I'm trying to understand what InDesign can and cannot do with Acrobat files. I've got Acrobat files from a book I authored and need to edit and update.
I can turn those Acrobat files into MS Word files, but Word does some funny things in the process that makes that editing a real chore. Can InDesign import those Acrobat files and make the job easier?
Indesign can Place Acrobat and MS Word, but not edit Acrobat.
With InDesign you do a File menu > Place command to bring in PDFs and place them on the page as if they were artwork. This does not make them editable, although some do a work-around by putting paper-filled boxes on the PDF and setting new bodies of type.
Acrobat PDF files were always meant to be a final end product, not an editable document. They begrudgingly allow a small amount of editing.
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