IDMarkz converts InDesign documents to Affinity Publisher, XPress and other formats

IDMarkz converts InDesign documents

Standalone software converting to IDML, PDF, XPress and other formats

Markzware launched the new IDMarkz, a conversion software made to convert native InDesign documents (INDD) to a variety of other formats. This is especially usefull, if documents are only available in INDD format or no InDesign is accessible for conversino to IDML.

IDMarkz opens InDesign documents, offers a preview of all pages and several export options.

Markzware technology for conversion proves itself to be reliable over many years. Several plug-ins offer import and conversion of PDF and XPress files. Also, complex documents can be quickly converted to InDesign.

Not everyone has access to InDesign. You now can convert documents from InDesign nevertheless. Available export options are XPress, Affinity Publisher or also to IDML to be used with Viva Designer, older InDesign versions, etc.

From Adobe InDesign to Affinity Publisher

Adobe locks its customers in a subscription system. Without InDesign, you normally cannot open InDesign documents. Logically this frustrates many customers. Adobe today is in a similar position as once Quark with its protective dongle-strategy. Many ask how this deadlock will end.

IDMarkz gives users freedom to decide, which software they want to use their documents with. Quickly and easily documents can be opened and converted to a variety of other formats. Among the options is an export to the newcomer software Affinity Publisher. It works like this: Officially Affinity Publisher supports PDF import. That works quite well. If you have a PDF format, you are good. If you don’t have a PDF file, IDMarkz can generate this for you. IDMarkz also supports the IDML import as is part of current beta versions of Affinity Publisher.

As long as you have an InDesign version to create a PDF or IDML document with, you need no IDMarkz. However, if you only have an INDD file, you can’t do anything with it, except you have IDMarkz. It works like this: Open the INDD file in IDMarkz. Export to Affinity Publisher. That’s all! Affinity Publisher is automatically started in the background and the converted file is opened in Affinity.

Export to image formats

IDMarkz also offers several export options to image formats. It is easy to generate a series of preview images directly from an INDD file, without having InDesign installed.

Convert publishing documents to InDesign in the blink of an eye

Convert publishing documents in the blink of an eye

PDF to InDesign? No problem. InDesign to XPress? Works!

Once there and back again

Convert publishing documents. Of course, XPress, InDesign, VivaDesigner or Affinity Publisher have their own document formats. But they are no longer isolated solutions. Today, there are good conversion solutions that allow documents from one program to be opened in another program.

The best tools come from Markzware and can be purchased directly here on the Kursiv website.

Q2ID converts XPress documents to InDesign
ID2Q Converts InDesign Documents to XPress
PDF2DTP converts any PDF document to InDesign

After the conversion a new original moment is available. For example, if you open a document from QuarkXPress using Q2ID in InDesign, an original InDesign document will be available at the end of the conversion process (in no time at all). This document can be modified, adapted, saved and reused as if it were a regularly created InDesign document.

Before / After

XPress documents can be opened in InDesign and immediately processed as genuine InDesign documents (Q2ID). The comparison picture below shows a document: Left in XPress and right converted to InDesign.

What can one (not) expect from conversions?

Conversions are never 100% identical. This has nothing to do with conversion, but with the fact that publishing programs are not 100% identical. The interpretation of the same information and settings is approximately the same, but there may (may not) be differences. For example, what are the settings for text wrapping? Which special functions in one program are not supported in the other? What is the font width of a font? Are the settings rounded differently between different programs and is there therefore a word that no longer fits on the page?

Conversion solutions, however good they may be, cannot be used to constantly move documents back and forth. They are not suitable for the graphic designer working in InDesign, but the customer in XPress, and for moving the data back and forth in different formats.

Conversion software is designed to convert standing types or make one-time conversions. One saves the work, so to speak, from one program to the next software. Documents should then be checked and only then used. The experience of many years shows that you get amazingly close to the original document. That’s why a lot of precious time is saved.

Those who use conversion solutions have probably already earned back the costs with the first job. The only alternative would be to rebuild a document from scratch. But if you don’t have all the images, but only one PDF file, for example, you can’t simply rebuild a document. With PDF2DTP, however, such a document can be easily converted and embedded images are exported cleanly and are then available again in InDesign.

Affinity Publisher and InDesign

Affinity Publisher and InDesign

How can you successfully transfer documents?

Layoutsoftware has long been dominated by Adobe InDesign. That could be changing. The new Affinity Publisher by the english company Serif is a new star in the publishing arena. The modern layout software can be an interesting alternative to InDesign. How can you transfer documents between the two?

A complete publishing suite

Affinity Publisher is the third product in the affinity series. After Affinity Designer (as: Illustrator) and Affinity Photo (as: Photoshop), now the official version of Affinity Publisher (as: InDesign) has been released. These products are modern, fast and very well integrated. Many users love the absence of a subscription system and full versions of each product can be purchased below CHF 50 each. Has there ever been such a unique and complete publishing system for this price?

Can one trust the newcomer?

Well, the english company Serif is not a newcomer. They published many software products, but their focus has been on private and semi-professional users mostly. The new products in the Affinity series are the new focus on professional solutions and professional users, as many publications already testify.

Unique is their document format. The same format is used for all three applications. Different endings help to start up a specific application, but the real highlights are shown in Affinity Publisher, where you can change the interface within the application to either Designer or Photo to work with vector illustrations or Photos directly. The new Studio-Link technology creates a complete new and much more natural approach to publishing.

The document structure within the Affinity series is revolutionary. But what about the data exchange with with products from Adobe, Quark, Viva or others?

From Adobe InDesign to Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher has quite a good working PDF-import. Imported PDF documents are converted to editable Publisher documents. It does not mean there might not be hickups here or there, but who works with basic functions, also supported by the PDF format as well as by Affinity Publisher, might be surprised to see how easy it is to transfer PDF files to the new Publisher environment. PDF files thus are the way to transport other publishing documents to Affinity Publisher.

From Affinity Publisher to Adobe InDesign

Conversions from Affinity Publisher to Adobe InDesign also work. You need, however, and additional plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Markzware offers the great PDF2DTP, which converses PDF files reliably to InDesign. Embedded files are extracted and will be saved in sub folders automatically. The way this works is quite similar to the conversion of InDesign to Affinity Publisher.

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PDF2DTP can be ordered directly at Kursiv:

PDF to InDesign

CHF 240.00

PDF2DTP is a plug-in for InDesign which opens PDF-files and instantly converts them to fully editable InDesign documents. Create new originals from PDF documents! Use PDF as an intermediate format between for example Word, Excel – even webpages – to create professional InDesign documents. Yearly subscription including all versions, updates and new releases.

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PDF2DTP for Adobe InDesign

“PDF2DTP” for InDesign opens up completely new horizons for publishing. For the first time it is possible to convert PDF documents to editable InDesign documents – completely reliable and extremely fast. It does not matter where those PDF documents come from. Use it as a tool to import and convert PDFs originating in Word, XPress or even Websites!

PDF2DTP for InDesign is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign. The yearly subscription gives you continuous access to all new versions during the course of your subscription.

  • Plug-In for InDesign on Mac
  • Plug-In for InDesign on Windows
  • Available as a yearly subscription including all versions, upgrades and new releases
  • Current list of all supported formats (Markzware)

Never before it was that simple to use PDF as a source to create a fully editable new publishing document. In your creative workflow, you now can just import any PDF and instantly create a new original InDesign document. It is much more comfortable to edit an InDesign document, get rid of some errors, than output to PDF again, as using a PDF editing tool.

When converting a PDF file, the plug-in generates a job folder. Images from the PDF-file are extracted and saved into that job folder, together with the newly created InDesign document. It feels like simply opening a native InDesign file. It’s that simple and intuitive! Color-definitions are copied, texts can be edited, etc.

PDF2DTP for InDesign also is a great help if the original files are no longer available, to create new originals from a PDF. If you need to get a proper publishing document where the customer delivers a Word file, just export the Word file to PDF, then use this plug-in to convert it to a regular InDesign document.

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PDF2DTP now available for Adobe InDesign CC 2019

PDF2DTP now also available for Adobe InDesign CC 2019

Markzware just released their newest version of PDF2DTP, which now can be used with Adobe InDesign CC 2019 as well. All subscribers can download this newest version directly through their personalized download URL.

PDF2DTP is a conversion tool for Adobe InDesign. With it, PDF-files can be converted in regular editibale InDesign files. Once installed, the plug-in allows the user to open PDF-files as if they were InDesign files. The opened file is then already converted to a fully editable InDesign file, which can be saved, enhanced and used just as any other InDesign file.

New in this version is an option to include PDF comments in the conversion, as well as text-markings (strike through, underline, etc.) as can be created with PDF editors. Also Markups like symbols can be converted and included in the InDesign document.

FlightCheck now supports QuarkXPress 2018

FlightCheck now supports QuarkXPress 2018

FlightCheck preflights publishing documents for possible errors

Markzware just released an update for FlightCheck. The preflighting software added support for QuarkXPress 2018 documents. These can now be preflighted and also collected for archival or delivery purposes.

FlightCheck checks publishing files on (possible) errors, generates reports and shows pages and objects where these errors occur. FlightCheck is an indispensable tool to secure and standardize your professional workflow, starting from the moment you accept documents for further processing. FlightCheck preflights native documents as well as output documents and thus also secures all your output needs.

Supported file formats

• InDesign (v1.9 – CC 2018)
• QuarkXPress (v3.1 – 2018)
• Acrobat PDF (v3.0 – CC 2018)
• Illustrator (v6.0 – CC 2018)
• Photoshop (v4.0 – CC 2018)
• PageMaker (v4.2 – v7.x)
• FreeHand (v7.0 – v11.x)
• Word (2000 – 2002)
• CorelDRAW (v8.0 – v9.x)
• and more…

FlightCheck is available as a perpetual license or as a cheap yearly subscription.


If you have a current version (subscription or version 7.90) you can download the latest update using your original personalized download link.

FlightCheck supports Adobe CC 2017

FlightCheck now supports Adobe CC 2017


Markzware has just released FlightCheck 7.80 for macOS with added support for Adobe CC 2017 including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Current subscription holders can visit their License Link to get immediate access to the upgrade. Or purchase the subscription now and get access to a year's worth of upgrades.

FlightCheck secures your output, checks incoming files and keeps your workflow on a high quality level. Avoid problems resulting from missing elements, false colors, and much more. FlightCheck does both preflighting and post-flighting and supports all major document formats, including EPS, PDF and PDF-X.




ID2Q supports QuarkXPress 2016

ID2Q has been updated

ID2Q just has been upgraded to support the latest version of QuarkXPress 2016. The XTension now runs in the newest version of this layout software. ID2Q allows you to import InDesign documents directly into QuarkXPress, after which is becomes a native XPress-document.

ID2Q is one of several software solutions to convert publishing documents into another format. If you have a subscription, just download the latest version through the personalized links you received at time of delivery.




Q2ID now supports XPress 2016

Q2ID now supports XPress 2016

Documents from QuarkXPress 2016 now can be converted to the newest version of Adobe InDesign. Subscribers to the Creative Cloud can use Q2ID to quickly and effortlessly convert QuarkXPress documents and turn them into native InDesign documents.

Q2ID is one of the unique and reliable software tools from Markzware. As a plug-in for InDesign you can open XPress documents right in InDesign as if they already were InDesign documents. The conversion is on-the-fly. Once opened you can save the document from InDesign with any name.

Converting XPress documents to InDesign is simple. Q2ID comes as a software subscription which includes all versions and upgrades for an entire year. The delivery is with a set of personalized download links which allow you to download any version you need for Mac or Windows and any update which becomes available for the duration of your subscription. If you already have a subscription for Q2ID, you can download this latest update from the links delivered to you.



Free: ID Util from Markzware

ID Util

ID Util is a free and interesting utility from Markzware, available for Mac Users directly in the App Store.

Drag-and-drop InDesign files onto the utilities window and immediately get some infos about the file. Documents can be previewed, printed and exported – as far as some settings for previews in the documents have been set beforehand. ID Util works without the need to run a full version of InDesign.

The tool can be downloaded here: