Problems with importing to InDesign

27 03 2008

Until yesterday the importing from Word to InDesign was going fairly well. One new problem is possibly related to MathType; the other, problems associated with trying to work between Word 2004 on the MAC, Word 2007 on the PC, docx and doc.

The equations from MathType transfer fine, it’s just the layout that goes crazy. Some equations seem to be layed out inside tables (so there’s some spots that have nested tables) – these seem to be completely ignored when I import to InDesign, and a nicely positioned equation comes out as a list of things half a page long!

So far I haven’t figured out what the best approach will be here. I’ve seen that a lot of people actually export EPS files from MathType and then separately place them in InDesign. While that would probably give better quality it seems like a huge stuff around.

The other issue I’m having is WORD! When I take a DOC file (created in Word 2007 in compatibility mode), edit it on my MAC with office 2004, then try and open it again on the PC (Word 07 again), word completely crashes!

This could be bad news, unless it’s just a glitch with my setup. We’ll have some authors using the MAC version of word, and our copy editors will be using the PC version of 2007. I will have to do some more testing to find out what is happening. I’m also wondering how everything will go when we get Office 2008 on the MAC..

Another small problem I have is that InDesign on the MAC crashes when I try to import a docx file; I’ve read that InDesign (CS3) will take docx files but perhaps not on the MAC, I’ll have to test on the PC.

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27 03 2008
Rolley

Just also discovered that there are big issues with the fonts/symbols used by MathType when importing to InDesign. It seems to have sneakily left out various symbols or substituted them for something else all through the document!
We’re going to try and muck around with the fonts used in MathType and in InDesign etc and see if we can avoid this happening.

27 03 2008
Rolley

Problems with the fonts has now been avoided by converting all of the equations back to use Times New Roman. It seemed that the font I have set up in InDesign didn’t actually have all the required symbols!

8 04 2008
SoWai

when I used Mathtype 5.0 with InDesign CS1, no have problem. But when upgrade to CS3, start the problem.
Have problems with fonts. why dont leave free to choice any font, not only MT Extra?
???

25 06 2008
Susan

We don’t have font issues as long as we print with the graphics send data option set to anything but “proxy”. Problem is that “proxy” setting is the only way the files will print to a postscript laser printer at all. If we choose any of the other settings, the file appears to rip properly, but never makes it to the printer. To add to our problem, it seems as if we create the equation from scratch, it will work–just not if it is imported into InDesign or exported as images from the Word file. Has anyone else seen these examples and have any suggestions?

20 05 2009
penny

I have mac os 10.5.2 using math type 5 and 6 with inDesign CS3. client gives me a word document with HUNDREDS of math equations and i import the word doc into inDesign all times roman is how he set it up so i change all my type to times roman — and the MINUS sign prints as a rectangle. If i go into mathtype and change minus sign to en dash it PRINTS FINE BUT — then the letters of the equation convert to some generic fonts when i re-import word doc into inDesign. Can one not import a windows docx from a PC into a mac inDesign CS3 doc and have the equations automatically print ok? i spent more than a week trying to trouble shoot this.

thanks!

4 02 2010
sue

I contacted MathType and Adobe and they state that MathType is NOT fully import-able into inDesign and they recommend you save EACH equation as a piece of art and place it!

Penny, I spent over a week trying to convert this as well.

This is very disappointing!

Sue, Book Deisgner and Typesetter

4 02 2010
Rolley

Yeah it is a bit of a shame hey. Our problem is at the end of the scale too, the documents we were trying to get in to InDesign were full on chock-a-block with equations, both in-line equations as well as blocks of equations. It was just crazy, to have them all as eps artwork or something similar would be a nightmare to manage, 1000s of tiny images, imagine if one got out of order or .. : / eek. Anyway, it turned out that the documents that were particularly challenging, we just asked the authors to write their entire documents in LaTeX; and didn’t import them in to InDesign. : (

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