Opening InDesign Files in Affinity Publisher



if you are looking for a low cost alternative to InDesign and you still want to have all those features and the ability to open up InDesign files maybe affinity publisher is for you I am welcome to I pixel designer my name is Paul C and I'm going to show you today how we can take those published files for InDesign and how we can open those up in affinity publisher and start working on them I've gone ahead and jumped over into affinity publisher now this is the 1.7 beta so it's not the actual final release that's due out in the next week or so but pretty much everything should still be in place so as I've said at the beginning of the video is one thing we can't really do at the moment a nice import InDesign files no matter which format we save them out in however we can do it if we save them as a PDF so saving your file straight out of InDesign into a PDF file like you normally would for print makes it accessible inside affinity publisher so let me just show you how this works what I've got is I've got a project open and as you can see it's PDF and I've got the InDesign file if I try to open the InDesign file I'll get a warning saying this isn't supported so we can click close on me however if we come back and open up exactly the same file from PDF drop that in we now get a dialog box that allows us to go through with specify how we want to import this particular file so you can see we can load all the pages we can pull in the entire published file or we can load specific pages if we only want to access certain pages throughout the document so whichever option applies to you you can choose that next up we've got the DPI this allows us to choose what resolution we want to import in that so you can see at the moment it says estimate however if we want to we can go through and specify various different formats obviously if you go for print you want to work for something like 300 plus to make sure you get good quality especially if you're dealing with photographs and images however I'll leave it to estimate for this example so next we have the color space of the doctor that we're trying to open now you can see at the moment this is using CMYK if this is a print document that's perfectly fine however if you have a different option you may be working full screen or you may work into output to print but it's just the printed word and you have no colors you can just choose anything you want for this list great RGB or CMYK and again the same as the DPI we've got the estimate option so we look at the document and see what it thinks is the right color space to open this up in so that's pretty cool next we've got favour editable text over fidelity so if you want to make sure that your text is editable as possible you can check that box and then we have group lines of text into text frames so these are options that are optional based upon what you're trying to do when you open this document down I'll leave those as they are I'm gonna click OK once we've done that within a second you can see it automatically opens up tells us that affinity publisher has assigned a particular profile in this example the us web coated swop of version 2 so it's apply that color profile to this that's fine click close on there what we can see is each of these now is an individual page in our document but what I want as I want them to have them as spreads or facing pages so how do we go about getting around that well a finicky publisher makes it very easy you see now we've got the document open we've got three buttons at the top of our screen on the left hand side document setup spread setup and preferences if we commit the document setup and open that you can see we've got the ability to choose facing pages under the Layout tab if I choose that I can now arrange these horizontally and I can say which side of the spread do I want the start page on the right hand side or the left hand side there are various different reasons why you may want to choose this by default you're probably gonna err on the side of go for the right which is what you'd normally expect but you have the option available if you don't want to go with our default so we're gonna click on OK and you see that immediately updates and now shows us in both the pages sections on the left hand side and in the main window our entire document all later the way we want with the spread said there with the facing pages with a title page on the right hand side all set up directly inside affinity publisher now when that document imported if we take a look on the right hand side underneath the layers section your sealer shows all the component elements for a particular page if we choose an alternative page that will immediately update insures all the various different components that make up that particular page so we can enable and disable anything we want the pages you can see we can just enable/disable everything we want across my entire spread the text everything so we have full control over all the different layers on there all directly inside affinity publisher so as you can see it pulls in the PDFs created from InDesign and allows you to go through now and start editing and working and doing whatever we want to those files with pretty much everything in text now like I said the top of this video this is still the beta version the final version is do very soon so it'd be great to hope that they'll bring out the ability to import directly from InDesign however this is a good workaround for this point in time just save it out from InDesign pull in the PDF and you can start working on those documents inside affinity publisher so there we go that's how we can take published files of InDesign and open those up in affinity publisher now can you see yourself using affinity publisher could you see yourself using this to replace InDesign in your workflow if you couldn't let me know in the comment section below what are you pros and cons for this and what are the things that you need to have in place before you could look at making that switch over I'd love to get your feedback on this so please use a comment section below well as always – being policy this has been AI pixel design and until next time take care

12 thoughts on “Opening InDesign Files in Affinity Publisher

  1. Definitely need a way to import .ind files as there's loads of ready made templates to be had out there which aren't in pdf format. Though I wonder if there will be a snag with Adobe wanting to prevent their files being opened, as this will probably sign the death knell for ID if we could.

  2. Thank you for this video. I have been working in INDESIGN for years and have hundreds of INDESIGN files. I m hoping they come up with a direct import from the INDESIGN and I will make the switch from Adobe in a second. (It would be labor intensive to make all my old files into PDFs).

  3. Thanks Paul….. I’m one of your subscribers from WPTuts. Glad to see you’re covering print, too, for us “dual designers”. 🙂

  4. Paul, you are the king of getting to the point and making it fast and easy…. Thank you. I have deleted all my Adobe software and bought all of Affinities! Even the T Shirt!

  5. New sub. Thanks VERY much for this tutorial! Was hoping that I could potentially move ALL of my InDesign docs to Affinity. You got me started.

  6. Good Morning

    Congratulations on the very good channel.

    I recently acquired Affinity Photo and Designer and am interested in Affinity Publisher, but I have a question. In the Publisher demo videos I have not seen the Person Dissolve, Persona Export, and the other Photo and Designer panels. Through Publisher is it possible to access the Affinity Photo and within the Photo access the Persona Dissolver for example?

    I wanted to download Test Publisher, but I only have one link to buy.

    Sorry for English, but I'm using Gooogle Translator.

    Thank you

  7. Thanks Paul. I am shifting away from all the CS apps to the Affinity stable, and starting to feel my way around Publisher. You've just eliminated one of my major concerns. You're a star.

  8. Whoooah! I am surprised Paul C has another YouTube channel and it's Affinity Creative Cloud! Damn. You're the best, Paul!.

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