"Create an index" and "Import a PDF" are two completely different functions. Are you trying to capture the content of a placed PDF for use in an index?
About this point:
You send a pdf to your client and he marks words to be indexed using yellow "comment" underlining.
Then, it's magic! You play the pdf and the ID file together!
Finally, ID has "created" its index with real ID index markers as it has beed done by your client in the pdf!
Yes! It's possible! … and I can tell you it's really cool!
I have TWO tasks.
First, importing the PDF into CS6 InDesign. My InDesign is only accepting XML and my page proofs from my editor are not converting from the PDF although I have been able to convert to MS World for Macs 2011 with Adobe Pro.
Second, after I figure out how to import the PDF into ID, I need to create the index. Obi-Wan suggested I highlight words in the PDF then import it. IS that what you mean Obi-Wan?
What happens when you choose a PDF from the file>place menu?
I've a tool, kind of bridge between Acrobat and ID, written for me!
So, what I mean is that is possible to do it as I said!
Where did you get the tool? Can I get that from somewhere?
Not helpful Obi Wan. If you are here to just prove how smart you are...a forum for finding answers isn't really the place. So antithetical to your name. smh
For the multiple page pdf import, the script "placeMultipagePdf" located in the scipt panel is very handy. Othewise you can import (place) your pdf with options, then in the option window you can choose to import all the pages (or any desired sequence) but you will have to click once for each page when your in you're InDesign document.
For the second part I have to try what's suggested by my fellows, sounds great whatsoever.
If I've piled the small number of 1,340 "good points" since 2 years [nothing to see with Bob's score!], that means that i've already given some "helpful" answers!
If I gave you the information about the tool written for me 3 years ago, it's to tell you such a solution could be done!
I've worked a lot and spent a lot of time on the process and the way to imagine/build it and I've found a very great scripter I've paid for that!
… So no, I'm not so smart to not be able to write it myself at this time and, if a forum is a place where we hope to find answers, it's not a free market where one can make his shameless races!
I don't appreciate your comment!
You place a PDF file like a picture and it will be treated like a picture: no text edits. BTW: you can do the same with InDesign files.
If you have a tool, you canot give away, say it with your comment. Nothing bad about that. But yes, Suzanne was right: your comment was not very helpful to her problem. Are you passing to the Dark Side?
In post#3, I answered to Jeffrey, not Suzanne!
In post#5, I said that I have a tool written for me! If I wanted to give it for free to everybody, I would have said!
My comment was totally useful: this kind of process can be written and that is soothing! Even if you don't find it in a "pochette surprise"!
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As mentioned before, you asked 2 different questions. I hope that this answer gets you satisfied with both of them.
Creating an index:
The example file is a special, but creating an index is good explained. InDesign cs6 Indexing - Tutorial on how to create an Index for your Book! - YouTube
Importing a PDF:
As I said before, you import PDF files like pictures. You can use the same path as with images: drag and drop, <ctrl/cmd> D, File->Place
Please pay attention to the "import options" as you can choose between different "crops": Bounding Box, Art, Trim, Bleed, Media.
For a multi-page PDF, you can choose the page or the range of pages. Etc.
This script places the Pdf-pages on a new page each. Try it out, if you are tempted importing a multi page PDF document.
As I stated before, you can import also other InDesign files. Those files stay editable, i.e. you may open them and change what you have to change and the imported file will update like any other linked document, like Illustrator documents for example..
As those files are seen as "graphics" (equivalent to Illustrator data files), they can't be changed inside of InDesign.