Photoshop: Ability to place InDesign files as Linked or Embedded Smart Objects

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This may sound crazy, but I'd love the ability for Photoshop to place linked or embedded smart objects from InDesign files (yep, .indd files). Why? Well, These would be our master working files for DVD packaging, but we also produce 2D and 3D mockups as well. If our mock-up templates could be linked smart objects from the original InDesign file, we could update our mock-ups automatically when changes need to be made instead of having to this process manually.
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Chris Cox

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Photoshop has no way to interpret the INDD files (which is not a rasterizable format - they layout hasn't been done). So it really needs the layout to be set and saved to PDF.
Plus the INDD format changes with each release of InDesign...
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That's a bit defeatist, isn't it? Bridge currently can display InDesign files - would it be such a stretch that Adobe couldn't build that into Photoshop? It's not like I'm asking Adobe to support a format they have no affiliation with.

By your same argument, that's like saying you should have to rasterize vector artwork from Illustrator before you can paste or place it into Photoshop.
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Bridge just displays thumbnails/previews (created by ID when the file is saved), it can't actually rasterize the file.
The thumbnail/preview wouldn't do any good in Photoshop - we'd need to rasterize the document, which would involve a LOT of InDesign code, and that would have to change with every release of InDesign.

Photoshop can only rasterize the PDF, EPS, or SVG output from AI.  The actual AI data is not what Photoshop rasterizes, because Photoshop would have to include all of AI to rasterize that data.  An AI file saved without PDF compatibility won't be rasterizable in Photoshop.  (BTW - same is true for Bridge)