How to Compare Adobe InDesign Files, INDD Documents: ID Util for macOS

How to compare Adobe InDesign files (INDD Documents), via ID Util for macOS, an InDesign file-previewing app by Markzware:

How can prepress and desktop publishing professionals check multiple InDesign files at once, on a macOS system, for comparison? One way is to compare text placement, image size, colors, font styles, and more, using a free Mac app.

Markzware gives print, publishing and graphic arts document producers innovative ways to expand their potential. Markzware’s ID Util, a macOS application, enables users to preview InDesign, IDML and InCopy files, and to export any of those previews to a PNG, JPG or PDF file.

Preview and compare graphic design changes in your INDD documents, by using Markzware’s ID Util for macOS. Learn more, by watching this video:

How to Compare Adobe InDesign Files, INDD Documents: ID Util for macOS

ID Util for macOS is one of Markzware’s Freebies for desktop publishing (DTP) users who handle Adobe InDesign files. This standalone application allows you to view InDesign previews, styled story content, linked images, and used fonts. You can make comparisons between several files. You can also export the INDD document previews in a PDF, PNG or JPG file format.

How to Use ID Util
• Install ID Util for macOS by Markzware.
• 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.)

Preview Window in Markzware‘s ID Util for macOS App to
Compare Adobe InDesign Files (INDD Documents):

Preview Window in Markzware's ID Util for macOS App to Compare Adobe InDesign Files, INDD Documents

ID Util’s Preview Window displays:
• a preview of your selected file.
• InDesign or IDML file page size info.
• Zoom controls and preset zoom hot keys.
• file name.
• InDesign, IDML or InCopy file version.
• preview Export button.
• Print button.
• Resave HD option to view high-definition previews of InDesign files (if the appropriate InDesign version is active on your computer).

Batch Previews
Want to preview more than one InDesign file at a time? ID Util for macOS can enable that. Just drag and drop multiple files onto ID Util’s “Drag and drop” area. Markzware‘s ID Util will display each file’s preview in a separate window. To select multiple files for previewing, click File > Open, then press Command-Click or Shift-Click. Each file’s preview will open in its own individual window. If the Welcome Window gets covered by those preview windows, you can press Command-Semicolon, to put the Welcome Window in front of the previews.

Copy Previews
Click on a preview to select and highlight the preview. Press Command-C to copy the selected preview to the Clipboard. Paste the copy of the preview into your chosen applications.

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How to compare Adobe #InDesign files with @Markzware ID UTIL…

– Claudia McCue @claudiamccue, Owner of Practicalia, LLC
and Author of “Real World Print Production”

If you have several versions of one main design that you or a team member created in InDesign, how do you know which is the file you need? Is it more recent, with more content and more pages? They may look very similar, with only slight differences, but those differences may be very important to your customer. The names and dates may be similar, as well. What will help?

Benefits of ID Util for macOS
• allows you to get an easy, quick preview of Adobe InDesign, IDML, and InCopy files, with a simple click of the spacebar.
• supports a variety of Adobe InDesign, IDML and InCopy CS & CC file versions.
• does not require Adobe software installation, to provide basic previews.
• costs nothing to download.
• gives you the option to transfer previews.
• shows what version of InDesign the file was created in.

Drag-and-Drop INDD Documents on Markzware‘s
ID Util for macOS, to Make It Easier to
Compare Adobe InDesign Files:

Drag-and-Drop INDD Documents on Markzware's ID Util for macOS, to Compare Adobe InDesign Files Easily

ID Util for macOS Features
• 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.

With ID Util, you can preview a variety of Adobe InDesign CS (Creative Suite) and InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) file versions. Creative professionals can review their design versions, through a fast method, and be able to share InDesign stories with team members, vendors and clients.

Viewing Multiple INDD Documents in
Markzware‘s ID Util for macOS App, to
Compare Adobe InDesign Files:

Viewing Multiple INDD Documents in Markzware's ID Util for macOS App to Compare Adobe InDesign Files

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

It can be frustrating when creative workflow professionals don’t know which INDD document on their system is which. Markzware’s free app, ID Util, allows you to make a simple visual comparison between two InDesign files.

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If you want to be sure you are previewing the appropriate document, ID Util can also give you a preview of the individual images, page by page. ID Util can also export stories and images. Download it for free, today!

Get ID Util for macOS … for Free!
You can access the free ID Util for macOS download on the Mac App Store. See more Adobe-compatible and other solutions for the macOS platform, on the Markzware Products page. Come join the Markzware Mailing List and post with Markzware on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn, and Google+.

How to Compare Adobe InDesign Files, INDD Documents: ID Util for macOS

Title: How to Compare Adobe InDesign Files, INDD Documents: ID Util for macOS
Published on: February 15, 2018
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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