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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.

Now with Adobe InDesign CC 2019 Support!

Do you need to download the update? Find your download here!

PDF to InDesign Conversions

The PDF to Adobe InDesign conversion process re-creates or transfers, as best as possible, all of the elements over from the PDF document into a new InDesign file. What you end up with is an editable InDesign document mimicking the original layouts content, and styling.

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 (re-created)
• text attributes
• much more…

Supports InDesign CC 2019

through InDesign CS6

The PDF2DTP Subscription comes with Plug-Ins for InDesign CC 2019, InDesign CC 2018, 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 PDF2DTP, 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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“So, this is the kind of utility software that every company should have. And, by the way, it works so easily, even I can do it.”

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“Very convenient, one click! Having the conversion already give you the style sheets is wonderful. Time-saver!”
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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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by Glen on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP is a life saver

Due to financial disaster after a stroke I had to let my license lapse on this so it's been a while since I last used it, and boy has the Markzware guys been busy, they have made this product a must-have in my opinion! the conversions are blisteringly fast and incredibly good, it's clear that Markzware talks to designers, this plugin is awesomely good, I'm not easily impressed but this new version has knocked my socks off!
On my list of essential software for designers!

by Rick Hauser on PDF2DTP
Almost perfect, and way, way better than the alternative

I am working on a catalog project. The initial design and art production work was done in Asia and instead of using InDesign for this 40-page catalog, they used Illustrator. Don't ask me why, but I am assuming it is because many Chinese printers seem to prefer Illustrator. In any case, I am faced with converting an A4 sized catalog to 8.5"x11", converting all units to US standard and making many other changes to match the US model line up. PDF2DTP has been a god-send. It has allowed me to quickly convert each spread from Illustrator to InDesign. The converted files are all pretty good and I'm making progress. Some problems I've encountered: not all fonts copy, especially if there are fonts in the original doc that I don't have in my system. When vector illustrations are converted I have a long, long list of paths in my Links folder, vs. a collected .ai file, and images are not titled in the Links folder beyond "Image 2", Image 3" etc. But these are relatively minor issues. I'm very pleased with the performance of the software - and very relieved to have found such a solution to my daunting problem. Thanks!

by Tom on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP for InDesign Mac

It's a fantastic product. The results of the conversion are almost perfect. Fast and easy to access and use. However for the price it would of been good to have the same as the adobe license, automatically for two machines.

by Thomas on PDF2DTP

This extension for indesign works really well, it’s not perfection but close to it. The only negative point is the fact that we get only one license per computer regarding the price. Comparing to a full adobe CS subscription that automatically works on two machines maximum on a single licence and cost approx 800/900 USD a year

by Sabrina on PDF2DTP
Very simple to use; there isn't a version for Win

A very good product, it really works with a "click"! Unluckily there isn't a version for Win (I've had to ask a friend to use her Mac) and th installer does't run automatically on old Macs. Support service is fast and precise.

by Chris Perry on PDF2DTP
So far so good...

Converted 265 page PDF and the results where good, only issue was a few text boxes on some forms moved and tables did not import any tabs but saved me hours of time if I'd had to recreate. See how it copes with the next job.

by Stephen Duxbury on PDF2DTP
Brilliant product

We bought this product many years ago and it is brilliant, on 90% of jobs it really does a great job, on another 5% good enough to more than use the InDesign file and the last 5% sometimes it just struggles ! But have more than got our monies worth from it. Can well recommend it.

by annette on PDF2DTP
THANK THE GODS of Markzware

when the client only has a PDF of an old directory they want to be recreated and you want to pull your hair out ... MY HAIR THANKS THE GODS of Markzware for saving me the hours of tedious work. What would have been an entire day of recon became minutes with this handy plug in. I really appreciate it... as does my hair! Bald never really looked good on me.

by James on PDF2DTP
Surprisingly great!

I have just converted a 5-page PDF document in a very short time and I have to say, I am very impressed.

I didn’t have huge expectations as my document had a lot of shape vectors and different text formats - which I assumed wouldn’t convert well.
But I actually needed to do very little adjusting after it converted.
I´m assuming the better you layout your original document in InDesign (following styles etc.) the better it is.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I had to manually install after it failed to install directly from the download. And, it doesn't convert perfectly (but you won't find a product that will!)

Great work and I think probably the best in the market!

by Roy Behymer on PDF2DTP
Perfect Conversion may not be attainable, but this is a close second

With so many source programs creating PDFs, each with their own method and coding for their layouts, it's not surprising that some conversions are a bit awkward to work with. We purchased with the intent of converting PDFs from our website where real estate investors choose a design and add body copy of their own. There is always information that will be swapped out by us for data merge, both text and images. We were hoping for native InDesign files from the web programmers, since that is where our data merge software operates. PDF2DTP bridges the gap for us and allows us to easily add the bleeds that the PDFs don't have as well as swap out address information and photos during merge. Text boxes are often unthreaded, but without knowing how the web form is coded, I can't be sure where the fault lies. Even so, PDF2DTP saves us quite a bit of time and is far superior to opening the file in Illustrator and dealing with its conversion shortcomings and lackluster paragraph handling.

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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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by Glen on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP is a life saver

Due to financial disaster after a stroke I had to let my license lapse on this so it's been a while since I last used it, and boy has the Markzware guys been busy, they have made this product a must-have in my opinion! the conversions are blisteringly fast and incredibly good, it's clear that Markzware talks to designers, this plugin is awesomely good, I'm not easily impressed but this new version has knocked my socks off!
On my list of essential software for designers!

by Rick Hauser on PDF2DTP
Almost perfect, and way, way better than the alternative

I am working on a catalog project. The initial design and art production work was done in Asia and instead of using InDesign for this 40-page catalog, they used Illustrator. Don't ask me why, but I am assuming it is because many Chinese printers seem to prefer Illustrator. In any case, I am faced with converting an A4 sized catalog to 8.5"x11", converting all units to US standard and making many other changes to match the US model line up. PDF2DTP has been a god-send. It has allowed me to quickly convert each spread from Illustrator to InDesign. The converted files are all pretty good and I'm making progress. Some problems I've encountered: not all fonts copy, especially if there are fonts in the original doc that I don't have in my system. When vector illustrations are converted I have a long, long list of paths in my Links folder, vs. a collected .ai file, and images are not titled in the Links folder beyond "Image 2", Image 3" etc. But these are relatively minor issues. I'm very pleased with the performance of the software - and very relieved to have found such a solution to my daunting problem. Thanks!

by Tom on PDF2DTP
PDF2DTP for InDesign Mac

It's a fantastic product. The results of the conversion are almost perfect. Fast and easy to access and use. However for the price it would of been good to have the same as the adobe license, automatically for two machines.

by Thomas on PDF2DTP

This extension for indesign works really well, it’s not perfection but close to it. The only negative point is the fact that we get only one license per computer regarding the price. Comparing to a full adobe CS subscription that automatically works on two machines maximum on a single licence and cost approx 800/900 USD a year

by Sabrina on PDF2DTP
Very simple to use; there isn't a version for Win

A very good product, it really works with a "click"! Unluckily there isn't a version for Win (I've had to ask a friend to use her Mac) and th installer does't run automatically on old Macs. Support service is fast and precise.

by Chris Perry on PDF2DTP
So far so good...

Converted 265 page PDF and the results where good, only issue was a few text boxes on some forms moved and tables did not import any tabs but saved me hours of time if I'd had to recreate. See how it copes with the next job.

by Stephen Duxbury on PDF2DTP
Brilliant product

We bought this product many years ago and it is brilliant, on 90% of jobs it really does a great job, on another 5% good enough to more than use the InDesign file and the last 5% sometimes it just struggles ! But have more than got our monies worth from it. Can well recommend it.

by annette on PDF2DTP
THANK THE GODS of Markzware

when the client only has a PDF of an old directory they want to be recreated and you want to pull your hair out ... MY HAIR THANKS THE GODS of Markzware for saving me the hours of tedious work. What would have been an entire day of recon became minutes with this handy plug in. I really appreciate it... as does my hair! Bald never really looked good on me.

by James on PDF2DTP
Surprisingly great!

I have just converted a 5-page PDF document in a very short time and I have to say, I am very impressed.

I didn’t have huge expectations as my document had a lot of shape vectors and different text formats - which I assumed wouldn’t convert well.
But I actually needed to do very little adjusting after it converted.
I´m assuming the better you layout your original document in InDesign (following styles etc.) the better it is.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I had to manually install after it failed to install directly from the download. And, it doesn't convert perfectly (but you won't find a product that will!)

Great work and I think probably the best in the market!

by Roy Behymer on PDF2DTP
Perfect Conversion may not be attainable, but this is a close second

With so many source programs creating PDFs, each with their own method and coding for their layouts, it's not surprising that some conversions are a bit awkward to work with. We purchased with the intent of converting PDFs from our website where real estate investors choose a design and add body copy of their own. There is always information that will be swapped out by us for data merge, both text and images. We were hoping for native InDesign files from the web programmers, since that is where our data merge software operates. PDF2DTP bridges the gap for us and allows us to easily add the bleeds that the PDFs don't have as well as swap out address information and photos during merge. Text boxes are often unthreaded, but without knowing how the web form is coded, I can't be sure where the fault lies. Even so, PDF2DTP saves us quite a bit of time and is far superior to opening the file in Illustrator and dealing with its conversion shortcomings and lackluster paragraph handling.

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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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