Markzware (http://www.markzware.com), the leading developer of data extraction and conversion software and inventor of preflighting, released an upgrade to its highly recommended conversion tool PUB2ID for InDesign CS3 and CS4. PUB2ID v2 (Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign) is a plug-in that enables users to convert native-application Microsoft Publisher files (MS Publisher versions 2002 through 2007) to Adobe InDesign while preserving the content, as well as the styles and formatting.
"Markzware's mission is to make it easier for the creators and printers to work with the applications they are comfortable with so users can seamlessly integrate these valuable products into their existing workflow," said Mary Gay Marchese, public relations of Markzware.
A Simple Two-Click Process:
The Adobe InDesign user simply clicks on "File" in the toolbar, then "Open," and selects the Microsoft Publisher file for conversion. This simple two-step process initiates the conversion and opens the document in Adobe InDesign, saving graphic artists, prepress and printing professionals countless hours that would otherwise be spent recreating the document from the ground up.
Dave Matthews, who heads up the prepress department for Progressive Printing said, ?We have around 10-percent of our customers who use [Microsoft] Publisher. The PUB2ID plug-in has allowed me to stop booting up the PC for that one job per week? PUB2ID makes it very easy to deal with these files from customers? [It] was a great investment and paid for itself in the first week; because I had a big book to deal with, and if I didn?t have the PUB2ID plug-in, I would probably still be working on that book!?
Joe Phillips, Minuteman Press expressed, "One of the few programs that I have used that actually works the way I was told it would." Phillips continues, "Unlike every other conversion program we have used, there was no lengthy and complex process to convert the file. You simply open the file as if it were an InDesign file. It is almost as if the file were sent to you with the wrong file extension."
Graphic artist Davina Sauer said, "Worked great! It brought everything over, including the layout, fonts, graphics, and formatting. If a font was not installed on my system it would tell me what it was so I could load it. The best part was that everything was still editable, from the fonts to the graphics and layout."
The conversion is enabled with a single click using the InDesign File->Open menu. No more re-creating documents from scratch; PUB2ID gives users a big head-start.
Markzware's PUB2ID v2 is available from Software House International (SHI), Software Spectrum, Programmers Paradise, MacConnection, CDW and through Markzware Direct Sales at (800) 300-3532, or at Markzware's online store, http://www.markzware.com/pub2id/. The MSRP is $199 and the upgrade is $99 for PUB2ID v1.x users. For more information please visit http://www.markzware.com/pub2id/.