IDMarkz SE released for Windows

IDMarkz SE released for Windows

Convert InDesign documents without InDesign

14. January 2022In NewsBy Karsten Risseeuw2 Minutes

Markzware conversion tools have proven themselves for many years. The switch from plug-ins to stand-alone software products has been completed. The only downer was the lack of Windows programs. IDMarkz, for example, was only available for Mac, not Windows. That is now changing with IDMarkz SE.

The key to converting InDesign documents

Markzware has just released IDMarkz SE, a Windows version of the popular IDMarkz for Mac. Windows development is new and the products are not quite the same in functionality. That is probably why there are now different versions for Mac and Windows.

IDMarkz SE converts INDD and INDT files from InDesign to IDML in no time at all. The IDML format is not only suitable for opening newer InDesign documents, for example in older InDesign versions. An IDML import is also supported by Affinity Publisher or QuarkXPress. This means that documents can also be transferred to other publishing platforms.

The conversion is easy. It doesn’t even need InDesign installed for this software to work. IDMarkz SE is a stand-alone software solution and opens InDesign files directly. The conversion to IDML takes place in no time and the result can be viewed in a preview window. There you can – as with the Mac version – scroll through the pages and get an approximate representation. In addition, the elements of the file, such as images or fonts, are evaluated and summarized as information.

From the preview, the IDML document can now be opened in various other programs. These include InDesign, XPress and Affinity Publisher.

In contrast to the Mac version, however, various other export options cannot be used at the moment. For example, there is no way to export the IDML file to JPEG, TIFF or other image formats. It is still unclear whether this functionality will be implemented in the future. The software is under development and Markzware limits itself to well-functioning solutions.

Shop IDMarkz SE

Windows users can now purchase IDMarkz SE at Kursiv. You can choose between an endless license without updates or a cheaper annual license including updates.

Create original files from PDF

Create original files from PDF

The new PDFMarkz converts PDF files to IDML - and from there to the wider world of publishing

2. June 2021In NewsBy Karsten Risseeuw6 Minutes

With the release of PDFMarkz, Markzware has said goodbye to the plug-in market. All conversion products are now available as standalone software solutions. With this change, the current conversion solutions can do a lot more than before. In addition, original software, such as InDesign or XPress, is no longer required for the tool to be used.

Sometimes PDF is the only way to get a new document

PDF is the standard for sharing documents that no longer need to be adjusted. Depending on the PDF variant, the document can be used for printing, archiving, as a form or in other ways. But what if you do have to adjust the file? What if the original file is missing or incompatible with the layout software? Then PDFMarkz helps to create a fully fledged and editable publishing file directly from a PDF file.

The conversion is simple and fast. The document – converted to IDML – is then available with a preview. The preview function is an important innovation in all of Markzware’s conversion solutions. There is a uniform user interface. After the conversion, the document is first displayed within the software. It doesn’t even need original software (XPress, InDesign …). The preview shows a simple WYSIWYG and offers some information about the document. You can also scroll through all the pages.

From here you can move on to the export of the file. Because IDML is used by XPress, InDesign and Affinity Publisher, an IDML file can be opened directly in these software solutions. Now you have an original document on a new platform! Sounds easy? It is! The conversion is reliable and fast. You actually save hours of work because you can shorten a complex redesign process for a new software platform.

The PDF conversion is not entirely trivial. There are many PDF variants and many different PDF libraries that are used by very different software solutions to generate PDF files. In some circumstances, work may still be needed on the converted document. An important difference to PDF editors, however, is this: You create an original document from a PDF document. This means that all editing functions of a layout software are available again. It is also easy to make corrections in the new original document. This is an advantage for later processing.

Different scenarios

Why would you want to convert a PDF document? Here are some areas of application:

  • The original layout is no longer available, only the PDF file.
  • The graphic artist sent Illustrator files, but I use InDesign. This was solved via PDF and PDFMarkz.
  • The customer wanted to have his Word document printed – it can now be processed professionally via PDF and PDFMarkz
  • A few design ideas should be created from a website – the basic elements of the website can now be easily adopted via PDF
  • Some documents can be made available as PDF. Illustrations, plan drawings and other elements can be imported and edited in no time via PDF.

What is being converted?

  • Object positioning
  • Object content (images are stored separately)
  • Texts
  • Colors and color palettes (including Pantone colors)
  • Font assignments
  • Linked text frames
  • Text runaround
  • Text styles
  • Tables
  • Text attributes
  • and much more!

Export options

  • PDF according to IDML
  • From IDML to XPress, InDesign, Affinity Publisher
  • PDF to PDF
  • PDF to JPG, PNG and other image formats
  • Extract the text!

Perfect for the work preparation

PDFMarkz can be installed on a workstation for work preparation without any additional licenses (e.g. for InDesign or XPress). Incoming documents are checked there and, if necessary, converted before they go into production.

Extract text

With the export options, the complete text of the PDF file can also be extracted and saved as TXT, RTF or HTML.

Generate image files

Images can also be generated from the file in no time at all. An image is generated for each page. Various formats such as JPG, TIF, GIF or PNG are available for this.

Mac first

Only the Mac version of PDFMarkz is currently available. The Windows version is expected later this year. If you buy a version now, you will automatically have access to the Windows version as soon as it appears.

In the following screenshots I took a 110 pages Scrivener file, saved as PDF, and opened it in Affinity Publisher. Scrivener is perfect for creating text documents, like manuals, books, and much more. For a more professional output, it is advisable to do this in a layout software. Of course, there is still a lot of work to do, but the initial import of all data is effortless.