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How to Edit PDF in InDesign for Mac OS X (Including Sierra)

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InDesign by Adobe is one of the most popular applications which are used to create graphical images, edit them and create all type of design that we see on the back of a book or a poster. If you are creating the cover of a book, you might need to edit PDF in InDesign. Normally, InDesign will not simply open or edit the PDF file, however, you can just link the PDF file in InDesign. If you scanned a PDF file, you can make an editable PDF in Adobe InDesign on Mac OS X. Here's the detailed guide on how to edit a files in InDesign on Mac OS X and best alternative.

Part 1How to Use Alternative for InDesign to Edit PDF

Wondershare PDFelement for Mac is the best alternative to InDesign to edit PDF files. As the name of the program indicates, it is a wonderful program to create powerful PDF files, edit them in any possible way or convert them to the multiple other formats. Just like editing PDF in InDesign, you can add text to any place in the PDF file or replace the existing text with the new text or can completely delete the text from the screen.

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The unique thing about using PDFelement for Mac is that you can also adjust the font, size, alignment of the text present in the PDF file. Similarly, you can edit the images and can crop them without the help of any third-party software.

That's not it! It will also let you draw different type of shapes on the PDF file and you can add one of built-in stamps to PDF document or will let you add images from different sources and you can resize or rotate the images present in the PDFelement for Mac. Unlike InDesign application, in this application, you can even adjust the pages of the PDF file. Lastly, when you are done with the editing, you can either save the file as the PDF file or can convert it to many different formats such as documents, PowerPoint or excel sheet.

PDFelement for Mac is compatible with Mac OS 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, and will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra. So you don't have to worry about the combatibility issue.

Here is a step by step guide to Edit PDF InDesign Alternative for Mac:

Step 1. Open PDF

Launch the Program on your Mac and you can either use drag and drop option to open the PDF file or can directly click on the "Open File" button and select the required PDF file.

Step 2.Edit PDF Text

You can click on the "Edit" tab and choose the buttons under this tab to make modification to your PDF files, including change the text, insert an image to the PDF pages and create a link to PDF pages.

Step 3. Edit PDF Image

Just like text, enable the "Edit" button and hit the second button in the new bar to add image. Now, you can click on any image to edit in any possible way. After clicking the images, you can see a menu appear on the right side, and you can replace, extract, crop, rotate images on that window.

Step 4.Edit PDF Pages

Apart from editing the text or images, whole pages can also be moved, replaced or cropped, inserted, created. Click on the "Page" button on the menu bar and choose the options you want to make.

Select any required option and select the criteria for the pages that you want to edit them.

Part 2How to Edit a PDF in InDesign for Mac

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  • Before you continue, you will have to open the PDF file In Adobe InDesign which is not easy as it seems.
  • Launch the Program on your computer and click on "File" and "Place".
  • Now, select the PDF file that you want to edit in InDesign.
  • Once the file is opened in InDesign, the next step is to edit the PDF File, as you will move the cursor of your mouse, you will see two circles on the page.
  • You can move the PDF file which will be shown as the Image as you want and can edit in any possible way in the program. After editing the file, you can save it by using the export option in Adobe InDesign.

Shortcomings of using Adobe InDesign to Edit PDF:

  • You cannot adjust the length and size of PDF file in Adobe InDesign.
  • There is no way to edit already present text in the PDF File, although, you can add or remove the text.
  • There is no way to convert PDF files to other document format in Adobe InDesign
  • No option to Perform OCR on documents to convert scanned images to editable text.
  • No option to create PDF files from word or other popular formats.
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Published: Sep 08,2016 9:18 am / Updated: Sep 01,2017 16:29 pm

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