PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Menu and Preferences to Convert PDF

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Menu and PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Preferences to convert PDF to QuarkXPress and edit PDF in QuarkXPress:

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Menu
Menu in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to convert PDF to QXDOnce PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress has been properly installed and activated, you will see a new menu in QuarkXPress called Markzware. Under the Markzware menu, you will see the PDF2DTP menu. PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Menu items include:

  • Convert PDF menu item allows you to select and convert a PDF file (convert all pages in the PDF file). The settings used will be the currently set values under the Preferences area.
  • Convert Page Range menu item allows you to select a PDF file and specific page range to convert. The settings used will be the currently set values under the Preferences area.
  • Preferences menu item brings up the PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Preferences window where you can set certain parameters and options for the conversion of PDF files.
  • Help menu item brings up a help/about window.

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Help Menu Item
Help Menu Item in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to Convert PDF to QXD

When you select the Help menu item, a small window appears that contains:

  • The version number of PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress you are running. (This version number may be requested if you contact Tech Support.)
  • Link to the PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress online manual. (Click this link to open your default web browser and take you to the online PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress manual. Note: A PDF version of the PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress manual is included as part of your initial download.)
  • Link to the Markzware Tech Support Request Form. (Click this link to open your default web browser and take you to the Markzware Online Technical Support Form, which should show your License ID to save you some time.)

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Preferences
Note: While the screen shots in this section show the PDF2DTP Preferences on a Mac, the same screens will appear on Windows versions of PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress as well, although there may be differences in the look and feel of screens, due to operating system differences and the version of PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress you are activating.

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress General Preferences
General Preferences in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to convert PDF to QXD

Select the “Show Preferences Before Conversion” checkbox in order to display the Preferences window prior to the conversion process. This may be annoying and slow you down, so by default this is disabled. When disabled, the current settings will be used for conversion of a PDF file. Select the “Convert Page Range” checkbox to be prompted for the start and end page numbers prior to the conversion process.

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Document Settings Preferences
Document Settings Preferences in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to convert PDF to QXD

1. Select the “Save Document” checkbox to automatically save your new document to the designated conversion folder upon the completion of the conversion.

2. Select the “Save Image Previews” checkbox to save the image previews in the PDF to the conversion folder, otherwise the previews will have no link (similar to a pasted PICT). Since these images have no known pathname they will be given names such as “Image09-p03.tif” (where the last number is the page number on which the picture box resides).

3. Select the “Reuse Duplicates” checkbox to save only one image preview file if there are any duplicates in which case each occurrence of the preview in the document will use the same file. This preference is useful because it can speed up the conversion process especially when the same large preview is used on multiple pages. The drawback is the file name will be formed by using the page number of the first occurrence of the preview in the document with a plus sign (“+”) appended to the preview file name.

4. Select the “Clipping Paths” checkbox to save the Clipping Path in the preview file.

5. Select the “ICC Profiles” checkbox to save an ICC Profile, if defined in the PDF, to the preview file.

6. Select the “Duotones EPS” checkbox to save the image preview to a Duotone EPS if the color space is defined as DeviceN and uses Spot (named) colors (i.e. “PANTONE 123 C”).

7. Select the “Save Missing Images (OPI)” checkbox to create a file in the conversion folder for a missing image which has a known name. This allows you to eventually update the images upon locating the originals.

8. “Unlink Images” is related to the Save Image Previews and the Save Missing Images (OPI) preferences. If a PDF contains an image path (i.e., OPI data) and PDF2DTP can locate that image, it will link to it. If no OPI data is present in the PDF, or the image pointed to by OPI data cannot be found, then, if Save Image Previews is unchecked, the image will be listed with a Status of No Disk File under the Usage window. If Save Image Previews is checked, then PDF2DTP will attempt to create a preview image and name it using the following format: Image01-p01.tif, where Image01 represents the number of the image on a page and p01 represents the page in the document where the image is located.

PDF2DTP Font Settings Preferences
Font Settings Preferences in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to convert PDF to QXD

1. Select the “Substitute Missing Fonts” checkbox to substitute missing fonts with the application’s default font. Leave this item unchecked if you eventually plan on locating and activating missing fonts. For QuarkXPress the font will be from the “Normal” character style. You can set the application default font by editing the style when no documents are open in QuarkXPress. When the conversion is complete the application will display a list of missing fonts at which time you can change fonts as desired, or you can edit the style sheets at any time in the future. Note that switching fonts may cause a different or undesirable text flow. This is due to the fact that the calculations for the text attributes are based on the info contained in the PDF for the original fonts.

2. Select the “Scale Text” checkbox to scale the text using a substituted font (usually horizontally) so that characters closely match their original positions. Using this option may dramatically slow down the conversion process as it is a very computationally intense operation. You may want to use this option on ranges of pages instead of entire documents.

3. Select the “CharStyles”checkbox to add Character Styles to your application. This will allow you to easily make global changes to your text.

4. Select the “ParaStyles” checkbox to add Paragraph Styles to your application which will likewise allow you to make global changes to your text.

5. Select the “Tables” checkbox to convert Tables. Leaving this preference unchecked will convert the document using separate lines and text boxes.

6. Select the “Include Pasteboard Items” checkbox to include any items that when converted reside on the Pasteboard area completely off the page, such as registration marks and targets, etc.

7. When “Page Numbering” is selected, PDF2DTP will look for small text boxes with text equal to a Page Number and will then replace the text in the box with QuarkXPress’s AutoPage Marker. This will make editing the document easier, as you can now rearrange pages without having to manually renumber them.

8. Select the “Replace ‘Marked Content’” checkbox to ignore a large quantity of small objects. For example, when a complex Illustrator drawing is placed in a document the generated PDF could contain a large number of small drawings which makes editing the document slow and cumbersome. In this case, choose this preference and a gray box will be created that will serve as a “place holder” so that you can eventually locate your drawing file and replace the box.

PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Save To Preferences
Save To Preferences in Markzware QuarkXPress XTension to convert PDF to QXD

Under “Save To:” choose the desired radio button to set the location of the conversion folder. The “PDF2Quark folder <default>” location will be in the Users:Documents folder. Select “PDF Folder” to use the folder in which the original PDF resides. Select “Other Folder” and then click the Browse button to locate and choose a different destination folder. Select the “Overwrite Existing Folder” checkbox to write over any existing files in your conversion folder, otherwise a new folder will be created.

Check out the PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress Menu items and set your PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress preferences, so that you can customize how you convert PDF to QuarkXPress and edit PDF in QuarkXPress. You can purchase PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress from Markzware at the online PDF2DTP Store.

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  1. I am waiting for PDF2DTP that will work with Quark v8.5. Is it available yet? Please Please advise.

  2. Hi Fred, thank you, PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress 8 will be coming soon, so stay tuned. It may be a good idea to sign-up here to be notified with PDF2DTP for QuarlXPress 8 is available:
    (See right hand side for newsletter sign-up)
    Keep in mind though, Quark has a great deal, where if you Upgrade to QuarkXPress 9, you will get PDF2DTP for v9 FREE of charge!

    Friendly Regards,
    David Dilling

  3. Hi David,

    Hope you are doing fine.

    I have two Questions.

    First when I ‘m trying to convert a PDF2DTP on my QuarkXPress9 file maked and saved as PDF on Adobe photoshop it ‘s not working and i can not convert.

    Second this xtension does not support Arabic text conversion. why?

  4. Hello David, thank you, all is well and hopefully with you too. Nice and busy here at Markzware! Please get me that file that is not converting, for we would like to check it out. Not all PDFs are created equally, but there might be something else going on.

    Arabic text support is something we are planning on improving. Right now, it will convert PDFs to InDesign ME layouts. The text handling is on our to-do list.

    Friendly Regards,
    David Dilling

  5. Bonjour,

    Je suis rédacteur en chef au journal Libération.

    Existe t-il une version démo de votre Plugin, afin de le tester ?


    Bien à vous.

    C. Boulard

  6. Hi Christophe,

    There is no demo of PDF2DTP for PDF to QuarkXPress converting, but you can watch a demonstration here:


    And if you want to email me a small sample PDF of your publication, I can get you back the results – david AT markzware DOT com

    Friendly Regards,
    David Dilling

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