the colorization there.

Here, we have some images with rotation. See, that comes in, right on over. Fantastic! And, the last page, we have text with an image placed with some nice effects and it all stays.

And look at that, even InDesign preflight says no errors. Now, I’d be more curious what Markzware’s FlightCheck says when we preflight it, but we’ll leave that for another time.

Alright, so that is it, folks. That’s how you get an Apple Pages file right into Adobe InDesign with Markzware’s PDF2DTP, a great way to convert PDF files and native Adobe Illustrator files right into InDesign, available for InDesign and QuarkXPress and available for Mac or Windows.

PDF2DTP is extremely affordable and works fantastic, as you just saw here, and will save you countless hours, and thus money, in recreating desktop publishing layouts, in this case, a Pages file. It could be Corel Draw. It could be Microsoft Word, and via PDF, gets it right back into a desktop publishing environment you’re familiar with, in this case, Adobe InDesign CS6.

One last thing to show you, as I talked about, the job folder. In the job folder, there, you’ll see the two versions of PDF2DTP. I have one for QuarkXPress and one for InDesign. And when I go in the one for InDesign, you’ll see all the jobs I’ve converted over the last couple months here, and, if we search by date, we’ll get this here test folder, that we… that test file we just converted, and you’ll see that we get all the images extracted out and the InDesign file, which we’re working on now.

So, extremely useful. And these, you know, just to show you, you can now open up these. There’s that. There’s that pie chart. Look how beautiful it is. And look how great it converted over.

If you need more information on Markzware’s PDF2DTP, just cruise on over to markzware.com today. Go to the Products section, PDF2DTP. Here, you’ll find a more detailed video, and many other video tutorials, and a host of more information on PDF2DTP and how valuable it can be for your workflow.

Convert any PDF from any source file right into Adobe InDesign or even QuarkXPress. Click here to buy now. This has been David Dilling for Markzware on Pages to InDesign converter via PDF with Markzware’s PDF2DTP in InDesign CS6. Have a great day!

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2 Comments

  1. Hi, I read interested your conversion from pages to InDesign. Is the backway the same? Can I convert InDesign (CS5) to Pages (in fact to IBooks Author)? I found no way to make in IBooks fields to a clickable link without using text. So I think I have to go this way and a conversion would help me.

    Thank you, Robert

  2. Hi Robert, good idea. At the moment though we only have PDF to InDesign, Publisher to InDesign, Quark to InDesign and the likes. Do you think many others would want a Pages to InDesign conversion tool?

    Cheers,
    David Dilling
    Markzware

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