Convert PDF to InDesign CS6 or Convert PDF to QuarkXPress with Images in PDF2DTP

Convert PDF to InDesign CS6 or
Convert PDF to QuarkXPress
with Images in PDF2DTP

Convert PDF to InDesign CS6 or convert PDF to QuarkXPress, including images and fonts, with PDF2DTP data conversion software by Markzware, publisher of useful document conversion tools for creative professionals who use graphic software to create graphic design documents. Edit PDF newly-created or legacy files in Adobe Creative Suite INDD or in QuarkXPress QXP with simple file conversion:

PDF2DTP data conversion software includes an InDesign plugin that can convert PDF to InDesign CS6 and a Quark XTension that can convert PDF to QuarkXPress. Both file conversion products are developed by Markzware, the reliable publisher of several document conversion tools to help creative professionals and other graphic software users in graphic arts workflows. Here are some PDF image conversion tips for when you convert PDF to InDesign files or convert PDF to QuarkXPress with PDF2DTP:

PDF2DTP: Down-Sampled Images

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Graphic arts images often pose problems when attempting to convert PDF to QuarkXPress or convert PDF to InDesign files with the same level of quality as the original document. In many cases, the PDF was generated with graphic design images that have been down-sampled to a lower resolution, thus making it physically impossible to reach the goal of a flawless, exact duplicate of the original document.

The above example shows a PDF file created using QuarkXPress graphic software, in which the original placed images were 305dpi. Two PDF files were created out of QuarkXPress, one using the Press Quality settings, and one using the Low Quality settings. As you can see, PDF2DTP can only extract the quality of image that was originally set when the PDF file was created.


It is important to understand a graphic design term known as “OPI” (Open Prepress Interface). This is where a low-resolution image is placed on the document page as a “placement holder” for a higher resolution image stored in a known location.

The high-resolution image, which is of course a much larger file, will be located and used in place of the low-resolution picture at print time. If an image in the PDF is available on disk then a link to it will be created.

If a PDF was generated with no OPI comments then the original name and location of the image will, of course, be unknown. If you choose “Save Missing Images” from the PDF2DTP Preferences a preview file will be conveniently created using the original name.

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PDF2DTP – Found Links

If the link to the original image is known, PDF2DTP will import the file. If the image cannot be located, then it will convert the low-resolution picture preview stored in the PDF. A problem arises due to the fact that the preview is comprised of only those pixels that are viewable within the picture box. If you were to locate and import the image from its original location, then its offset in the picture box may change, if the image dimensions are greater than the picture box.

PDF2DTP – Standard OPI Disabled at PDF Creation Time

Most PDFs are generated by an application in which the Export PDF “Use OPI” setting is not turned on, in which case, the PDF will not contain a name for the image. The link to the original path location of the image is, therefore, unknown.

PDF2DTP for InDesign – Clipping Paths

If the original image exists, it will be imported, and the application will use the default Clipping Path for the image (if one exists). If the image is missing, or no link exists, you can add a Clipping Path to the created preview file. Just select the PDF2DTP “Clipping Paths” Preference, when handling PDF InDesign or PDF QuarkXPress file conversion.

If a conversion reveals a picture box in which the image is not being shown properly (for example, if it is only partially displayed), the first trick to try is to examine the Clipping Path. This can be done in the application, by either editing the points of the path, or by deleting the path altogether.

Edit PDF legacy files with these helpful PDF image conversion tips and with Markzware data conversion software for creative professionals who want fast, easy file conversion:

The PDF2DTP InDesign plugin to convert PDF to InDesign CS6 and
the PDF2DTP Quark XTension to convert PDF to QuarkXPress
are available via the PDF2DTP page.
For more document conversion tools, check out the Markzware Products page.

Convert PDF file to INDD or QXP in graphic arts workflows with PDF image conversion tips and Markzware PDF2DTP to edit PDF in QuarkXPress or Adobe Creative Suite 6 InDesign files!

Convert PDF to InDesign CS6 or Convert PDF to QuarkXPress with Images in PDF2DTP

Title: Convert PDF to InDesign CS6 or Convert PDF to QuarkXPress with Images in PDF2DTP
Published on: October 31, 2012
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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