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PDF2DTP (PDF to InDesign)

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PDF2DTP helps users to convert PDF files to Adobe InDesign. PDF2DTP is an affordable InDesign plugin to move PDF content to an editable format within Adobe InDesign. Once in InDesign, users can edit within a flexible and familiar environment. A single menu selection from within InDesign enables the PDF data conversion. No longer re-create documents from scratch or convert PDFs just one page at a time.

PDF to InDesign Conversions

The PDF to Adobe InDesign conversion process transfers all of the elements over from the PDF document into a new InDesign file. What you end up with is an editable InDesign document maintaining the original layout, content, and styling as in the original design.

No need to work with cumbersome PDF files or recreate the layout from scratch, let PDF2DTP do the heavy lifting for you. You can expect PDF2DTP to maintain virtually all items including:

• fonts
• images
• page positioning
• styles
• text attributes
• much more…

Supports InDesign CC 2017

through InDesign CS6

The PDF2DTP Subscription comes with Plug-Ins for InDesign CC 2017, InDesign CC 2015, InDesign CC 2014, CC, and InDesign CS6, on macOS.

One-Click Conversions

How to Convert PDF to Adobe InDesign

  1. To Open a PDF file in InDesign using PDF2ID, choose the “Convert PDF…” menu item from the “Markzware” menu in Adobe InDesign.
  2. Navigate to and choose the PDF document that you would like to open in Adobe InDesign and then click the “Open” button.
  3. You will see the processing dialog window while your PDF document is being converted into a new InDesign document.
The PDF document has now been converted and is ready to be used.

Purchasing Options

More Options (Seat Count, Quantity, and Upgrades)

Seat Count

Seat Count is the number of systems a single License can be installed on. You may wish to purchase a 5 seat count, quantity 1, to install on 5 machines using a single License.

Quantity

Quantity is the number of individual Licenses to purchase. You may wish to purchase 5 individual Licenses each to be installed on 1 system.

Upgrade

You may qualify for upgrade pricing if you have a previous License Code for PDF2DTP. You’ll see the upgrade discount after you click the “ADD TO CART” button.

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“This Product is great. Over all It is a solid product as long as the PDF is exported and built correctly.”

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“PDF2DTP is another superb product from Markzware. Absolute life-safer when needing to convert PDFs to editable InDesign files.”

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  15 customer reviews
by Joe on PDF2DTP
Old Quark to INDD CC

It converted the file but it was very disjointed. Text with many line breaks and some moved all around the place. Because I am not the maker of the Quark file I can not say how it was built so that may have had something to do with it. In the end it worked better than recreating because the file included 5 foreign languages that made it tough to even think about rebuilding from scratch. I was also dealing with a Quark 6 file and bringing it into INDD CC 2017.I am not sure I would pay for it again if this is how it works with all files but alas I have no other need for it.Easy to install and at the ready in INDD CC as its own drop down menu which is nice. Wish there was a trial version I could have used to test before laying out a few hundred but.. that is in the past now.

The conversion outcome depends largely on how the original file was created. Sometimes when outputting to PDF the text is chopped up like you have seen in your file. We have seen these types of files as well, but this is not a typical outcome. If you would like to send in your file we would love to take a look at it and see what improvements we might be able to make.

by daytona on PDF2DTP
PDF to Indesign

I volunteer for a Charitable NGO based in South Africa. As a member of the communications team we are always creating reports, newsletters and promotional material for screen and print. A couple years ago I had a hard drive failure and lost many original art and layout files. This past year another volunteer could not locate the original layout of a file. Each time using the PDF2DTP product we were able to re-create the Indesign file just as we had in the first place. It has been a major time saver and huge help to us as we share stories and advocate for Southern Africa's most vulnerable children.Thank you!

by Jodi Cohen on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP

I was working on illustrator files that needed to be repurposed for various stores and countries, the art consisted of approx 25 different graphics. One store changed their specs and now only accepts InDesign files. I purchased the PDF2DTP plug in to convert the files so I wouldn't have to rebuild them. I've had the Quark to InDesign plugin which has always worked flawlessly and didn't think I'd have any problems since I have the native files and hi res images.Every image imported incorrectly (50+) either at the wrong size, scaling, rotation or was cropped. All the kerning on every single line of text was bad. I tried converting the type to outlines to solve that problem and then all the lower case "L" were double the width.After spending hours trying different ways to solve these issues including breaking the file up individually into separate graphics, nothing helped. In the end, I just rebuilt everything in InDesign to ensure the accuracy of the graphics. Cutting and pasting the art or even the text from Illustrator to InDesign was not an option due to the complexity of the files.

by Indervir Singh on PDF2DTP
Superior product, formidable service

The service I received from Markzware was far beyond and better compared to what any provider could be able to offer. I have tried a competitor's product, Recosoft, first as I had found that it was better advertised on the internet, however that was a waste of money and time. For a rather complex project, to convert a corporate interactive PDF of over 700 pages with links and buttons of various types on all pages, Recosoft failed blatantly. Markzware's product converted the PDF in a much better way, however it was not sufficient at first, after easy and good contact with the support, the understanding had been established of the complexity and importancy of the assignment. Markzware's sales and support put my in direct contact with their technical lead, an excellent and genius person who managed during the following period of time to thoroughly analyze in person, without charge, and develop a newer, enhanced and more special version of Markzware to tackle the complex assignment.
The result was a very happy customer, and a very complex assignment, to turn the interactive PDF of more than 700 pages into the original Adobe InDesign format.
In short if you're ever in trouble, don't look forward, but choose Markzware, for their product and especially their service.
Special thanks to Ronald and David for helping to get the job done.

by Peter on PDF2DTP
PDF2InDesign

This is a great time saver for me, only drawback is the naming of the .tif files that are taken out of the original pdf.
I don't know how this could be handled better but that's the only drawback.
Thanks

by Aj Rounsaville on PDF2DTP
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! This has gotten us out of jams when a client no longer has original art and is so easy to use.

by Chris Bishop on PDF2DTP
Chris

This Product is great. IT has 1 Drawback. If the FIle was built wrong/bad it will create the PDF bad. Which means when you use PDF2DTP to import you will have missing Art, Bad text formatting. Over all It is a solid product as long as the PDF is exported and built correctly.

by Glen on PDF2DTP
Essential for any DTP Pro

If you work as a DTP professional, this software plugin is an essential piece of kit, If you have a job to rescue from your archives and the source files are lost this may be your only hope, if I were you I'd buy it today without hesitation!

by Stephen on PDF2DTP
Fabulous product

We have used this product for probably 3/4 years now and have had our monies worth from it many times over. We get many PDFs sent from customers and have been able to convert them into InDesign files. Would say in about 97% of files its brilliant, 2% good enough to get the text out of it and last 1% its worthless pile of rubbish!

by Xavier Bernis on PDF2DTP
Well done

A great solution. It allows us to convert PDF documents that do not have an original Indesign and work with them.

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FAQ

Is there a Windows version of PDF2DTP?

At this time the PDF2DTP plugin is macOS only. We do offer a DTP Conversion Service, which can convert your files for you.

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  15 customer reviews

by Joe on PDF2DTP
Old Quark to INDD CC

It converted the file but it was very disjointed. Text with many line breaks and some moved all around the place. Because I am not the maker of the Quark file I can not say how it was built so that may have had something to do with it. In the end it worked better than recreating because the file included 5 foreign languages that made it tough to even think about rebuilding from scratch. I was also dealing with a Quark 6 file and bringing it into INDD CC 2017.I am not sure I would pay for it again if this is how it works with all files but alas I have no other need for it.Easy to install and at the ready in INDD CC as its own drop down menu which is nice. Wish there was a trial version I could have used to test before laying out a few hundred but.. that is in the past now.

The conversion outcome depends largely on how the original file was created. Sometimes when outputting to PDF the text is chopped up like you have seen in your file. We have seen these types of files as well, but this is not a typical outcome. If you would like to send in your file we would love to take a look at it and see what improvements we might be able to make.

by daytona on PDF2DTP
PDF to Indesign

I volunteer for a Charitable NGO based in South Africa. As a member of the communications team we are always creating reports, newsletters and promotional material for screen and print. A couple years ago I had a hard drive failure and lost many original art and layout files. This past year another volunteer could not locate the original layout of a file. Each time using the PDF2DTP product we were able to re-create the Indesign file just as we had in the first place. It has been a major time saver and huge help to us as we share stories and advocate for Southern Africa's most vulnerable children.Thank you!

by Jodi Cohen on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP

I was working on illustrator files that needed to be repurposed for various stores and countries, the art consisted of approx 25 different graphics. One store changed their specs and now only accepts InDesign files. I purchased the PDF2DTP plug in to convert the files so I wouldn't have to rebuild them. I've had the Quark to InDesign plugin which has always worked flawlessly and didn't think I'd have any problems since I have the native files and hi res images.Every image imported incorrectly (50+) either at the wrong size, scaling, rotation or was cropped. All the kerning on every single line of text was bad. I tried converting the type to outlines to solve that problem and then all the lower case "L" were double the width.After spending hours trying different ways to solve these issues including breaking the file up individually into separate graphics, nothing helped. In the end, I just rebuilt everything in InDesign to ensure the accuracy of the graphics. Cutting and pasting the art or even the text from Illustrator to InDesign was not an option due to the complexity of the files.

by Indervir Singh on PDF2DTP
Superior product, formidable service

The service I received from Markzware was far beyond and better compared to what any provider could be able to offer. I have tried a competitor's product, Recosoft, first as I had found that it was better advertised on the internet, however that was a waste of money and time. For a rather complex project, to convert a corporate interactive PDF of over 700 pages with links and buttons of various types on all pages, Recosoft failed blatantly. Markzware's product converted the PDF in a much better way, however it was not sufficient at first, after easy and good contact with the support, the understanding had been established of the complexity and importancy of the assignment. Markzware's sales and support put my in direct contact with their technical lead, an excellent and genius person who managed during the following period of time to thoroughly analyze in person, without charge, and develop a newer, enhanced and more special version of Markzware to tackle the complex assignment.
The result was a very happy customer, and a very complex assignment, to turn the interactive PDF of more than 700 pages into the original Adobe InDesign format.
In short if you're ever in trouble, don't look forward, but choose Markzware, for their product and especially their service.
Special thanks to Ronald and David for helping to get the job done.

by Peter on PDF2DTP
PDF2InDesign

This is a great time saver for me, only drawback is the naming of the .tif files that are taken out of the original pdf.
I don't know how this could be handled better but that's the only drawback.
Thanks

by Aj Rounsaville on PDF2DTP
LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT! This has gotten us out of jams when a client no longer has original art and is so easy to use.

by Chris Bishop on PDF2DTP
Chris

This Product is great. IT has 1 Drawback. If the FIle was built wrong/bad it will create the PDF bad. Which means when you use PDF2DTP to import you will have missing Art, Bad text formatting. Over all It is a solid product as long as the PDF is exported and built correctly.

by Glen on PDF2DTP
Essential for any DTP Pro

If you work as a DTP professional, this software plugin is an essential piece of kit, If you have a job to rescue from your archives and the source files are lost this may be your only hope, if I were you I'd buy it today without hesitation!

by Stephen on PDF2DTP
Fabulous product

We have used this product for probably 3/4 years now and have had our monies worth from it many times over. We get many PDFs sent from customers and have been able to convert them into InDesign files. Would say in about 97% of files its brilliant, 2% good enough to get the text out of it and last 1% its worthless pile of rubbish!

by Xavier Bernis on PDF2DTP
Well done

A great solution. It allows us to convert PDF documents that do not have an original Indesign and work with them.

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System Requirements

  • macOS 10.6.8 or higher
  • A valid license for Adobe InDesign
  • Internet connection to Activate and Register
  • Adobe recommended hardware requirements to run your version of InDesign
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