Markzware Publisher To InDesign

Note: Pub2ID has been DISCONTINUED. Please see our Products page for current Markzware offerings. Markzware also has a File Conversion Service where we can convert your Publisher files to InDesign.

Markzware Publisher to InDesign plugin, Pub2ID, is an Adobe InDesign plugin to convert Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign, is reviewed by Macintosh Users East:

Markzware develops award-winning quality control and conversion tools. Their target markets include creators of PDF files, graphic artists, ad agencies, printers and publishers and all of the people who use Adobe, Microsoft, Quark, and Corel products either professionally, or for their own amusement. Nobody makes more or better document conversion tools than Markzware. We’ve seen them all featured at our MaUsE raffles, demonstrated at our club meetings, and written up in the DoubleClick. The various Markzware programs we’ve looked at may work with different host applications but they all have one thing in common:  they all allow you to take a complex document created in one professional layout program and convert it into a usable document in another professional layout program without losing the formatting or the data.

I recently saw a video on the internet which featured a designer who had created an Adobe InDesign document that had somehow become corrupted. Eventually the file refused to open in InDesign. Ordinarily an event like this would be disasterous to a layout artist, especially if the document were a huge commercial layout for a magazine or a book. Since the file would not open he could not even revert to a saved copy. Instead of starting all over again the designer launched QuarkXPress and invoked his Markzware InDesign to QuarkXPress XTension (ID2Q7) to convert the entire InDesign layout into a perfectly good Quark document. It looked really good as a Quark document and he showed that all of his tables, illustrations and text were successfully saved. Then he launched InDesign and used his Markzware QuarkXPress to InDesign plug-in (Q2ID) to successfully open and convert the Quark copy of his layout document back into an Adobe InDesign layout. The result of the whole operation, shown in the video, was that the resultant document was a totally repaired and usable InDesign document, saving the designer many hours of work.

QuarkXPress and InDesign are not the only programs that Markzware has a solution for. Up until a few years ago, many publishing companies and small businesses that used Microsoft Office software also used Microsoft Publisher as their layout program of choice for creating their business documents and forms.

Publisher was commonly used to do the usual company forms: sales and product brochures, company letterheads, postcards, and calling cards. I bet some companies are still using it but many businesses have either farmed out their layout work or moved on to Adobe InDesign, a more advanced layout tool for creating complex digital documents. InDesign has more flexibility and better design options and tools than Publisher.

If you only had one or two files to convert over you might open both applications, create a new layout in InDesign and copy-paste the data from one application to the other but, if you have a whole library of Publisher documents you need to update or you are working somewhere that is experiencing the transition from Publisher to Adobe InDesign and you want to import Publisher files directly into Adobe InDesign in order to work on them, you will definitely need Markzware Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign (Pub2ID).

Pub2ID is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign. It provides a quick, easy and affordable method for you to migrate all of your Microsoft Publisher content into new Adobe InDesign documents. With the Pub2ID InDesign plug-in installed you will be able to navigate to your Publisher files from the InDesign File menu and use the Open command to open Publisher files right into InDesign. Any changes you make can be saved and you will be encouraged to rename the files. The new files will be InDesign documents. No more re-creating documents from scratch; Pub2ID gives you a big head-start.

On their website, Markzware warns that because of the different ways that various layout programs handle the same tasks, like text flow, fonts and runaround, there is a distinct possibility that the converted document will need to be tweaked a bit in order to get it to look exactly like the source file. My own experience with all of the Markzware conversion tools has been that Markzware software works better than expected and these minor adjustments are far less arduous than totally re-creating the document.

Pub2ID … is compatible with Macintosh and Windows PC. You can buy the licensed software at a cost of $199.00 for a single license. Source

Markzware Publisher To InDesign

Title: Markzware Publisher To InDesign
Published on: May 8, 2008
Mary Marchese

Public Relations at Markzware

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