Microsoft Publisher Files: Adobe InDesign Plugin Pub2ID to Convert

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Convert Publisher to InDesign with Pub2ID. This Adobe InDesign plugin by Markzware can convert Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign files. Bruce Harris is the lead graphic designer at AlphaGraphics in Cary, North Carolina. He shared his thoughts with Markzware on the print workflow. He also mentioned how to use Pub2ID to deal with Microsoft Publisher files submitted by customers:use Pub2ID to deal with Microsoft Publisher files submitted by customers:

Harris: We design… for print, with a fast-paced, production-oriented, print workflow. We design everything from corporate identities, all the way down to self-inking stamps. We also provide prepress services for client-supplied files.

Markzware: Do you tell your customer how to best prepare files and what is a ‘print-ready’ file?

Harris: Yes, we are in the habit of guiding the customer by suggesting file formats, as well as many other tips. We have documentation in place that we can hand out—or email, as needed. There are also times when we [ask] the client to allow us to create the files from scratch.

Markzware: How prevalent are Microsoft Publisher files these days? If you had to estimate the number of Microsoft Publisher files that come in, what would be the percentage in an average month?

Harris: About 1.5% of the files that come through us are [Microsoft] Publisher files. That just noses out Pagemaker and QuarkXPress. I would like to point out that… Publisher files… tend to consume a disproportionate amount of prep time. So, especially [for] jobs destined for the press, Pub2ID is an invaluable time saver.

Microsoft Publisher Files: Adobe InDesign Plugin Pub2ID to Convert

Markzware’s InDesign plugin can convert Publisher to InDesign files (PUB to INDD)

Markzware: You mention Pub2ID. This tool helps graphic professionals convert content from Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign. It is difficult to work with a Microsoft Publisher file, with the intention of printing it. This often requires rebuilding the entire file in InDesign, for example. Have you found that to be the case?

Harris: [Microsoft] Publisher is… to make layout out… documents as easy as possible… getting those documents into production in any consistent way is a winding path fraught with pitfalls. … it is, indeed, possible to make a [Microsoft] Publisher file work, the same results could be… in InDesign

Markzware: Have you used our Pub2ID tool to convert Publisher files? And, if so, what’s your critique of the tools? Did you find it reliable, useful, seamless, easy to use?

Harris: I have. Most of the [Microsoft] Publisher files we receive, we… convert to InDesign, anyway. After using Pub2ID a few times now, I am… pleased. Each time I use it, I’d estimate that it saves me approximately 15 minutes to an hour. I especially like how it exports the images to a separate folder…

Markzware: Would you say Pub2ID is a worthwhile investment for you? For your AlphaGraphics colleagues? For the graphic arts community at large?

Harris: Pub2ID will… pay for itself within the first 10 uses. I have recommended it… to dozens of designers already!

Convert Publisher to InDesign with this Adobe InDesign plugin!