4 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2013 8:30 PM by Kennedy.ND RSS

    What do I need to do?

    Kennedy.ND

      I have my 475 page book currently in PDF (a Proof) that was created in InDesign by another person. I tried to convert the PDF to Word using Export PDF, but it only produced most of the document in CAPS and nonsensical words, so probably incrypted by InDesign. I want to edit the book myself so what do I need to do to convert this PDF file to InDesign? I do not know what version of InDesign the other person used. I really don't want to have to re-type the whole thing over using Word...help! Thanks, Barbara 

        • 1. Re: What do I need to do?
          Ellis home Community Member

          The ideal situation would be if you can somehow get the original ID file. Try to save the PDF as rich text format. That will give you a better result.

           

          By the way, in Properties/Description you can see what application was used to create the PDF.

           

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          • 2. Re: What do I need to do?
            The Digital Man Community Member

            Why don't you just request a copy of the artwork.  i.e. the InDesign file from this person who laid it out?  A PDF proof is excellent for proofreading the artwork but it is NOT artwork!

             

            Randy

            • 3. Re: What do I need to do?
              [Jongware] MVP

              DM, it might be against company rules to provide 'live' documents. Stuff like that ought to have been agreed upon before the work was done.

               

              Barbara, if you cannot get your designer to send you the actual InDesign file(s), ask for an RTF export. That's just plain text with basic formatting; so, not threatening to the designer.

              But I'm curious: if you wrote the book, why don't you have the original text file?

              • 4. Re: What do I need to do?
                Kennedy.ND

                DM, thanks for your interest and input. I have the original text file from 2008, but over these years I have had the graphic designer make edits and she just sends me the PDF finished file so I would have go back through all the changes, etc. Just too much work for me. Today, I decided because of all the hassle trying to figure it all out between InDesign and Word that I'll just make the changes I want in one of the printed books I have, and let her make the changes in InDesign. I just thought it would be so great for me if I could have the "hands on" to make the changes I want when I want in the timing I need, and save the editing charges. Sometimes she takes SO long to get the changes made. Anyway, I guess the problem is solved. Thanks again, B

                 

                 

                 

                 

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                DM, it might be against company rules to provide 'live' documents. Stuff like that ought to have been agreed upon before the work was done.

                 

                Barbara, if you cannot get your designer to send you the actual InDesign file(s), ask for an RTF export. That's just plain text with basic formatting; so, not threatening to the designer.

                But I'm curious: if you wrote the book, why don't you have the original text file?

                 

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