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InReview: PDF2ID

This article appeared in Issue 131 of InDesign Magazine.

This trusty plug-in for converting pdf files to editable InDesign documents can get you out of a tough spot.

In an ideal world, when a client wants you to edit an old layout they give you the InDesign file, along with all the images and graphics used in that file. But we don’t live in such a design paradise. It’s more than likely your client won’t have the original document. Maybe they mislaid or deleted it, or maybe an external designer prepared the layout and didn’t provide your client with the original InDesign file. So in many cases, you may have only the final PDF as your starting point.

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Steve Caplin
Steve Caplin is a freelance designer, illustrator, and speaker at CreativePro Week 2018. His YouTube channel 2-Minute Photoshop is a growing, free library of Photoshop techniques, each just two minutes long. Steve makes unlikely furniture in his spare time, which you can see at, and you can find out more about him (and even read his 1,000- word short stories) at
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