Edit PDF in InDesign CS6 or QuarkXPress: Markzware PDF2DTP Tutorial

Edit PDF in InDesign CS6 or QuarkXPress using PDF2DTP:

PDF to InDesign CS6 tutorial with Markzware PDF2DTP – See how to edit PDF in InDesign CS6 or PDF to QuarkXPress with PDF2DTP by Markzware, publisher of data conversion solutions for graphic designers, publishers, printers and other users of desktop publishing tools. See this video, which demonstrates the Adobe CS6 plugin to convert PDF to InDesign:

Edit PDF in InDesign CS6 or QuarkXPress with PDF2DTP

PDF to InDesign Tutorial – Markzware PDF2DTP for InDesign CS6 and PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress


All marketing departments, corporations, advertising studios, printers, publishers have them: PDF files, not just any PDF but a PDF that you need, and that’s all you have left is that PDF, nothing else – no native, no source files, no InDesign or Quark file, no Illustrator or Photoshop file, no images – only that file. Yes, perhaps you have the fonts, but you don’t have the artwork, the layout, the creative side of the content. Well, that’s why, with great pleasure, I’m going to introduce you to a new product Markzware is working on and perhaps even by the time you see it, it might even be released, and that is called PDF2DTP for QuarkXPress and PDF2DTP for InDesign.

Today, I’m going to go show you the InDesign side. Let’s go check it out. Alright, so here we are with and InDesign and we have to first get rid of this registration from for Q2ID, one of our other products, to convert Quark to InDesign. We have at Markzware many conversion products, so this is nothing new to us, but PDF has been described as chaotic, so this is really quite incredible what we’re able to do here.

Through the Markzware menu item up top, you’ll find PDF2DTP, and you select, simply, Convert PDF. I should note, and it’s good to take a peak here right now, there is an advanced set of Preferences, because there are many things that you can adjust to make the conversion, with recovery that much better, of your PDF file. Then, you can see here some of the preferences, including saving ICC profiles, duotone EPS, getting all the stylizations, tables, blends, pretty much you name it, we’re going to try to grab it, if possible, out of that PDF.

PDF2DTP will even extract the images out. So, if you don’t have those anymore, we’ll even recover those for you. So, we go up here to PDF2DTP, we hit Convert PDF and we select a PDF job. Let’s choose a file which is kind of fitting here, a PDF2DTP brochure we created in InDesign. Now, can you imagine that all we have left is this PDF here now. That’s it. What do we do? Do we recreate the file? Yeah, you can, and particularly when you are talking about a multi-page file, that can add up in hours quite quickly.

So, we just click PDF2DTP > Open, and it’s pretty much that easy. PDF2DTP converts, well, convert everything: layers, text, formatting, colors, even like you saw, ICC profiles, etc., even extracting the images. And you see here, now we have the file, and if we zoom in, you’ll see that PDF2DTP has done a really fantastic job of converting this PDF file and recovering it back into the DTP environment, in this case in InDesign, that I’m familiar with. Fantastic!

Alright, what I’m going to show you now… actually, first, this is kind of neat. This is the new, in CS6, the new panels, as they’re called, created with the Configurator from Adobe, a neat new way to educate people about certain tasks, right within InDesign in this case, or Photoshop and other tools. Very, very interesting, neat little panel under the Window Extensions and there you get the panel or extension, as I guess it’s actually called.

So, now I’m going to show you how to extract images, so I’m going to go to Convert PDF, and in the Preferences section, you can see a designated folder where you can save your images. OK, so it’s now only going to save the file, but also all the images will be extracted. Convert PDF file and let’s choose [a document]… and there we get the PDF now as an Adobe InDesign file for us to work with and edit and change things.

What was also neat, I will show you now is that in the Documents folder, in the PDF2DTP folder, you’ll see the PDF2DTP InDesign folder and inside of there, it creates a job folder. So, you see this job folder here is clearly showing the PDF2DTP brochure we just converted; and inside of there, we get the InDesign file itself, but also all the images that were used inside of that InDesign file. Now, this is really handy, I mean, I might not have this image anymore, but now I have it extracted out back for me to use, so I don’t have to go through and take screen shots and all kind of, you know, crazy things to get the same look the customer wants. I have the images now back on my computer ready to use, with PDF2DTP from Markzware.

In the PDF2DTP Preferences, you’ll also notice Tables. Let’s take a closer look at what PDF2DTP can mean for converting tables, often very tricky from PDFs back into the native source application. Here, we choose a PDF from 2002, a survey, 44 pages. Look at PDF2DTP slice through this like a hot knife through butter, converting this PDF right back into a source application for us to design and layout in further.

Now, what you’ll see right away in this nice document from, you know, GATF back in the day about chargeable versus non-chargeable down time on the preflighting side of things; and now we see the tables. What you see is some convert pretty good and others convert not great, but better than nothing. Tables are handled in PDF2DTP. There might need to be some touching up in some cases. In other cases, it might not work very well at all. However, in general, it’s doing up till now a great job of converting tables using your PDF files right back into your source, in this case, Adobe InDesign CS6 layout application.

PDF here… Let’s see how it handles the Character Styles and the Paragraph Styles… and what you see is that all character styles are applied again, and all paragraph styles are also applied. So, no reason to redo your work when you can easily convert your PDFs right back into a source application, getting your images, getting your styles, getting your tables, really fantastic with PDF2DTP from Markzware.

If you need more information on Markzware’s PDF2DTP, cruise on over to markzware.com/products/pdf2dtp. There, you’ll get more demonstrations, videos, features and benefits, a full description, demo download and, of course, system requirements. PDF2DTP, at this time, is still in beta. Hopefully, very soon, perhaps when you see this, it’ll be released and able to be purchased. PDF2DTP from Markzware, a fantastic way to open PDF files within InDesign or in QuarkXPress. Thank you. David Dilling from Markzware, signing off.

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Edit PDF in InDesign CS6 and edit PDF in QuarkXPress with Markzware PDF2DTP!

Title: Edit PDF in InDesign CS6 or QuarkXPress: Markzware PDF2DTP Tutorial
Published on: June 28, 2012
Patty Talley

Strategic Marketing Analyst at Markzware

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