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Can you import an .odt document into Adobe Indesign?

asked 2017-09-14 04:55:24 +0100

waltl gravatar image

Dear Friends, I am trying to import a manuscript for a book into Indesign . Has anyone had any experience doing that? I can convert it to a Word document, but is there a way to do it directly and preserve the formatting? Thanks for your help -Walt

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answered 2017-09-21 16:52:16 +0100

Andreas1974 gravatar image

In InDesign you just put the cursor in the main textframe and "place" the file (ctrl+d). There is no odt filter for InDesign as far as I know, but if you save a copy of your file as Word (.doc or .docx) it should work fine by default. Fonts and styles, such as alignment are kept intact.

(I made a screen shot of the settings dialogue, but since I'm new here (I created a user just to answer this), I'm not allowed to upload the image.)

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answered 2017-09-15 12:12:26 +0100

Bedsheets gravatar image

You could try exporting it as a PDF then opening it in Design. This should work

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This is not a good idea, even if it works. It's a valid answer to the question, but you have obviously not understood the purpose of InDesign or the circumstances that the thread starter is explaining. The thread starter has a manuscript in LibreOffice writer, that he or she wants to import into InDesign. It would be meaningless to import it as a PDF, and with a print ready PDF from Writer you might as well not use InDesign at all. The text of the PDF would not be editable in InDesign.

Andreas1974 gravatar imageAndreas1974 ( 2017-09-21 17:55:47 +0100 )edit

answered 2017-09-14 07:33:10 +0100

robleyd gravatar image

A quick web search suggests the answer is no.

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But the answer is really yes. As indicated by one of the page 1 search results in the web search above, "Supported file formats for InDesign CS5 - Adobe Systems", Word (which the thread starter asked about) is a supported file format for the Place command in InDesign. It works fine.

Andreas1974 gravatar imageAndreas1974 ( 2017-09-21 18:05:56 +0100 )edit
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