Third-party plug-ins for InDesign

Add even more capability to your Adobe® InDesign® software. Look here to find the latest and greatest plug-ins from third-party developers.

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EasyCatalogCS has been designed to aid the production of catalogs, brochures, price lists, and most other types of data or design-driven publications. You've got a file, or database, and need to publish its content using Adobe InDesign CS software. How do you do it? What happens if the details in the file or database change at the last minute? What if you're using complex page designs for each record in the file or database? EasyCatalog has the answer.


Trying to find the history panel in InDesign CS? It's here! Introducing the history panel for InDesign CS — view all of the available undo and redo steps in one convenient palette. As another option, EasyHistory CS will automatically take snapshots of the current spread when the document is saved.


MultiDo is a free plug-in that allows you to perform multiple undo or redo operations in one step using new undo multiple and redo multiple menu options. The menu will dynamically update to reflect the 100 most recent operations.

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InDesign users can now benefit from using the Dieckmann method of inserting hyphenation. InDihyph offers highly accurate hyphenation and provides guidance on the best place to hyphenate in any given word. InDihyph has incorporated special algorithms to address combined and compound words, as well as new words that have evolved from common use.

InDihyph supports Adobe InCopy® CS and InCopy CS2, which makes it possible to use within editorial systems as well. InDihyph is available in more than 40 languages.


InDitect Spelling Check
InCopy and InDesign users can now benefit from the high quality of the Dieckmann method of spell-checking. InDitect uses a large internal dictionary for each language. This immense vocabulary is complemented by the specific Dieckmann algorithms for different word endings and compound words. InDitect recognizes common errors such as wrongly erroneously capitalized words and allows users to customize suggested word lists to have more or fewer correction options.

InDitect is available in more than 30 languages.

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Adobe PageMaker Plug-in Pack 1.0
Take advantage of popular Adobe PageMaker® features enhanced for InDesign CS.

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Doris32 asset management and publishing production system offers multichannel publishing for print and electronic media and brings together stories, images, graphics, and ads into a common publishing production system with tools that integrate InDesign based pagination; asset management; image management; Internet, wireless, and electronic paper publishing; archiving; ad management; and production planning and tracking.

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Prestige Content Management Systems

This product is a complete multimedia publishing system using standard relational databases.

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MadeToPrint is an international standard solution for enhancing and streamlining all output processes from within InDesign and InCopy. The plug-in offers maximum power and flexibility for automating printing and the creation of PostScript®, EPS, and PDF files. MadeToPrint is an indispensable workhorse for any publishing, graphic arts, or prepress user who processes more than five InDesign or InCopy documents a day.

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Cacidi Extreme Suite 6.0 CS2

Cacidi Extreme Suite 6.0 CS2 is a compilation of all Cacidi Extreme products needed for full scale automated production of ads, brochures, and catalogs. With Cacidi Extreme Suite CS2, you work fully integrated with InDesign, taking full advantage of the InDesign CS2 features like transparency, drop shadows, and more.


Cacidi LiveMerge 1.0 CS2

Cacidi LiveMerge 1.0 CS2 allows you to create and reuse design group objects and receive a live feed of text and images from your product database. Focus on design and layout and let Cacidi LiveMerge control the state of content in your document — live updating right in front of your eyes.


Catalog Extreme 4.0 Basic

Catalog Extreme 4.0 Basic makes it easy to create modules. Simply create the text fields, image fields, and decoration fields you need and add the graphic properties you want, such as lines, color fills, and more directly in InDesign. Save the module when you like the way it looks.


Catalog Extreme 4.0 Update

In combination with Catalog Extreme 4.0 Basic, the Update plug-in allows you to update the document after you have created it.


Catalog Extreme 4.0 PageQue

In combination with Extreme 4.0 Basic, the PageQue plug-in allows you to manually merge several pages into a complex multipage brochure or catalog.


Catalog Extreme 4.0 AutoCalc

In combination with Extreme 4.0 Basic, the AutoCalc plug-in allows you to calculate your design even for very large catalogs, price lists, phone books, and much more. Based on information in the text file from the database, the plug-in automatically allocates space on the pages.


Contactsheet Pro 2.0

Contactsheet Pro 2.0 lets you create high-quality contact sheets and picture packages that take full advantage of the color management, print, and export options in InDesign.


Q-to-InDesign Batch 2.0

Q-to-InDesign Batch 2.0 lets you automatically convert your old PageMaker and QuarkXPress files into InDesign format.


Cropmarks 2.0

Use Cropmarks 2.0 to create high-quality crop and bleed marks on one or more selected objects.

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TradingBell InCat
TradingBell Catalog Management System enables catalogers to aggregate product information and categorize, manage, and automate the publishing of product catalogs to print, the web, CD, and electronic marketplaces. TradingBell InCat is a plug-in for InDesign to manipulate the catalog information in the database, generate page layouts with populated product information, refresh updates in the database to the catalog pages, and more.


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DL Formatter
DL Formatter is a high-speed variable print solution, ideally suited for creating personalized communications in PostScript, PDF, or Personalized Print Markup Language (PPML) for production environments or web applications.

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Grid Calculator Pro Edition
Grid Calculator Pro Edition is a tool for creating professional grid-based layouts quickly and easily. For anything from business cards to magazines, this is the solution to help you achieve a winning layout! Download a free demo.

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This company offers several InDesign enhancements to automate the pagination of a Yellow Pages telephone directory.

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David Blatner's InDesign Tips
Whether you're new to InDesign or an experienced user, there is always more to learn about this incredibly rich program. InDesign guru David Blatner offers his favorite tips and tricks for getting efficient with InDesign in this new (and free!) plug-in.


Keyboard Shortcuts

The Keyboard Shortcuts plug-in was designed by David Blatner and DTP Tools to help you find and assign shortcuts quickly and easily.


Page Control 1.0

  • Resize one or every page or spread in a document individually.
  • Create landscape and portrait pages in the same document.
  • Resize master pages.
  • Automatic resizing of pages according to master page.
  • Custom pasteboard sizes.
  • Print or export to PDF retaining page sizes.
  • No new palettes; Page Control's commands are added to the InDesign Pages palette menu.

A free Page Control Reader guarantees InDesign documents containing multiple page sizes will be accessible to, and editable by, service providers and collaborators who do not have Page Control installed.


Layer Comps

Layer Comps are a convenient way to store a snapshot of certain key aspects of your documents layers.


Layer Groups

Layer Groups plug-ins allow users to sort layers into folders.

Second feature allows users to choose an entire layer as nonprinting. This way, they can easily have a layer for comments or alternative objects without the risk of getting them accidentally into print.  



The X-ray plug-in creates a palette containing a list of all InDesign panels and toolbars. Users can set desired opacity for each of them.

The list can display either all panels, or only the visible ones. Users can turn opacity on or off with a single click or hot key.


Text Count

This plug-in contains a set of tools to preflight for overset and get rid of it easily, estimate text content needed to fill empty space, fit text to frame, and count multiple text attributes in many different ranges.



Cross-References is a modular system that responds to every referencing need. It is a robust solution inspired by a similar feature in Adobe FrameMaker® software and improved, thanks to the greater flexibility of the InDesign environment, using paragraph and character styles with an XML-driven format.



History brings the fundamental history panel to the InDesign workspace.

History's undo capabilities are not limited to the current work session, and changes can be undone years after they were made. The ability to keep all document versions within one file saves storage space and bandwidth.



Tetris for InDesign is a free plug-in that allows users to play the Tetris game in the InDesign panel.

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DocsFlow marries the collaborative editing power of Google Docs to the layout power of InDesign.

With DocsFlow, you place online Google Docs documents as InDesign story contents, just like you place normal text files. But, even more importantly, DocsFlow maintains a dynamic link so it can intelligently merge Google Docs document changes into the InDesign story contents on each link update, rather than just replacing them. So you can format, lay out and make minor edits inInDesign, while you and others are editing content together in real-time onGoogle Docs, without losing any work.



InCatalog creates transparent links between your Adobe InDesign documents and your databases or spreadsheets.

You can update prices, graphics, or product information automatically—even change versions or swap languages. Once links are established by means of the easy-to-use data linker palette, changes can be made in either the document or the database. It’s fully bi-directional—changes are published in the other direction when you make an update. Linked elements can be moved between documents or libraries without losing linkage.

With InCatalog, you can rest assured—your documents will always reflect your database contents. And InCatalog works with InData for a complete publishing solution.



InData brings the full layout, design, typographic, and picture publishing power of Adobe InDesign to bear on all your data-driven repetitive publishing tasks.

Simply put, InData works like a mail merge on steroids. You create a template in a normal document, with rules that tell it how to format your text and graphics. Then, with a single menu invocation, InData builds your documents at jaw-dropping speeds—up to hundreds or even thousands of pages per hour.



InFlow provides automatic page insertion for your InDesign document. InFlow detects overset text as it occurs and creates as many new document pages as needed, linking the current text story to the new pages so text flows automatically.



Xtags is a powerful import and export text filter supporting the full QuarkXPress Tags language plus its own extended Xtags tags, for tremendous document-building and extracting power in Adobe InDesign.

With Xtags, you can build any text content with full styling, anchor and fill picture and text boxes, build and fill unanchored boxes, size picture contents to containing boxes, size boxes to content (text or picture) in various flexible ways, translate text and tags on input, use macros to reduce typing, apply master pages and spreads, and more.

For output, Xtags will save the contents of any text story, including anchored text and picture boxes, and will also save the structure and content of any selected text, picture or group boxes.

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Portfolio 8.5 (stand-alone version)
Your digital assets at your fingertips: Thousands of graphics, photos, and other digital files to keep organized? Whip them into shape with Portfolio 8.5.


Portfolio Server 11

Creative Assets Management for Workgroups Portfolio Server 8.5 serves as the powerful hub of your creative assets management system, providing the core set of capabilities you need to keep your rich media on the move for routing to other users/departments; final delivery to clients, partners, or vendors; or secure archiving.


Suitcase for Windows

Suitcase for Windows® eliminates font problems that creative professionals face everyday. It provides industrial-strength font management for desktop and workgroup users running Windows.


Suitcase Fusion

Suitcase Fusion eliminates font problems that creative professionals face everyday. It combines the best of Suitcase and Font Reserve to provide reliable, hassle-free font management.


Suitcase Server X1

A hassle-free solution to managing fonts for your workgroup, Suitcase Server ensures consistent use of fonts, eliminates duplicate font issues, and provides license control.



Eliminate the grunt work of getting and staying organized by creating a visual database from your selected files and folders.



Suitcase provides previews, sets, and sample pages that make it easier than ever to find the right font fast.


Suitcase Auto-Activation plug-in for InDesign

The Suitcase Auto-Activation plug-in for InDesign 2.0 activates fonts in both documents and EPS images (that include embedded fonts) in your document.

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PatternStream 3 for InDesign CS2 and CS3

PatternStream 3 for InDesign is a revolutionary automated and database publishing program that provides graphic designers who use InDesign a more efficient way to acquire information from a database, XML files, and other sources for data-driven projects such as catalogs, directories, reports, reference books, and other pattern-based information for print and electronic distribution.

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InDesign Font Catalog

InDesign Font Catalog creates a visual catalog of all the fonts available to InDesign. For designers, the benefit of InDesign Font Catalog is that it creates grouped font display listings. Only the regular font is displayed entirely, and each style (bold, italic, outline, condensed, and so on) is displayed in its style in a short list below the main font display. From 3 to 15 fonts can be listed per page using the single paragraph format. A waterfall display of only 1 font per page with text samples from 8 to 72 points can also be created. Options include skipping system and non-Roman fonts, adding a title bar to the page, font sample point sizes, custom paragraph text or standard ABCabc123/Quick brown/cozy lummox, and letter or A4 page size.      


InDesign Image Catalog

InDesign Image Catalog creates an InDesign file of images/graphics from a folder. The options include number of images per page, including filename or file path; scaling images up/down; use of InDesign document presets (so you can quickly jump between several layout types); and inclusion of subfolders when placing all images, including a page heading/title. It can place most graphic formats that InDesign places: TIFF, EPS, AI, PSD, JPG, GIF, PDF (without password protection, single page or first page only), BMP, PICT.



PDF Bee simplifies single-page PDF output from InDesign. PDF Bee runs in automatic mode or single document mode. In automatic mode, PDF Bee watches a hot folder for InDesign files dropped into it, opens the file, exports a PDF file or prints a PostScript file, and then distills the PS file and copies the PDF files back to the completed files folder.

Options include exporting PDF from InDesign, printing PS file only, printing a PS file and distilling, your choice of saved PDF export presets, saved print presets, saved distiller job options files (local to the computer or not), automatically loading a fonts folder related to the InDesign file, user-defined alternate output location of the PDF files (for use with a Pitstop server or other preflight/postflight software), and reverse file naming.

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Cropster ID
Get the professional's choice for setting up on-page mechanicals. Working from a specified bleed, trim, and safety area, you can add colored guides, crop marks, dimension arrows, color bars, logos, date stamps, and more to the page. Complex fold setups can be created, complete with guides for fold and gutter marks. All settings can be saved as presets for easy recall later.


ProScale ID

The world's premier scaler for InDesign, ProScale ID has features for serious design professionals. It includes the ability to scale items and selections nonproportionally, yet keep text and graphics from distorting. It also can resize entire multipage documents in one click. All settings can be saved as presets for convenient recall.


Slugger IK

GLUON has long been the leader in slug technology. Slugger allows you to place mission-critical information and graphics automatically on each page (on a separate layer). The information is then updated automatically on Print and Save. Information used, information location, and the look and feel of slugs are fully customizable. Information can include such functions as path last saved to; last two users; time; fonts used; pictures used; colors used; and more than 20 other functions, all user-definable.

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InMath is the plug-in for real mathematical typesetting within InDesign and InCopy on Mac OS and Windows. It uses solely characters to depict equations, and it organizes all settings as styles.



The Readabilities plug-in analyzes portions of text, typically stories or articles, and calculates an objective measure for its readability or understandability. The plug-in calculates the New Dale-Chall Readability Index; more indexes are to follow soon.

Ads2Page 1.1
Ads2Page is a plug-in that transforms electronic dummies (from any ad layout system) into InDesign pages, with the ads automatically placed and updated.


News2Page 1.0
News2Page is a set of plug-ins that manage the editorial flow in the newsroom and work with InDesign and InCopy.

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This product automatically creates and maintains IPTC header information from images in text frames.



EasyPictureRes automatically shows InDesign users if images are not in a predefined resolution range.

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    J2SCatalog automatically lays out and tags information items starting from an XML data source. The InDesign XML import feature can then be used to update the document.



J2SAutodata can be used to insert the total number of pages of a document or book.


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Cool Kerning

Cool Kerning enables automatic updates of kerning values. Build kerning tables to control kerning between special character pairs. The tables are collected into packages that have a version number. The packages can be automatically distributed inside the InDesign documents so that updates are also automatically parsed in an organization, allowing greater quality assurance than other layout programs. With the Cool Kerning plug-in, use fewer designers and still take less time to get to the correct graphical results. It's all handled automatically!


Cool Tracking

Building pages that use headlines often requires manual amendment of the tracking values. Cool Tracking allows users to make tracking tables and automate the process. The use of a graph to specify the values is not new, but Cool Tracking makes it easy to store multiple tables inside packages that can be distributed throughout your organization. This technology lowers production costs dramatically and provides quality assurance on a level that no other layout program can match. It's all handled automatically!


Color Markup

Create call-out text boxes that point to color usage. The call-out boxes also point to color usage inside images. The plug-in is often used to document color usage for printers, but it also allows you to check if they mistakenly used spot colors instead of CMYK. The text in the call-out boxes can have individual colors depending on the color type (CMYK, spot, and so on.).


HPGL Import

Many users converting from PageMaker miss the ability to place HPGL images in InDesign. This plug-in lets you place HPGL files, which are automatically converted to Adobe Illustrator® files. If you make a package for a printer, the Illustrator document will be included. This allows three parties to output the document even without HPGL Import. Every time the plug-in detects a modification of the HPGL file, it will automatically regenerate the Illustrator file, so this "spinoff" version of the HPGL file is always up-to-date.


Label It

When you are proofing pages with images, it is often helpful to know the names of placed images, especially if the names include version numbers or other information. Label It allows you to automatically create text boxes on top of all images. With this dynamic solution, you can move, delete, or replace images, and the labels are automatically updated. You control the position of the labels (center, upper corner, and so on), and you can even set up an offset to the image box. If you place images at the edge of a page (for overprint purposes), you can set up a margin. This will guarantee that all image names are readable on the printout.


Scale Alert — a free plug-in

If you are interested in high-quality image output from InDesign, you might want to limit how much you scale images — both up and down. Using Scale Alert, you will see a warning every time you print the document with images scaled outside your requests. You can define scaling based on resulting DPI or percentage. This plug-in is free after registration.


Stamp It 

Put extra information in the slug area. You can collect font usage, image usage, and even a complete log of every user that has modified the document, and this plug-in will update the information automatically. You can also add version and print counters to the document, making it easy to find the latest print if you have to choose between multiple prints that have been "shuffled." Stamp It also allows you to save JPEG images of all pages in the document, instead of only the first page.


TuneIT — a free plug-in

This plug-in allows you to control iTunes directly in InDesign. You can define keyboard shortcuts for play/pause, next and previous track, and other features. You get an InDesign palette where you can select playlists and tracks. This plug-in is free after registration.

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OPI Manager
OPI Manager provides InDesign users the complete OPI workflow using HELIOS ImagesServer. Transparency, drop shadows, and other effects used with OPI layout images are processed correctly. Extra features like packaging with layout or high-resolution images and relinking all images with one click are made available through the OPI Manager palette.

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K4 and SoftCare Overset Manager and Notes Manager

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K4 Publishing System

The K4 Publishing System is a collaborative workflow system that integrates InDesign and InCopy CS or CS2 with an open and scalable SQL database that is easy to manage and a snap to administer. K4 administers users, publications, access privileges, production components, and workflow statuses, offering a true relational database management system that runs on all major platforms.


SoftCare Overset Manager

The SoftCare Overset Manager plug-in for InDesign and InCopy CS or CS2 gives you complete control over text length and text overset, enabling you to count, display, edit, and print overset text. It increases production security by warning you if the document contains overset text when you print or export a file. It is the ideal tool for anyone dealing with text-heavy files on a regular basis.


SoftCare Notes Manager

The SoftCare Notes Manager plug-in for InDesign and InCopy CS or CS2 enhances communication among users by building on the functionality of Adobe notes. An additional palette provides multiple options for sorting, filtering, and viewing notes by author, date, and content.

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PUB2ID v3 — Publisher to InDesign
PUB2ID (Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign) is a plug-in for InDesign. It provides a quick, easy, and affordable way for you to migrate Publisher content to InDesign as new InDesign documents. The file conversion is enabled with a single click using the Markzware menu item. No more re-creating documents from scratch; PUB2ID gives you a big head start in converting Publisher to InDesign.

Markzware PUB2ID translates the intricate details of the content within the Publisher document and instantly re-creates it within InDesign. Items that can be converted from Publisher to InDesign include page size, positioning, color models, fonts and styles, text attributes and tables, text flow, layers, text wrap, and linked text boxes, with automatic extraction of images embedded in the Publisher file.

PUD2ID works with InDesign CS4 or CS5 on Mac OS or Windows.


Q2ID v5 — Quark to InDesign

Q2ID (QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign) is a popular Adobe plug-in for InDesign. It provides a quick, easy, and affordable method for you to migrate content from QuarkXPress to InDesign in a new document. The data conversion is enabled with a single click using the Markzware menu item. No more re-creating documents from scratch; Q2ID does most of the layout work for you by converting QuarkXPress to InDesign.

Markzware Q2ID file conversion software provides intricate details of the content within a QuarkXPress document to be instantly re-created within InDesign. Items that can be converted from QuarkXPress to InDesign include page positioning, color models, fonts and styles, images, and text attributes as well as tables, layers, blends, runarounds, linked text boxes and anchored boxes, pantone colors, and other color models.

Q2ID works with InDesign CS4 or CS5 on Mac OS or Windows.

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The AutoPrice Plug-in provides linking of InDesign documents to any external database of information. AutoPrice is used for performing pricing updates on catalogs, retail flyers, and similar publications, as well as updating phone lists, timetables, or any other type of information that can be referenced by a key value such as a product number (SKU).



DesignMerge Pro Bundle is an award-winning suite of software designed specifically for the variable data market and now available for InDesign. Providing sophisticated mail merge, variable data printing, and data publishing features, easy-to-use DesignMerge is menu driven and works with any InDesign document.


MPS Page Printer

Page Printer for InDesign allows the user to output each page or spread of a multipage document as a separate file, with a choice of outputs, formats, and naming options. Page Printer is a valuable tool for anyone who works with third-party imposition systems or publishes PDF pages to the web. It is compatible with InDesign CS and CS2 for Mac OS.

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The DragIn pagination plug-in automatically draws text boxes for your NewsEditPro stories and pictures (including cutlines and headlines), allows you to save changes made on the page back to your NewsEditPro files, checks for updates to stories and pictures that have already been placed, and more.

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HTTPBrowser is a tab-based web, FTP, and file browser. Browse while you design and enjoy dropping the best-suited components directly into your InDesign page.

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QwikMarx is your solution for building more accurate layouts, making it easier for everyone involved to see the dimension marks onscreen or in a printout. With QwikMarx, these marks are displayed for you on the document itself. This means as an ad moves through the stages of publication, each person working on the ad has a precise understanding of what the trim, live, and bleed dimensions are, as well as what the fold dimensions are. This ensures that a person looking at the ad always has the exact dimensions of the ad, whether it has been built scaled down or printed at a reduced size.

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CopyFlow Gold
CopyFlow Gold (CFG) adds powerful page assembly capabilities to InDesign CS3. Once installed on Mac OS or Windows, CFG provides menu selections that let users import and export as many boxes of text as they want at the same time with a simple mouse click.

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MathMagic is the ultimate equation editor that meets DTP quality and productivity. MathMagic Pro is specially designed for use with InDesign for any equations and mathematical symbols.

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GoPublish is a complete publishing tool built around a browser interface and using InDesign for page layout. This system is aimed directly at those publishers who are looking for a simple, cost-effective solution that will enhance their existing workflow, not redesign it.

GoPublish stores all your advertising, editorial, and planning information and brings it together into a comprehensive, coordinated workflow. Using a built-in security model, GoPublish will mirror your organizational structure, providing different activity and access levels for all users.

Using the GoPublish palettes in InCopy CS and InDesign CS, editors and designers can now carry out true parallel workflows, and editors can have total control of their copyfitting. With its unique workflow technology, GoPublish enables writers, editors, and designers to work simultaneously on the same InDesign CS document without overwriting each other's changes, while InCopy CS streamlines editorial revision and review cycles, helping to improve the speed of prepress production.



GoGet provides automatic graphic import at your fingertips. GoGet increases the functionality and efficiency within InDesign. Use GoGet to automatically import your graphics from any given file structure. Draw your image box on the page, add the GoGet filename tag, and you're ready to import.

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Paladin Unit Converter
    Paladin Unit Converter adds a palette to InDesign that makes conversions among more than 100 units of length, volume, and weight.

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With all the functionality offered by traditional large-scale publishing systems, the Adapt system goes much further by offering newspapers the ability to smoothly migrate their existing publishing workflow to an InDesign based system.



    QuickPrint performs quality control checks to ensure that your job matches the specifications set by individual publishers and that it reproduces as intended.

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PDF2ID is a PDF document conversion tool for InDesign that converts PDF documents into a fully editable InDesign file It re-creates the intended construction and layout of the document by forming paragraphs, applying styles, regrouping independent graphic elements, extracting images, creating tables, and recovering annotations and other elements automatically.

MetaWorks is an XML-automated formatting plug-in that works with InDesign 3.0.1 or later to execute the instruction of metadata in small-scale and large-scale publishing enterprises, reducing costs and lead time.

InEventScript for InDesign CS and InCopy CS allows scripts to automatically run at key moments during application use. Events such as startup, open and close of documents, and print can all trigger the execution of the scripts you choose.


Magma Effects

Magma Effects enables you to apply various image-enhancement and stylizing effects directly to any bitmap image placed in InDesign. Enhance photos with color or white point adjustment and sharpening. Apply special effects such as star-shines, zoom-blurs, and glass distortion. Make your images stand out without ever having to leave InDesign for another application.

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Lightning Brain LayerLifter

Lightning Brain LayerLifter adds a layer context menu to page items.


Lightning Brain LikeFindsLike

Lightning Brain LikeFindLike helps you quickly select similar items that are scattered over a page or spread. Instead of having to Shift-click-click... to select some scattered frames of the same type, you can now select a single one and use this tool to select all the other similar frames in one go.


Lightning Brain TextStitch

Lightning Brain TextStitch helps the user reduce the number of clicks needed to thread and unthread multiframe text flows. Two threading methods are provided: Quick Stitch for threading frames in a user-defined order with a single mouse click per frame, and Auto-Stitch for fully automated threading of loose frames.


Lightning Brain ClipAThing

The Lightning Brain ClipAThing plug-in can access and apply embedded clipping paths from images placed in an InDesign document. ClipAThing can either scan your InDesign document or the current selection, find embedded clipping paths (such as those created in Adobe Photoshop® software), and apply these clipping paths in InDesign.


Lightning Brain ChatterGoofy

Lightning Brain ChatterGoofy emulates the functionality of the well-known Jabberwocky XTension in QuarkXPress. Compatible with Jabberwocky, it accepts exported Jabberwocky sets.


Lightning Brain ImageLibraryLoader

This plug-in allows users to select a folder and automatically fill a floating palette with any images it contains. Using ImageLibraryLoader for managing the images is much faster than attempting to place the images using conventional means, like placing them or using Adobe Bridge.


Lightning Brain Color2Gray

Lightning Brain Color2Gray allows you to convert placed color bitmap images to grayscale without modifying the original color image. The original image is not changed and remains in color, yet it is output as a grayscale image.


Lightning Brain Text Exporter

The Text Exporter plug-in allows users to export all the stories of an InDesign document into a single file. The features include:

  • Export in three different file formats: Rich Text Format, InDesign Tagged Text, and text.
  • Export stories belonging to a specified page range.
  • Exclude stories on master pages.
  • Exclude stories on the pasteboard.
  • Exclude stories based on their number of characters.
  • Sort stories based on their position on the page.


Active Page Item Developer Toolkit

Active Page Item Developer Toolkit enables rapid software development for InDesign. Create professional solutions for InDesign CS/CS2/CS3 using simple ExtendScript (JavaScript). APIDT makes ExtendScript viable for professional software development. Check out freebies for examples of what can be achieved.


Lightning Brain StoryParker

Lightning Brain StoryParker helps to manage cluttered pages. Every page item can be temporarily "parked," that is, put aside, somewhere on the pasteboard. Later on, with a single click, it can be moved back to exactly where it came from.


Lightning Brain Sudoku Generator for InDesign

If you're publishing a newspaper, magazine, or newsletter, this plug-in will enable you to generate one or more Sudoku puzzles directly in an InDesign CS or CS2 document — for example, for a puzzle page or to generate whole booklets of Sudoku puzzles. You're in control of the look and feel of the generated puzzles — and the generator takes care of actually building them for you.


Place and Scale

With Place and Scale, automatically scale placed bitmap images (photographs) up or down when placing to exactly match a preset output resolution.



Color2Gray allows you to convert placed color bitmap images to grayscale without modifying the original color image. The original image is not changed and remains in color, yet it is output as a grayscale image. The gray image will only render on the black (K) plate.


Sudoku Generator

Sudoku Generator allows you to generate one or more unique new Sudoku puzzles in an InDesign document and to generate corresponding solution pages as well — ideal for automatically generating Sudoku books.



The TextExporter scripted plug-in saves all stories of an InDesign document into a single output file. Supported output file formats are Rich Text Format (RTF), InDesign Tagged Text, and plain text.



This is a very simple tool that allows you to do two things:

  • Maintain a time stamp in a text frame, to be automatically updated on every save of the document in a designated text frame.
  • Maintain an automated log of file changes to an InDesign document in a designated text frame.

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Catalog Composer 4.0 Standard-Print Publisher
The Catalog Composer suite enables you to store unlimited product information within its relational database, allowing you to easily create multilingual catalogs using the InDesign plug-in Print Publisher.

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XPublisha is a tool for variable data publishing and catalog publishing automation. XPublisha flows XML from data files into placeholders in an InDesign document in a few easy steps. This means you can flow thousands of records into hundreds of pages without working up a sweat.



Fractions'N'Prices is a plug-in for InDesign that automates the formatting of fractions and prices in text on the page. It also allows you to remove all manual kerning applied between characters or to remove kerning from a kerning pair.


InDesign HTTP

InDesign HTTP enables an interface with digital asset management systems anywhere in the world. It allows you to search, retrieve, and archive assets from within InDesign over the web without a browser or a desktop application. With InDesign HTTP, you can readily manage all your digitized files — images, graphics, text, logos, documents, and web pages — enabling easy and timely enterprise-wide access and feeding efficiently into traditional and new media publishing channels.


Split Box fx

Split Box is a revolutionary plug-in for InDesign that allows users to quickly split standard InDesign text and image boxes into works of art. Use simple pull-down menus for great-looking effects, or combine multiple effects.

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The SmartWriter plug-in analyzes your work while you are creating a document and automatically delivers related and supportive material to your screen for immediate use.

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Silicon Connector lets you link directly from InDesign to assets on the web or a web-hosted DAM system, reducing the time spent on multiple steps required for file-based linking or WebDAV. Rather than move files around network file shares and re-link, or package up linked assets, a single drag-and-drop makes an enduring link accessible to the InDesign file from any Mac or PC with a web connection.

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SoftCare K2
This Workgroup Publishing Solution combines the power and reliability of large systems with the special requirements of smaller sized publishing houses, creative agencies, or companies. Optimum InDesign and InCopy integration guarantees maximum speed and top-level professional publishing, with easy handling.


SoftCare Notes Manager 3.0

The SoftCare Notes Manager plug-in will totally change the way you work with inline notes in InDesign and InCopy. Editorial staff will communicate more efficiently using notes, as displaying and navigating notes is easier and faster.


SoftCare Overset Manager 5.0

The SoftCare Overset Manager plug-in gives you complete control over text length and text overset, enabling you to count, display, edit, and print overset text. SoftCare Overset Manager is the ideal tool for everybody dealing with text-intensive files on a regular basis.

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Simple, fast barcodes for Adobe InDesign. One simple palette lets you customize over 50 different barcodes any way you want. Creates vector based EPS files that you can embed into your document or link on disk. Supports over 50 different 1D and 2D barcodes, including ISBN, UPC, EAN, OneCode, DataMatrix and MaxiCode.



Connect data quickly and efficiently to Adobe InDesign documents with Teacup Software's DataLinker. Link data anywhere on an InDesign page, or merge data into a document and into tables too. Link to ODBC or CSV data sources. DataLinker integrates with BarcodeMaker to let you mass produce barcodes.


PatternMaker and PatternPack 

This free plug-in brings high quality PostScript patterns to InDesign. Fill any frame with a pattern, then modify, tweak and reinvent each pattern into unlimited variations! You can also purchase an additional 13 patterns with our PatternPack plug-in.

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Spec Cubed
  Spec Cubed provides a simple, powerful way to visually analyze the contents of your InDesign documents. By analyzing over 150 attributes, ranging from leading and tracking to drop shadow properties and effective raster resolution, Spec Cubed radically simplifies the creation of visual style guides and specification sheets. Spec Cubed also facilitates visual preflighting of complex documents.


Color Spec Cubed

Color Spec Cubed reduces errors and improves communication by visually annotating InDesign documents with color, font, and placed graphic usage information.


Slug Cubed

Slug Cubed simplifies the design and maintenance of slugs, page elements that contain standardized information about a document's contents and status. It offers unparalleled freedom and simplicity in slug layout, unparalleled power in the breadth of automatically updating fields it supports, and unparalleled variety in its ability to prompt designers for values in a way that makes sense in the workflow.

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PlanSystem3 is a third-generation planning, process, and workflow management system with unparalleled enterprise-wide function integration capabilities and process management tools. These include real-time content/asset management, edition/product planning, production status and deadline monitoring, and element tracking of all files in production. In addition to its superb flat planning and automation tools, PlanSystem3 integrates InDesign and InCopy with popular databases in a cross-platform environment, along with the ability to manage intangibles and any type of file, such as a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet, and to connect to advertising and third-party systems like Fotoware, Mediabank, or Chuckwalla. PlanSystem3 provides a unique collaborative workflow management solution for magazine publishers, book publishers, catalogers, retailers, and design firms.

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Sonar Bookends InDex

Sonar Bookends InDex automates the generation of an index and a table of contents.


Sonar Bookends InDex Pro

Sonar Bookends InDex Pro is the premier automatic index and table of contents generator.


Sonar Bookends InFnote 3.0

Easily manage footnotes and endnotes. Compatible with InDesign CS.


Sonar Bookends InSeq 3.0

Automatically number figures, tables, and any references in your text. Compatible with InDesign CS.


Sonar Bookends InXref 3.0

Easily embed page references for tables, appendices, chapters, and figures. Compatible with InDesign CS.

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uCreate is the creative module of the XMPie PersonalEffect Cross Media personalization system, with powerful database connectivity, business rules programming, and creative freedom.


uDirect Professional

uDirect Professional is a plug-in for highly creative variable data print production. It comes with XMPie uPlan for advanced database connectivity and business rules programming. Add-ons are available for image personalization with Photoshop and dynamic charting in InDesign.

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BatchOutput automatically prints, exports to Adobe PDF, and saves to PostScript multiple InDesign documents. Output multipage documents as single pages with variable filenames and change the job name in the printer queue. Just choose the documents, adjust the settings, and BatchOutput will do the rest for you. BatchOutput is ideal for printers, service providers, publishing houses, and ad agencies.



InPreflight is a comprehensive quality-control and packaging solution for InDesign. It gathers extensive information about document fonts, colors, and links and lets you instantly locate problems according to user-defined settings. Get info on link attributes unavailable in InDesign, select various attributes to be flagged as problems, generate a preflight report, and more. A powerful packaging engine allows you to preflight and package multiple documents into a single folder or separately.



LinkOptimizer reduces the size of images linked to an InDesign document by eliminating excessive image data. It automatically reduces image resolution, scales and crops images in Photoshop according to their dimensions in the InDesign and target resolution specified, and reimports them into InDesign at 100%. Save storage space, time, and production costs; increase printing speed; speed up job transfer; and more.

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Slendro PictureLinks
With PictureLinks, users can select just the column they want to see. Various options are file size, bounding box, and color model.


Slendro StyleReporter

StyleReporter places style labels for each story in an InDesign document. It can label paragraph styles and character styles. All labels are put on separate layer and a character style is assigned to the labels so that users can customize labels according to their needs.



PictureManager gives InDesign users all the necessary details about the pictures being used in a document, including image size, actual PPI, effective PPI, and more. It also provides the capability to search for pictures and then drag-and-drop those pictures onto the layout.



Slendro SearchLinks helps users search for placed, for-position-only images uploaded to Xinet WebNative servers, once they configure SearchLinks to work with a Xinet WebNative database. The typical search turnaround time is two to three seconds. Users can then drag-and-drop results directly into their layouts.


Slendro PictureLinks

Access in-depth image information such as the link name, state, file size, page number, picture type (raster or vector), image format, image actual PPI, image effective PPI, image color space, image size, and linked file modification date directly from an image placed in an InDesign layout. This includes the ability to generate picture usage reports.


Slendro StyleReporter

Export style sheets from InDesign as a tabulated report, which includes attributes such as font, weight/style, size, leading, space above, space below, underline, color, tint, hyphenation, and more. The report can also be imported into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to access additional formatting options.

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