ID Util allows you to view InDesign previews, styled story content, linked images, and used fonts. You can also export the previews and styled stories to standard formats. Use ID Util to ensure that files are opened in the proper version of InDesign. This can save you from accidentally converting a customers CS6 document into a CC 2019 document.
Many people receive or have access to InDesign files but cannot view those files because they do not have InDesign itself. ID Util overcomes this obstacle by allowing users to view the page previews along with the document stories and images without the need of having InDesign.
View Page Previews
Preview Adobe InDesign, IDML, and InCopy files without the need of having Adobe software installed on your system. Export those previews as PNG, JPG, or PDF files. Zoom in to view the page at more detail or zoom out to view thumbnail views of a multiple page document. View the page print size as well as the file version (e.g. InDesign CC 2019).
View and Export Styled Stories
Get access to the story content of any InDesign file (CS2 through CC 2019). Export the styled stories as RTF, TXT, or HTML or select and copy right from the preview window. This comes in handy when you may no longer have InDesign installed on your system or if you receive InDesign files from others but do not have access to InDesign yourself.
View Images and Fonts
Quickly view a list of linked images and fonts and see their status.
Quick Look Previews for InDesign, IDML, and InCopy Files
View document previews from any Finder window with the push of the spacebar. Optionally turn on thumbnail previews from the ID Util preferences and view thumbnail previews in any Finder window.
Open In InDesign
If you have multiple versions of InDesign installed on your system or simply want to ensure that you do not upsave documents by accident you can use ID Util’s Open in InDesign functionality to ensure that your files are opened by the proper version of InDesign.
• Preview Adobe InDesign, IDML, and InCopy files (CS2 through CC 2019).
• Export Previews as PNG, JPG, or PDF.
• View styled stories from InDesign files.
• View previews of linked images.
• View a list of used fonts.
• View the document version (what version of InDesign was used to create the document).
• Print the document previews.
• If you have InDesign installed you can resave the document with High-Resolution previews of all pages.
Added support for Adobe InDesign CC 2019
Ratings and Reviews
Glad to see CC2018 Support
The free functionality of this utility is great for adding quickview support to my InDesign files. The update supporting CC2018 will make it easier for us to update our files with the HD res preview. I know max-resolution previews embedded can add some bloat to the InDesign files, but it’s been a huge boost while collaborating with my non-InDesign using peers. Project managers love that they can “peek” at a file’s content without asking me to open the file for them (I try not to take that personally). I only wish there was a way to batch update my files to have the HD preview embedded on older files without also updating the InDesign version. Thanks, Markzware!
Not helpful for exporting text with footnotes and tables
From an InDesign document I needed to export text, footnotes, tables, and graphics to a Word document, and this app did not do that. The tables came across as a series of XXXXs and no images were exported. There was an export option for .rtf but none for .doc or .docx. The direct export from within InDesign to .rtf works better and that isn’t saying much. I also tried copying the text from the InDesign document and pasting it into a Word doc — that actually worked a little better — at least the footnotes appeared as they should, but still no images (even tho they are placed within the flow of the story) and the table information exported as single paragraphs within an additional text frame.
InDesign still doesn’t appear to have a good way to export to Word. My client wanted to repurpose the finished text in Word, as he is not an InDesign user.
Font status is confusing
The people at Markzware know me, so they should recognize this isn’t user error.
I downloaded this product with great expectations. I was especially enthusiastic about the concept of checking for missing images and/or missing fonts.
I was pleased to see an accurate report for the missing images in my ID file—all without opening InDesign. But the font report was worse than disappointing. It is horribly crippled.
I purposely unsynced two font families that I knew were used in the file. They would have been available to resync using TypeKit per—which is the status quo for most of the fonts Creative Cloud usershave installed.
I was gobsmacked to see that ID Util did not report the fonts as missing even though they were immediately flagged as such when the file was opened. This is NOT what any design or pr4oduction department wants.
I posted a troubleshooting complaint on the Markzware site. And Dave, a very nice technician, called me to follow up. He asked me to send the file that was showing the problem. I explained that it was a particular file. It was ALL OF THEM.
He then told me that the product wouldn’t work with TypeKit fonts. And then he changed his mind and said that the product doesn’t show the status of missing fonts. Oh dear!
Markzware, if this is indeed the case, I think you need to change the description for this APP. I appreciate that it’s FREE! (Yippee!) But even a free app should be described correctly.
I look forward to some sort of response here so I can change the score of this review.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. The problem was relayed to our development team and an update was released with a fix. I'm sorry if we did not relay the information about the update and fix to you directly. We do take customer issues seriously and hope that you're able to give ID Util a second try.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.