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InDesign Preview to PDF: How to Export InDesign File Previews as PDFs

Export InDesign previews from Adobe InDesign to PDF! Markzware shows you how to export InDesign file previews as PDFs, using the free ID Util for macOS app:

Do you need to get your Adobe InDesign content preview (INDD document) into a PDF (Portable Document Format) file? There is an application, downloadable for free from the Mac App Store, which can enable you to export your InDesign preview in the PDF file format.

By adding helpful features to its quality DTP solutions, Markzware is able to offer more preflight, conversion, preview and output options for print, publishing, and graphic arts file users. Markzware’s ID Util for macOS is a free macOS application that helps users to preview InDesign, IDML and InCopy files, and to export those previews to PNG, JPG or PDF.

ID Util makes it easier to check InDesign artwork previews and to export them, for printing, sharing and publishing. See how, as shown near the end of this short demonstration video:

InDesign Preview to PDF: How to Export InDesign File Previews as PDFs


Markzware’s ID Util for macOS app to view InDesign previews, styled story content, linked images, and used fonts. Export previews and styled stories to JPEG, PNG and PDF. Open InDesign files in the proper InDesign version.

How to Use Markzware’s ID Util for macOS:
• Install Markzware’s ID Util.
• Select the InDesign, IDML, or InCopy file in Finder.
• To preview the selected file, click the spacebar.
• For thumbnail-sized previews, view your files in thumbnail view.
• To see more detail, zoom in.
• To see multiple pages at once, zoom out.

Location of ID Util’s Export Feature
There are several features in the Preview Window of ID Util for macOS. The Export feature is located just below the top left of the Preview Window, within the Toolbar. Using the Export option, you can export PDFs, PNGs, or JPGs of your previews. Note: The keyboard shortcut to export previews is Command + E. You can also print a PDF (or a hard copy) of your previews, by using the Print feature, which is to the right of the Export section.

Export feature in Markzware ID Util for macOS is shown on the right of the following screen:
Markzware ID Util for macOS features to view InDesign file previews & export as PDFsExport InDesign Previews
When you view an INDD document, you will see the Export feature in ID Util‘s Toolbar. Clicking this option will bring up the Export Panel, giving you the option to choose the format as which you would like to export the preview. An export folder will be created at the chosen destination containing the previews.

Export Previews as PDF, PNG, or JPG
ID Util for macOS allows you to export your InDesign previews to the following formats:
• PDF (A single multiple-page PDF will be created.)
• PNG (A folder with the job name + “.png” is be created and each page is exported as a PNG file.)
• JPG (A folder with the job name + “.jpg” is be created and each page is exported as a JPEG file.)

“The Free aspect of this app makes it worth a download!”
– bluejoken.stewart, reviewer on Mac App Store

ID Util for macOS can benefit your business, by enabling you to:
• lets you easily preview, via a simple spacebar click, Adobe InDesign, IDML, and InCopy files.
• shows previews of a variety of InDesign file versions (CS6 through CC 2015).
• requires no Adobe program installation.
costs nothing to download and do basic file previews.
• offers the option to transfer previews.
shows the InDesign version in which the file was created.

InDesign Preview in Markzware ID Util for macOS Preview Window Before You
Export the InDesign Preview as PDF:

Markzware ID Util for macOS Preview Window Before Exporting InDesign Preview as PDFFeatures in ID Util for macOS
• Preview Adobe InDesign, IDML and InCopy files (CS2 through CC 2015).
• Export Previews as PNG, JPG or PDF.
• View styled stories from InDesign files.
• View previews of linked images.
• View a list of used fonts.
• View the document version (what version of InDesign was used to create the document).
• Print the document previews.
• If you have InDesign installed, you can resave the document with High Resolution previews of all pages.

Markzware simplifies the process of previewing and exporting Adobe InDesign documents. ID Util’s Export feature allows you to share exported previews with clients or team members who might not have InDesign.

Adobe InDesign, IDML, and InCopy versions that ID Util for macOS supports:
• CC 2015
• CC 2014
• CC
• CS6
• CS5.5
• CS5
• CS4
• CS3
• CS2

Markzware ID Util logo 150x150ID Util’s multi-functionality makes it easier for printers, publishers and graphic designers to handle INDD document content. Useful selections allow ID Util users to preview and export text contained in InDesign page layouts.

Get ID Util for macOS for Free
You can access ID Util on the Mac App Store and download it for free. See more Adobe compatible solutions for the macOS platform on the Markzware Products page.

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InDesign Preview to PDF: How to Export InDesign File Previews as PDFs

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