I need to import a diagram saved as a PDF into InDesign and then be able to select the text in InDesign afterwards. The diagram includes images and text. I've placed the PDF within my InDesign document, but it's imported as an image and the text is not accessible for selection (I do not need to edit the text, but will need it to be readable after I save my finished document as a PDF later).
You cannot place a PDF and edit it (or select parts of it), or any other graphical file. There are commercial plugins that will allow you to OPEN a PDF as an editable ID file, at which point you could copy/paste elements into a new document. Why, exactly, do you need to be able to select text in the PDF after the file has been imported?
You won't be able to select the text in InDesign. You're not wrong to say the PDF is placed as an image, but in fact it's a sort of "hybrid." That is, while it behaves as an image, as long as it had live text coming in, it will retain it going back out (to PDF). In other words, the text in your second-generation PDF will be selectable in Reader/Acrobat. Have you tried it?
Thanks. Bob & John, I just exported as a PDF and a) the images in the diagram get severely distorted and b) the text is not readable selectable... I'm new to this... am I doing somethinthing wrong? My plan by is to paste the graphics layer of teh diagram in as a PNG (or other format), then type the text in in InDesign -- but, I was hoping for an easier fix.
Peter -- I need the finished PDF to be accessible/readable (for visually impaired).
To clarify: The image (pasted in from PDF) is crystal clear in InDesign, but when I export it, the garphics get pixelated and the shaddowing turns into thick black lines, and teh text gets very blurry.