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InReview: ID Util

ID Util is a powerful and free app for Mac users that allows you to preview and package InDesign documents and related assets—without needing InDesign.

InDesign Magazine Issue 90: InDesign Nightmares
This article appeared in Issue 90 of InDesign Magazine.

ID Util is a free Mac OS application by Markzware that allows you to see InDesign previews, styled story content, linked images, and used fonts—even if you don’t have InDesign! You might think the fact that it’s free means its usefulness is limited, but I’m happy to tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth!

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Jamie McKee

Jamie McKee

Jamie McKee has been designing books/journals and setting type for over 20 years, getting his start at Indiana University Press. His clients still include Indiana, as well as Duke University Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, and University of Wisconsin Press. You can find out more about him at mackeycomposition.com.
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    • It happens in our office all of the time, Diane. I create documents in InDesign, but the people that I work with for creating content do not have it. We often will reuse page layouts, or portions of text from an earlier document when we are drafting something new–if I haven’t created a PDF from the InDesign file, they can’t find the item they are looking to reuse.

      I have only been with this firm for about 4 months, and there are a large number of documents in our files that were never converted to PDF by my predecessors. I probably get at least one request to create a PDF from an InDesign file weekly. I really wish this app would work on Windows machines…

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