I was also very disappointed when I bought Publisher and discovered that I couldn’t import IDML files.
It was a bit like you found a brilliant car, with super gadgets for an unbeatable price and then once you’ve got it, you find that it doesn’t use petrol or battery power so you just have to wait until the company is ready to provide a fuel interface.
Totally Not Impressed.
I've just purchased Publisher. Before I install and use it, can someone please let me know if I can import an InDesign page/file into Publisher and work on it, and also if after creating a page/file in Publisher I can export it to InDesign for further work? Thanks.
I have InDesign and PagePlus… use them both often... I do a lot of database driven indesign document generation via IDML. Its an open and fairly easy to navigate format for development. I much prefer PagePlus for my own projects though... its print ready PDF support as always fit my needs quite well and its done the job for years. I likely have 100s for documents in Page Plus and know the app well.
After having brought in several PDF documents for editing in Publisher I wouldn't say its PDF import is any better than Page Plus... and I wouldn't want to depend on it for bringing in my current InDesign or PagePlus documents. As a software developer I understand the clean break in format in moving to Publisher as its age was likely limiting things quite a bit...
That said... Publishers primary markets are InDesign users and Page Plus users... If they want to get InDesign folks to move Publisher they need to support IDML at a minimum... and if they want page plus users to migrate they need a good page plus import. No one is better equipped to make a pageplus import than serif... they own both formats. IDML is open and fairly straightforward to work with as well. No reason IMO serif shouldn't be addressing both of these. I think they are putting to much faith/credit in their PDF import.