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How to Convert PDF to Indesign - Updated

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2024-05-22 13:36:15 • Filed to: Convert Images • Proven solutions

An InDesign document contains styles and linked files. It can be used for desktop publishing to create books, flyers, newspapers, and magazines. The PDF file format is the commonly used file but it can't be opened and edited by InDesign, so sometimes you may be required to convert your PDF document into an InDesign document for various uses. This article explains the commonly-used way to convert PDF to InDesign.

Tip: If you need to edit PDF files, such as changing text or images, deleting or adding pages, or reordering pages, you can use Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor. PDFelement is packed with professional tools that help you convert, edit, transform, and organize PDFs with ease. With it, you can convert PDF into various file formats. The supported output formats include, Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, JPG, JPEG, TXT, RTF, TIFF, RTF, EPUB, and HTML.

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How to Convert PDF to InDesign

You can easily convert PDF files into InDesign. The most commonly used PDF to InDesign converter is Recosoft PDF2ID, which is a plugin that can analyze data of the PDF file and reconstructe the file in InDesign supported format. PDF2ID offers a free trial and paid plans starting from $99.99/per year. However, many users found that PDF2ID only work well in converting basic PDF files to INDD files.

To convert PDF to InDesign using Recosoft, you can follow these steps.

Step 1. To open and convert the PDF files using the PDF2ID, select the command "PDF2ID- Convert PDF/XPS" from the Recosoft menu.

Step 2. Select the PDF that you want to open to InDesign and then click "OK".

Step 3. When the PDF2ID (PDF to InDesign) appears, hit "OK" to convert PDF to InDesign. You can also specify the conversion options before clicking "OK".

Step 4. The PDF will be converted to InDesign which you can edit. The conversion takes a few seconds depending on the size of the file.

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How to Import PDF into InDesign

In fact, you can open a PDF file in InDesign by placing the file into your InDesign files.

Firstly, click the File menu on InDesign and select Place. This will open the Place dialog window. Now you can select the PDF file to import to InDesign. You can also import JPG, EPS, RTF, etc. to InDesign by the placing button. Make sure that you have ticked the Show Import Options setting and then click OK.

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How to Edit PDF Files without InDesign

If you need to edit the PDF files, you can use PDFelement. Its editing tools help you change images and text easily, and manage the PDF pages. You can also add notes and create custom stamps, highlight, and strikeout texts in a PDF file. The advanced OCR feature even gives you the possibility of editing scanned PDF documents.

Step 1: Import PDF

First, simply drag the pdf file into the software window. You can also click the "Open File..." button and browse the PDF files you want to import.

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Step 2: Edit PDF Files

Click the Edit tab, where you can find the options to edit text, images, watermark, and background of the PDF files. You can also click the Organize tab, where you can combine, split, delete, and reorder pages.

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Step 3: Convert PDF Files to Other Formats

Go to the "Home" tab and then "Word" or "To Others" to enable conversion. A dialog box will appear where you will be able to select the output folder to enable saving the converted file. You can change the output file format by choosing the "Save a Type" option.

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