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How to convert an InDesign document to Word
Is there any easy/reliable way to convert an InDesign document to Word format?

The reason I'm asking is because our salespeople have log sheets that list info pertaining to their advertisers that have been managed by my department in the past. I'd like to convert them to Word format for sales so they can manage them on their own. Up until a couple of years ago they didn't have computers of their own ( :embarrassed:), that was the reason we took care of the log sheets for them.

I've tried exporting the document as a PDF and then converted it to Word using Zamzar.com but the conversion wasn't perfect. I can just clean up the .doc I got from Zamzar but a cleaner conversion would be good if anyone knows of a better option.

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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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You should be able to open the PDF in Acrobat and "save as" a word file from there.
What version of Acrobat do you have?
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Also you can export it as Rich Text out of Indy and then import that into Word. No guarantees on how it comes out though. :laugh:
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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You should be able to open the PDF in Acrobat and "save as" a word file from there.
What version of Acrobat do you have?


9 pro. I'll try that.

Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Oh dear, that didn't work so well.

In other news ...

I see DCS is back!  :banana:

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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Oh dear, that didn't work so well.

In other news ...

I see DCS is back!  :banana:


Yep, how are you, sir? Still pulling your own teeth?
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Haha... we're doing a revised consent form for my wife's work (drug testing, imagine the score here on b4p if there was a random call-in...  :rolleyes: ). She wanted a Word file as well. So after PitStopping the changes, also saved As a Word file.
But I sent it to her without opening to see if it 'worked'.   :wife:
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?


This file started out in PageMaker and was converted to InDesign. My boss is going to redo the log sheets in Excel. I'm not familiar with Excel myself.

Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Oh dear, that didn't work so well.

In other news ...

I see DCS is back!  :banana:


Yep, how are you, sir? Still pulling your own teeth?


I'm good, still feeling slight effects of the tooth rip though. :wink:

Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?


This file started out in PageMaker and was converted to InDesign. My boss is going to redo the log sheets in Excel. I'm not familiar with Excel myself.

Holy cow. RageMaker to InDesign to Word. Now there's a 2 point reversal for ya! As an old boss of mine used to say, "Just push a button. That's why you prepress guys make the good money," as he walks away grumbling something about stupid computers and how things used to be better with film.
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?


This file started out in PageMaker and was converted to InDesign. My boss is going to redo the log sheets in Excel. I'm not familiar with Excel myself.

Holy cow. RageMaker to InDesign to Word. Now there's a 2 point reversal for ya! As an old boss of mine used to say, "Just push a button. That's why you prepress guys make the good money," as he walks away grumbling something about stupid computers and how things used to be better with film.


Sounds like Malwick.
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?


This file started out in PageMaker and was converted to InDesign. My boss is going to redo the log sheets in Excel. I'm not familiar with Excel myself.

Holy cow. RageMaker to InDesign to Word. Now there's a 2 point reversal for ya! As an old boss of mine used to say, "Just push a button. That's why you prepress guys make the good money," as he walks away grumbling something about stupid computers and how things used to be better with film.


Sounds like Malwick.

Emm, errr, nooo, Not him. But tell me more! Have our paths crossed somewhere?! :blank:
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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I've had pretty good luck with the Acro to Word conversion. What kind of word file do you have?
I noticed you said it was a log file, does it look like an Excel file with cells or what?


This file started out in PageMaker and was converted to InDesign. My boss is going to redo the log sheets in Excel. I'm not familiar with Excel myself.

Holy cow. RageMaker to InDesign to Word. Now there's a 2 point reversal for ya! As an old boss of mine used to say, "Just push a button. That's why you prepress guys make the good money," as he walks away grumbling something about stupid computers and how things used to be better with film.


Sounds like Malwick.

Emm, errr, nooo, Not him. But tell me more! Have our paths crossed somewhere?! :blank:


I used to work for him a long time ago. Is he still at Heritage? Yes, our paths have crossed many times in the last few months. Do you wanna guess, or should I just tell you?
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Re: How to convert an InDesign document to Word
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Oh dear, that didn't work so well.

In other news ...

I see DCS is back!  :banana:


Yep, how are you, sir? Still pulling your own teeth?


I'm good, still feeling slight effects of the tooth rip though. :wink:


Good to hear, sir. Still regretting it?
Bates  •  Vorhees  •  Meyers  •  Krueger  •  Hobbs  •  Lecter  •  Dollarhyde  •  Bateman  •  Gumb  •  Doe  •  Morgan •  Todd •  Kevin •  DCS •  Kasem

"Does it really matter? There's shit in the meat and we're all pink inside. Live a little..." The Gnub

"I look forward to the sweet release of death..." Dave, on behalf of all Prepress

Member #285 • OG PH8 • Award-Winning • Population Control Enthusiast • Master of Freehand Jobs • Hater of All • Prodigy of Addition & Subtraction