37 Replies Latest reply on May 18, 2016 4:33 AM by muratz07

    I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5

    GeoData89 Level 1

      Hi all,

       

      I can't seem to open any PDF files of any version while using InDesign CS5...

       

      I'm currently running InDesign in Windows 7 Professional x32bit...

       

      This message keeps popping up:

       

      Cannot open the file "TIG_Sheet_and_Application.pdf". Adobe InDesign may not support the file format, a plug-in that supports the file format may be missing, or the file may be open in another application.

       

      I've made sure that the file was not open in any application, and its not just this particular pdf files... all PDF files can't be opened. The only thing that actually opens in InDesign are the indd files...

       

      I try going through the plug-in list, but there's a bunch and I'm not sure which one is it...

       

      Tried google search for a solution but found no solution...

       

      Can anyone help me?

       

       

      Cheers,

        • 1. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
          pardalek Level 1

          Hi,

           

          InDesign can only "Place" PDF files into graphic frames. Why would you like to open PDF files in InDesign?

           

          //Adam

          • 2. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

            "The only thing that actually opens in InDesign are the indd files..."

             

            No surprises here. (Actually, it can also "open" IDML files, but that's no consolation.)

            • 3. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
              darrelltwo Level 1

              Considering PDF is supposed to be this awesome universal packed up file format that most other applications out there (even Open Office) can open and edit, it seems silly that InDesign can't. I have plenty of clients that have Photoshop, but few that have InDesign, so they can't make edits to InDesign files directly.

              • 4. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                [Jongware]-9BC6tI Level 4

                Now that's a short-sighted and provable plain wrong comment. I have lots of other applications that cannot open and edit PDFs. I also have lots of PDFs that cannot be opened and edited with tools that are specifically designed to work with PDFs.

                 

                Photoshop, for instance, cannot "open and edit" PDF. If you think it does: fine. It only proves you don't know what Photoshop does when "opening" a PDF.

                 

                Illustrator can "open and edit" fairly most PDFs, but again: if you think you are opening, then editing, the original PDF, you only prove you don't know what Illustrator does when "opening" a PDF.

                 

                InDesign is not designed as, nor has it ever been advertised as, a tool to "open and edit" PDF.

                • 5. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                  Dirk Becker  Level 4

                  Missing features are plugin product opportunities for others.

                  This forum is the place where external developers discuss technical issues of their plugins.

                   

                  So if you are searching for a possible solution, you might consider

                  http://www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id/pdf-to-indesign.htm

                   

                  Disclaimer: I never have used the PDF2ID product and have no other relations to it.

                  Alternatively, there is also the forum dedicated to InDesign feature requests.

                   

                  Dirk

                  • 6. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                    Capt. Mac Level 1

                  • 1

                    Click on the InDesign program icon to launch the application.

                  • 2

                    Select "File" from the InDesign menu bar.

                  • 3

                    Pull down the menu to "New" to open a new InDesign document. The "New Document" window will open.

                  • 4

                    Select "Page Size" (preferably the same size as your PDF document).

                  • 5

                    Select either horizontal or vertical "Orientation" (preferably the same orientation as your PDF document).

                  • 6

                    Leave the "Columns" or "Margins" selections as is.

                  • 7

                    Click "OK" to open the new, blank InDesign document.

                  • 8

                    Locate the "File" menu again, and pull down the menu to "Place."

                  • 9

                    Select the location of the PDF you wish to open from the "Place" window that opens.

                  • 10

                    Double-click on the PDF file to open the "Importing" progress bar.

                  • 11

                    Place your cursor, which will have changed from an arrow to an arrow with an Adobe logo, precisely at the position you wish your PDF to be placed, and click.

                  • 12

                    Reposition the PDF on the page to your liking, or resize if needed.

                  • 13

                    Select "Save" from the InDesign file menu to save your new document to the preferred location on your computer, or select "Print" from the InDesign file menu to print the document.



                  • Read more: How Do You Open a PDF in InDesign? | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6012985_do-open-pdf-indesign_.html#ixzz1XCxHhHle

                    • 7. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                      greenbluewave Level 1

                      >Why would you like to open PDF files in InDesign?

                       

                      BECAUSE WE WANT TO.  THX

                      • 8. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                        [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

                        greenbluewave wrote:

                         

                        >Why would you like to open PDF files in InDesign?

                         

                        BECAUSE WE WANT TO.  THX

                         

                        That is not a good reason. Even typing in capitals doesn't make it so.

                         

                        Do you also want to be able to "open" PSD files in InDesign? Illustrator? Word? Excel? AutoCAD? Maya 3D? GarageBand? Any of these programs can export some data format that InDesign, in turn, can import. For every sucker person that "NEEDS" to be able to 'open' a PDF, there is another one who "NEEDS" to 'open' a GarageBand file in ID, for pretty much the same reasons.

                        • 9. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                          greenbluewave Level 1

                          [Jongware], it's a usability thing; You wouldn't understand.

                           

                          Also, if you don't have anything constructive to add to a help board, then why bother?  You only succeed in frustrating people that are looking for answers to their specific issuesYou may not have any reason to import a PDF into InDesign, but that doesn't mean that others don't have good reasons for doing so and we don't have to explain ourselves to YOU.  (whoops, I used caps again, I'm so very sorry)

                          • 10. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

                            > You may not have any reason to import a PDF into InDesign, but that doesn't mean that others don't have good reasons for doing so...

                             

                            You are missing the point of the OP's request. In fact, I import PDFs into InDesign almost every working day. The OP (and follow-uppers) are ranting about the "shortcoming" that InDesign cannot *open* and *edit* any PDF.

                             

                            There are *huge* differences between being able to *import* and being able to *edit* a file. InDesign, for example can import a PNG file -- but you cannot edit it.

                            • 11. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                              DavidMWE Level 1

                              We have a tool, PDF2DTP, which will convert Illusttrator and PDF to InDesign. That is the way to go, with a third-party plugin like PDF2DTP. Here is a video demonstration:

                               

                              • 12. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                tazsmith Level 1

                                why are you being a rude for no reason, i came across this thread as im also trying to open a pdf. in ID and i think you'll find that its very common to open magazine templates in indesign in order to place images in the format, you're not as smart as you think mate

                                • 13. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                  ian76coupe Level 1

                                  Hi tazsmith.

                                  Yup, some grumpy and rude people on here for sure! Hopefully I can help you though.

                                  I had the same problem today re placing pdf's into CS5 which I use all the time for this.

                                  I found a solution online which worked for me.

                                   

                                  When placing (File/Place) check the Show Import Options. Then after the file is selected and the next dialogue box comes up, check your Crop To options. You won't be able to place a pdf if your Crop To option is greyed out. Instead, select one that is not. I use the top one now, Bounding Box (Visible Layers Only).

                                   

                                  This fixed my issue - hop e it does for you too.

                                   

                                  Cheers.

                                  • 14. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                    Paul Chadha Level 1

                                    I represent Recosoft the makers of PDF2ID (www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id). You can place a PDF into InDesign. But it wont be editable. If your idea is to "convert" the PDF to an editable InDesign file then you need to look no further then PDF2ID as it will convert the PDF to a fully editable InDesign document (complete with tables, URL, paragraphs, threaded text frames, automatically separates text, tables and graphics into layers). There are many editions (low cost US$99.99 to US$299) depending on your needs. I've posted a Youtube video here for you.

                                    PDF2ID - PDF to InDesign CS4-CS6, InDesign CC and InDesign CC 2014 - YouTube

                                    • 15. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                      laurab45391940 Level 1

                                      People, don't listen to this person he/she doesn't know what they're are talking about. I too am experiencing the same issues opening none Indesign files, I also get the same pop up too. And yes I would like to import a psd.\pdf files to Indesign, because that's what Indesign is for. If anyone can help, it would be much appreciated. Also to note, I am using the trial, maybe that's why I can't open any files?

                                      • 16. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                        krystlew43750049 Level 1

                                        I'm currently having the same issue of opening, (or, "opening", as you say) PDFs with InDesign, and my reason is this: I'm attempting to open a tri-fold vinyl template to layout my album artwork. If anyone, (yourself included, if you can refrain from unleashing too much snark), has any suggestions on how I should go about it, or if I should purchase different software, I'd be greatly appreciative.

                                         

                                        Cheers.

                                        • 17. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                          It doesn't open. It does PLACE PDF files. Try that - make a new blank PDF, and place the PDF in it, it might do what you need. However, I think templates are sold for use in Illustrator.

                                          • 18. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                            [Jongware] Most Valuable Participant

                                            krystlew, and others reading this thread and considering the answers "snarky" or "not helpful": note that this is the InDesign SDK forum -- that is, a question posted here should be about programming for InDesign:

                                             

                                            About this Forum

                                            The InDesign SDK forum is for discussions on InDesign plugin development using the InDesign SDK. InDesign plugins are developed in C++.

                                             

                                            Presumably, you found this discussion because the error message lead you here: that you cannot "open" a PDF. That's InDesign's usual message for all content that it cannot 'open' with the command "File > Open..."; try for example with a Word document, a JPEG image, or an Excel spreadsheet. InDesign is perfectly able to import these files -- but you cannot use "File > Open...". You must use the command "File > Place..." instead. "Placing a PDF" is described in the online Help: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/placing-graphics.html

                                             

                                            It is a regular User Interface question and so unrelated to what this forum is for. General InDesign questions can be asked in the regular user forum: https://forums.adobe.com/community/indesign/content

                                             

                                            I believe that the original question was posted in error in this forum and thus got interpreted as "what do I need to code to natively open PDFs". The answer is: lots. InDesign does not provide anything to natively read a PDF, so you would have to program literally everything.

                                             

                                            (Some of the other posts ask why InDesign cannot already do this -- and the answer is, "Because It Is Incredibly Hard". The counterargument I usually give is that InDesign can also import (place) and export JPEG images and yet it is not a JPEG Editor. I can provide technical arguments as well. One is, there are lots of ways to construct PDFs in such a way that important content information is lost -- even something as basic as "what text is actually here".

                                             

                                            ... So, kudo's to Markzware for making it possible anyway! If you found this post because you need to convert a PDF file to a native, editable InDesign document, try their software.)

                                            • 19. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                              Paul Chadha Level 1

                                              Hello Jongware -

                                               

                                              PDF2ID is by Recosoft (I represent Recosoft www.recosoft.com/products/pdf2id). If thats what you are referring to.

                                              • 20. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                elielieli10 Level 1

                                                I have the same problem

                                                • 21. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                  maoboran Level 1

                                                  that's it! the Crop To is the trick.... thanks!!

                                                  • 22. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                    craigs98097117 Level 1

                                                    Right just to jump on the bandwagon here, i think a feature to be able to open an editable PDF in indesign would be useful, even if it is ONLY PDFs which were created in InDesign in the first place - from my point of view here why:

                                                     

                                                    PDF is fairly versatile and anyone can download the reader to open and view them, so as a designer with the CS package PDF file format is handy, I quite often when using illustrator will save the file as a PDF only as i know i can easily open and re-edit the file at any time, but also send it to a client for them to view, without having multiple file types saved etc.

                                                     

                                                    if i create a document in InDesign, and then export it as a PDF then i would hope in the same way as with illustrator all the vector information is still there (infact I'm sure at least most of it certainly is, ask can open that PDF in illustrator and use the vectors) so i would have thought it wouldn't be out of the question to be able to also open that file back up in InDesign and make alterations to the file.

                                                     

                                                    I use Indesign to write company branded and well designed quotations for my clients as InDesign is abetter design tool that other programs i could use to draw up quotations, i then export these as PDFs to email to clients, and i do this ALOT so right now i can either export it as a PDF for the client AND save as an .Indd incase i need to make changes or discard the changes in the hope thats the end of the story, as i hate having too many unnecessary files, but often i have to re-quote or make an adjustment to the occasional quote and then have to re-do it from the template again. it would handy just to be able to open up that PDF and make an alteration.

                                                     

                                                    surely that makes sense, and i know PDFs save vectors, fonts etc, so i can't see why InDesign couldn't have this facility.

                                                    • 23. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                      Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                      I wouldn't support this. DO you know how it is that Illustrator can re-open its files perfectly from PDF? It is because it writes a PDF with just the visual part, and hides in the file the complete original Illustrator data as well. (Hence, twice the size). This is to me a nightmare because if someone edits the PDF in Acrobat or whatever, then re-opens in Illustrator, all the changes are always lost.

                                                      • 24. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                        craigs98097117 Level 1

                                                        The point I'm making is that for me i can re-use my illustrator PDFs, i don't care what happens with it when i send it elsewhere if they edit it in something else and it is no longer of use to me i don't care. the fact is i can save files like quotes/proofs etc as a PDF and make quick edits without having to save multiple file formats and export a pdf just to send to someone, i can have one format from illustrator for my proofs etc and i know i can make a small change, so indesign could have exactly the same feature surely?

                                                         

                                                        as someone else said maybe its not a perfect scenario or useful/ideal for everyone - it all depends on how they use the adobe software and what they use it for, i personally use quite a lot of the different programs and for a vast array of different uses, but this is a simple feature in my mind which would work well.

                                                         

                                                        if Indesign PDFs when my client opened it in something else became useless i couldn't care, as long as when they asked me to change something i could open up the one i saved in Indesign on my computer and make a little tweak easily, that would be immensely handy.

                                                         

                                                        And i don't see why you wouldn't support it - what i said was a factual observation from my point of view, and if what i suggested was possible for indesign, it would not hinder or be a problem for anyone else, but for those who think like me it would be a handy extra ability to have.

                                                        • 25. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                          I can easily see the use and value, and I agree on that. But I can also, as a lontime forum contributor, see the appalling messes people would get into because they expected to be able to edit in whatever suited them and roundrip, losing hours or days of work. Because anything that increases the chances of thing like this is bad, I don't support it. Experts often dislike decisions made to protect the daft.

                                                          • 26. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                            Zhiyong Peng Level 1

                                                            "Place" pdf file may be OK. One can not directly "Open" pdf by Indesign.

                                                             

                                                            One can "export" an indd file to PDF format.

                                                            • 27. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                              _xxminixx Level 1

                                                              serioiusly?  b/c editing choices, layouts, etc are easier in Indesign, yet PDF, supposedly so portable, cant be used. 

                                                               

                                                              Perhaps you have heard of MS Word?  It can import and edit PDFs, but Indesign cannot?

                                                              • 28. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                                Well, if Word does the job you want use it. Yes, seriously. PDF is not for editing in this way. InDesign's editing tools cannot express the full flexibility of what might be in a PDF, and would have to streamline or simplify. Word users may not care. Most InDesign users would.

                                                                • 29. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                  Zhiyong Peng Level 1

                                                                  Why do you need to use Indesign open PDFs file? You can use acrobat to open it.

                                                                   

                                                                   

                                                                  Zhiyong Peng

                                                                  • 30. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                    Zhiyong Peng Level 1

                                                                    Then you use word to operate PDFs.why do you need Indesign to open PDFs directly then?

                                                                    Have you seen any printing house to print book by using microsoft word?

                                                                     

                                                                     

                                                                     

                                                                    Zhiyong Peng

                                                                    • 31. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                      craigs98097117 Level 1

                                                                      Look forget microsoft word or acrobat unless you think these are as good and capable as InDesign. if you read my post what i am saying is this:

                                                                      in our design studio we design a lot of fast turnaround items for print. we usually use illustrator for most designs which are normally 90% vector based illustrated/typographic designs...

                                                                       

                                                                      with Illustrator for the majority of designs i can just save it as a PDF from illustrator, which is a format which customers can open proofs on etc without expensive software, the printing RIP software can print PDFs perfectly, AND if in future i want to find the print file and make a few amendments or check what font was used or any changes i want... i can open this file again in Illustrator and completely edit it as i need to using all of Illustrators capabilities....

                                                                       

                                                                      Now i don't care if the PDF file saves from Illustrator is bigger than an .AI file, its easier to manage, store, edit, etc having one final file for each project, but one which i can open anywhere to view, and edit easily on my work computer, and also print on our large format printer using the roland print rip software.

                                                                       

                                                                      the point i am making is this....

                                                                       

                                                                      Illustrator can do this, save a PDF which (as someone pointed out also saves additional information making the file bigger) can be then edited again in the original program, now i don't care if this is of no use to some designers, all i know is is DEFINATLEY of use to others, and having the ability to do this it DOES NOT pose any problems to those designer who do not need/want it...

                                                                       

                                                                      now clearly InDesign is sometimes better for certain types of designs, magazines, brochures etc, I would like to be able to save a indesign project as a PDF and then open it to make small changes back in InDesign (exactly the same way i can with the other Adobe packages) , i also don't care if other people/designers can't open it in their indesign, as long as i can do that to make a small change or check some of the design elements I'm happy, and i cannot see the problem with this.

                                                                      • 32. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                        muratz07 Level 1

                                                                        All angry "lawyers(!)" please sit down and be calm.

                                                                        Yes, it is a need, so many times i face with it. We need to open pdf files with different softwares, not only for editing. Usually to see the pages seperately or choose them and use in different documents etc.

                                                                        Today i have to search nearly 20 pdf files (everyone at least 100 pages) and choose some pages inside them. Then use all of chosen ones in a new document that i have to design. ("we in press" page)

                                                                        Now. If i could open a pdf directly with indesign, i could show the pages quickly to my manager and choose some of them and save the chosen pages as jpeg files. But now, i have to show them in acrobat, write the chosen page numbers to somewhere else. Then open the pdf pages with photoshop or any other good software and make the pages jpegs. After those, again i have to open indesign and prepare my layout by placing those jpegs.

                                                                        Is this normal?

                                                                        Think, i have corel draw. I do not want to use it, i do not use it for a long time. But today i am neccesary, becouse corel draw can open a pdf in pages format and you can export directly in what format you want.

                                                                        What should i  think?

                                                                        And sooooo weird that both pdf and indesign belong to Adobe!

                                                                        • 33. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                                                                          Doesn't seem ideal. All that making notes. Why don't you finish your work (save JPEG) in Acrobat?

                                                                           

                                                                          what you describe (PDF to JPEG to place in InDesign) doesn't sound normal. Perhaps you are one of those who doesn't know you can PLACE a PDF in InDesign And who therefore wants Open to work somehow...? Sorry  I may have missed something.

                                                                          • 34. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                            Zhiyong Peng Level 1

                                                                            I wish Adobe Indesign care your manager very much...hahaha

                                                                             

                                                                            Zhiyong Peng

                                                                            • 35. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                              pardalek Level 1

                                                                              wrong person to shout at

                                                                              • 36. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                                pardalek Level 1

                                                                                Then dont use pdf and use word format. Easy.

                                                                                • 37. Re: I can't open PDF files in InDesign CS5
                                                                                  muratz07 Level 1

                                                                                  Yes. Loughing solves the problem. Yes, trying to open a pdf with indesign is so funny according to you. It seems like a clown ah? Acrobat reader can not save jpeg or any other img formats but may be you don't know what is acrobat reader. You know the acrobat in circus.

                                                                                  All funny bodies. That is a need to open a pdf and edit it. If not, why does photoshop has this skill? Does ps care my manager? Or you are smarter then all those photoshop, illustrator, corel draw etc. creators?

                                                                                  Adobe will care this and you will see it at coming versions...

                                                                                  You can kid at that time.