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Is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign


Question

So, I got this PDF magazine layout (page by page - not all pages in one document). When I place it in InDesign, I can't edit it. Can't change font or anything. I just have one object (text and pictures combined) and I can't separate it to edit one by one. I searched for solutions but it's like that is not possible at all.

When I open some of these PDF pages in Illustrator it's possible to get it separately, text and pictures, but text is separated in rows so for one short paragraph I have about 14 different rows and they are not same text body. Also, if I edit text layer - the shadow stays the same (from before my changes) so I think I can't do it with Illustrator..

My question is: is it possible to edit placed PDF file in InDesign if it was exported to PDF from InDesign. By edit I mean edit text and pictures - not only scaling PDF.

2018/05/21
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5/21/2018 3:22:00 PM

Accepted Answer

No PDFs placed into InDesign are merely linked files and like all linked files in InDesign there's no direct editing capabilities. The extent of editing is restricted to the import options when you place the file.

2017/04/14
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4/14/2017 1:09:00 AM