I'm currently searching for a cost efficient and reliable way to convert Publisher files to InDesign. Any suggestions for converting these files would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
A lower cost but more painful way is to create a pdf of the Publisher files open in Illistrator and them copy and paste into Indesign. May be a lot of work or not depending on how complex the document is.
Or edit the file in Illustrator and place in ID if you need to.
Illustrator is not a multipurpose PDF editor. In any way, shape or form.
It would be better to use Acrobat.
Save the file as a RTF - delete all the imagery from the RTF in Word
Extract all the Images/Diagrams/Graphics from the PDF using the Edit Object command.
Raster images will open in Photoshop and Vector in Illustrator (can be setup up through Acrobat preferences)
Reassemble the layout in InDesign.
But whatever you do *Don't open the PDF in Illustrator. And don't start copying and pasting from Illustrator to InDesign*
Do it right - or else face headaches down the road later on.