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    David B commented  · 

    Just a reminder that there are commercial products that can convert PDF to INDD files, including PDF2ID from Recosoft and PDF2DTP from Markzware.

    While it seems like Adobe should be able to simply "add" this feature to InDesign, it's far harder than you might at first expect, especially for untagged pdfs. For example, many (most?) PDF files do not have any inherent sense of structure, so they don't say "this is a story, this is a sentence…" In some cases, it's not even clear what is a single word in the PDF vs a bunch of unrelated letters on the page. The software has to "look" at the page or pages and make assumptions. Some of the third-party companies have been doing this for a decade or more, and their experience helps.

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    David B commented  · 

    In response to someone who said PS might be better than ID at doing this, I reply:

    InDesign and Photoshop show virtually the same data in virtually the same way. As long as High Quality Display is enabled in InDesign, it looks the same. (There have been times I’ve been zoomed into an image when I’ve lost track of which app I’m in!)

    Remember that Photoshop is ALSO showing you a proxy-image at any zoom level other than 100%/Actual Size. I agree that it may be hard to get 100% size in InDesign (because the image has been scaled), but I believe the image-rendering quality in InDesign is plenty good enough to do sharpening for print (which is always a crapshoot anyway due to the vagaries of half toning) and on-screen output (which is also a crapshoot, due to the myriad of devices the document will be displayed on).

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    David B commented  · 

    InDesign can convert all RGB images to CMYK when you export a PDF. That is the best time to do it. For more information, see: https://indesignsecrets.com/import-rgb-images-indesign-convert-cmyk-export.php

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