How can I import multiple RSS feeds into Adobe InDesign for creating a custom newsletter?

Geoff March 22, 2011

Instead of creating a PDF newspaper from multiple RSS feeds, e.g. FeedJournal or ZinePal, I was wondering if there is a way to send multiple RSS feeds to Adobe InDesign for editing.

Right now I can edit PDFs with PDF2ID plugin, but I’d like to remove the PDF conversion step and format the feeds with InDesign. I’m creating quick customized newsletters with this workflow. Any hints?

  1. JEL888
    June 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm


    I've been looking into this issue for over two
    months and am testing InDesign for the same use that you are. Sad to hear that
    I won't be able to import RSS feeds directly. Here is an alternative that is
    still being perfected, but it pretty close to giving you what you want that may
    be the option I finally stick with: PressJack. Go to their home page and
    download the free version (full program but with they're ads of course). It's
    not very expensive for the addless version and unlike ZinePal, it doesn't have
    to operate on someone else's server.

    Should you find either a MS Publisher or InDesign
    plug-in that imports RSS feed text and adds the link automatically, DO let me
    know (the world ) know. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous
    March 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

    You can try to import to microsoft Excell and from there you can manage to PDF.

    How to Convert HTML to XML with Adobe InDesign

  3. Tina
    March 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm


    were you able to import the RSS via XML or did you find another solution to directly import the RSS feed? Please let us know. Thank you!

  4. Mike
    March 22, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Since RSS is just XML with a standardized format you should be able to import it out of the box like any other XML document.
    On Windows you might be able to copy&paste the RSS URL into the XML Import dialog. On Mac OS X I had to save the RSS feed to my local drive using the .xml file extension.

    So far I couldn't find any script or plug-in to directly import RSS feeds into InDesign. Since I barely use it I don't have much resources so maybe you have more luck.
    There is a good chance that no-one looked into it since you usually do it the other way around — create in InDesign, export to Web/XML/RSS.

    InDesign supports JavaScript, VBScript and AppleScript so if you have any knowledge of them you should be able to wright your own script for RSS Import.