Importing documents

The importing of documents in Affinity Publisher is a one-way process. You cannot overwrite the original file once it has been imported. Imported documents must be saved as an .afpub file.

Importing Microsoft Word documents

Microsoft Word documents saved in DOCX file format can be imported into Publisher.

Importing InDesign documents

Affinity Publisher can import InDesign files that have been saved in IDML (InDesign Markup Language) format, which is available in InDesign CS4 and later. With earlier versions of InDesign, you can export documents to PDF and then import that format directly into Affinity Publisher.

The dpi (dots per inch) setting of the resulting Affinity Publisher document is decided as follows:

A document's dpi setting can be changed at any time in File>Document Setup.

Supported IDML features

The following features of IDML files are honoured upon import into Affinity Publisher:

Text variables, aside from page numbering, are converted to text.

To import an Adobe InDesign (IDML) file:
  1. From the File menu, select Open.
  2. Select an IDML file and click Open.
  3. If linked resources are not found, Publisher will ask whether you want to locate them. You can click:
    • Yes to locate missing resources one at a time.
    • Resource Manager to review missing resources and locate only those required at this time.
    • No to open the document without locating anything. Items can be located later by selecting Document>Resource Manager.
  4. If the document uses fonts that are unavailable, Publisher will warn you and provide a shortcut to Font Manager, where you can make substitutions.
To import an Adobe PDF file:
  1. From the File menu, select Open.
  2. Select a PDF file and click Open
  3. From the PDF Options dialog, you can choose:
    • A specific or all pages to import.
    • The document colour space that PDF contents will use. The Estimate option senses the PDF file's colour space and uses that.
    • Set the resolution for the PDF content.
    • If text is to remain more editable at the expense of accurate design reproduction.
    • If separate text lines can be treated as a single text frame to aid text flow.
    • To substitute a missing font with a similar replacement font.