INX Output

Office Server Document Converter V10.0 can output INX (InDesign® Interchange File).

Customers must purchase "Office Server Document Converter V10.0 Plus Version" to output INX.

Features of INX Output

INX is the XML file that is used to interchange between InDesign®, or other products such as InCopy®, Golive®. INX format keeps all of the InDesign® objects and properties as XML elements or attributes.

By converting PDF's or Microsoft office documents to INX, Office Server Document Converter enables the content to be changed or enhanced using InDesign®.

INX output mode

In InDesign®, objects that holds text are called text frames. Office Server Document Converter INX Output Option has three kinds of text frame generation methods that can be specified by the Command-line Interface or the Option Setting File at output. To determine the correct output setting consider the In -Design® task you wish to perform.

  1. Text area output mode

    This mode converts most closely to the original document. Sometimes the different decorated successive inline areas are divided into multiple text frames in the INX output. Thus, it is more difficult to edit using InDesign® with this mode.

  2. Line area output mode

    Since this mode avoids splitting text frames within the same line (as much as possible), the conversion accuracy between characters can degrade. However, the advantage is that editting the converted result with InDesign ® is easier than using the text area output mode (the above mode 1).

  3. Block output mode

    This mode generates text frames from a block of text so that the text does not split into several text frames. Editing in InDesign® is easiest using this mode. However the conversion precision is the least reliable of the three modes.

Comparisons of the three conversion mode choices from the perspective of layout reproduction and ease of editing are as follows:

Layout reproduction

Good          Limited
1   >   2  >  3

Easiness of edit

Good          Limited
3   >   2  >  1


The following are restrictions when converting to INX.


  • Texts and images in a table cell are converted to InDesign® anchor objects and the conversion mode is restricted to the Text area output mode within the table cell.
  • Due to the difference of character placement between Office Server Document Converter and InDesign®, text in a cell can sometimes extend beyond the frame.


  • Border styles other than double, dashed, dotted, dot-dash, dot-dot-dash are outputted as solid.
  • Borders other than table cell are implemented using the Indesign® line tool.
  • Border assignment for fo:table is ignored.
  • Diagonal borders are only effective with fo:table-cell only.
  • Rounded corners is not supported. The converted result is a square.


  • Since graphic size cannot be correctly converted to INX, the user must resize the graphic object by hand within InDesign®.
  • Supported raster graphic formats are BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and GIF. Supported vector graphic are WMF, EMF and EPS. Vector graphics such as SVG, MathML, CGM, Excel Charts are not supported. In addition, PDF is rasterized when it is converted to INX which can cause the quality of embedded graphics to degrade.
  • INX output does not support background-repeat="repeat".
  • Graphic files are embedded in the INX file.


  • Due to the differences in character placement between Office Server Document Converter and InDesign®, occasionally the text frame cannot hold all of the texts. In this case, user must enlarge the text frame by hand.
  • If letter-spacing is specified, a text frame is made for every character.


  • If a non-existent font such as bold MS-Mincho is specified, it will cause a warning error when InDesign® reads the INX file. An alternate font is selected automatically by InDesign.


  • Leader styles supported are double, dashed, dotted, dot-dash, dot-dot-dash, dots, use-contents. Others are interpreted as solid.


  • PDF book mark becomes unstructured.
  • INX output does not support printer marks.
  • INX output does not support document information.
  • INX output does not support annotation.
  • INX output does not support ICC Profile.
  • INX output does not support complex script language such as Hebrew, Arabic, Thai.
  • Ligatures are not supported.
  • Not available to change the glyph of Japanese Kanji (including Variation Sequence).
  • The EUDC, end user defined character, is not supported.
  • If a line has line number , the output mode is fixed as text area output mode.
  • If an overline and underline are specified at once, the underline takes precedence since in InDesign®, the overline is part of the under line.
  • If text and graphics exist in the same line, the output mode is fixed as text area output mode.
  • Since paper settings, such as paper size or paper orientation, are not supported with Indesign, when paper settings are specified in the original document, all the pages are outputted using the settings of the first page.