How to convert Adobe Indesign, QuarkXpress, or Microsoft Publisher documents between each other

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Printed materials.With a desktop publishing software you can create really great looking printed materials. There exist at least two dozen of desktop publishing programs available on the market, but the largest market share is probably owned by Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher and QuarkXpress.

All three options are great programs on their own, each with their pros and cons and all have their own proprietary and closed formats. This unfortunately mean that if you have library of documents created in one program its very hard to convert them for use in another. So what can you do, if you want or need to migrate between programs these?

If you do not want to manually remake all your older documents to newer program you can use one of the specialized website services to do the conversion for you, but this can be very costly.

But there is also another choice. A set of commerical plugins and Xtensions from Markzware that add support for more desktop publishing formats to your program. The conversion is not 100% accurate, but it is probably the best you can currently get. All plug-ins are pretty expensive, but if the library you need to convert is large, it will be pretty cost-effective compared to expensive online services where you pay for each single document.

Q2ID boxHow to convert QuarkXpress documents to Adobe InDesign

To convert QuarkXpress documents (.QXP) to Adobe InDesign (.INDD) format you need to get  Q2ID plugin from Markzware. Q2ID (QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign) is an Adobe plug-in for InDesign CS4, CS5 & CS5.5. It allows you to open *.xqp files in Adobe InDesign and save it to its default *.indd format.
 

PUB2ID boxHow to convert Microsoft Publisher documents to Adobe InDesign

There is another plugin from Markzare - PUB2ID, that allows conversion of Microsoft Publisher documents (.PUB) to Adobe InDesign (.INDD) format. This plugin add support for Microsoft Publisher 2002 to 2010 to Adobe Indesign CS4, CS5  & CS5.5. It works very much like the previous plugin.
 

ID2Q boxHow to convert Adobe InDesign documents to QuarkXpress

If you look for a way to convert Adobe InDesign (*.INDD) documents to QuarkXpress (*.QXP) projects, there is another plugin from Markzware called ID2Q. This Xtension for QuarkXpress 8 & 9 allows you convert INDD files to QXP through Utilities → Convert InDesign Document menu option in the main program Window.
 

How to convert Adobe InDesign documents to Microsoft Publisher

Tough luck here. There is no such plugin from Markzware. However, there is a somewhat lengthy way to convert Adobe InDesign (.INDD) files to Microsoft Publisher (.PUB files), but the results are not guaranteed. The more complex document the worse the outcome.

  1. Export your Adobe InDesign document to PDF through the File → Export → PDF option
  2. Now convert the PDF file to Microsoft Word DOCX format. This can be done through some online conversion service, such as ZAMZAR.
  3. Now open the DOCX file in Microsoft Publisher and save it to PUB format.

Related software and links:

Adobe InDesign icon

Adobe InDesign    Microsoft Windows platform
Professional desktop document publishing software from Adobe

 
Adobe InDesign for Mac icon

Adobe InDesign for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Mac version od Adobe's popular document designing and publishing software

 

ID2Q (InDesign to Quark)    Microsoft Windows platform
QuarkXpress Xtension that adds support for Adobe InDesign formats.

 

ID2Q (InDesign to Quark) for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
QuarkXpress for Mac Xtension that adds support for Adobe InDesign formats

 
Microsoft Publisher icon

Microsoft Publisher    Microsoft Windows platform
A desktop publishing application included in Microsoft Office

 

PUB2ID (Publisher to InDesign)    Microsoft Windows platform
A plugin for Adobe InDesign that add support for Microsoft Publisher files

 

PUB2ID (Publisher to InDesign) for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A plugin for Adobe InDesign for Mac that add support for Microsoft Publisher files

 

Q2ID (Quark To InDesign)    Microsoft Windows platform
A plugin for Adobe InDesign that add support for QuarkExpress files

 

Q2ID (Quark To InDesign) for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
A plugin for Adobe InDesign for Mac that add support for QuarkExpress files

 
QuarkXPress icon

QuarkXPress    Microsoft Windows platform
A design software used to create rich documents for web or print

 
QuarkXPress for Mac icon

QuarkXPress for Mac    Apple macOS / Mac OS X platform
Software fro document design and publishing

 
ZAMZAR - Free Online File Conversion icon

ZAMZAR - Free Online File Conversion    On-line services platform
A web application that offers huge file conversion capability

 

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