Tip: Use PDF2DTP to Extract Images from PDFs

Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Digital Publishing, Tip, XTensions


I’m creating an EPUB book in QuarkXPress, and the client gave me a PDF containing his suggestions along with some product images for the book. He’s not easily available, so I didn’t want bother him to re-send me the images as separate files. What to do?

I remembered that Markzware’s PDF2DTP XTension for QuarkXPress can convert a PDF into a native QuarkXPress document. In the process, it also extracts images from the PDF into separate, linked image files — in their original format and resolution!

An additional benefit of the conversion was that the client’s new paragraphs of text were ready for repurposing into the EPUB, without the messy cleanup of line breaks that normally occurs when copying text from a PDF in Acrobat.

This $199 XTension just paid for itself… (and a version is also available for InDesign)

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Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

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2 Responses to “Tip: Use PDF2DTP to Extract Images from PDFs”

  1. AndySmith Says:

    PDF2DTP is still a brilliant piece of software but Markzware don’t have any plans (as yet) to write a Quark 2015 version – as they haven’t had the demand. Perhaps readers of this site could contact them and ask them to? Email david@markzware.nl

  2. Matthias Guenther Says:

    Hi Andy, you might want to ask people in the new QuarkXPress Facebook group to vote on this: https://www.facebook.com/groups/quarkxpress/

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