New PDF-to-InDesign Plug-In Announced

I’m getting caught up from the flood of Macworld, and I wanted to highlight a few gems I found at the show. My first discovery of the week was a new PDF to InDesign conversion plug-in from Recosoft. They were demoing the plug-in live on the show floor and I was impressed with the results. The plug-in runs inside InDesign and converts a PDF into an editable InDesign layout. The conversion results will of course be constrained by how the original document was designed and how the PDf was created, but even their beta build showed off quite well.

In a perfect world, you would always have access to all original source files. In lieu of perfection, this new plug-in might save your butt. Recosoft says they’ll ship this plug-in in Q2 2007 for Mac and Windows users.

So I’m curious, have any of you needed a solution like this? Anxious to get your hands on this plug-in?

5 Responses to New PDF-to-InDesign Plug-In Announced

  1. Mark Larson says:

    There have been many times where such a plug-in would have been advantageous for me. I can’t say that it is a common, daily issue, but there have been plenty of times where I needed such a conversion. One page items aren’t generally a problem since they can be opened in Illustrator, but I have one particular multi-page PDF that is missing its source files. It would be a good way to recover that material to InDesign.

  2. L. Thomas Martin says:

    Yes, I’ve needed a solution like this when jobs that have been contracted out are brought in house. Usually, the manager who originally ordered the job has neglected to get source files from the artist and the job has to be re-built.LTM

  3. Steve Werner says:

    Adam,Sandee Cohen posted about the plug-in on last week and drew lots of interest:

  4. Michael Jahn says:

    Now if they could only get them to build a plug-in for InDesign that made a PDF file that did not use composite fonts ![I’m sure you know that CID encoding has been minimized in InDesign CS2, but I’m not holding my breath for the world to settle on a single Roman language. In the interim, you of course can wait for clonescript vendors to catch up to old versions of PostScript or you can rely on true Adobe PostScript! 🙂 -Adam]

  5. As far as designers are concerned I completely agree with the first two posts; this can be very useful for recovering jobs that have lost their roots.On he other hand, there will be substantial need for self-discipline… I’d hate to imagine “untrained” print service providers who may see in a plug-in like this a means to “make a PDF print” by opening it in InDesign. I have seen so many, too many, let’s put it this way, “experimental” approaches to get a job printed that this makes me feel uneasy.I really cannot wait to see how it really works. I have doubts about flattened transparencies, dowsampled images and their resolution, text threading, etc…- Rufus