Create tagged PDF files

axaio MadeToTag is an Adobe InDesign plug-in to properly prepare InDesign documents for export as accessible, tagged PDF file – much more easier, faster and more reliable. The tagged PDF complies with the terms of the PDF/UA-Standard, the international standard for universally accessible PDF. PDF/UA is important to all organizations and companies delivering documents which have to be conform to regulations requiring accessible electronic content including WCAG 2.0, Section 508 in the US, Canada’s Common Look and Feel standard, Britain’s BS 8878, and others.

The MadeToTag UI is based on a seven step guide, which will lead you safely and intuitively through the tasks, to generate the tagged PDF file, without missing any important step.

Tagged PDFs are essential for accessibility, so that screen reader devices for visually impaired people or reading software for users with learning disabilities can provide rich access to a PDF’s content. Tagged PDFs also enable screen reader software programs to offer easy navigation and accessible presentation of content in PDF files.

Fields of Application

Properly tagged PDF files have become very important for public administrations and enterprises. Legal requirements for physically impaired people and for accessibility in the information technology (such as described in the German BGG, BITV and EU mandate 376) impose that the public sector offers all content – webpages as well as PDF documents – in an accessible form. But also media service providers, representatives of associations and institutions as well as students and lecturers at colleges and unversities increasingly consider it their duty to have their written materials available as accessible documents. – Nothing simpler than that - with MadeToTag.

On top of that, PDF tags are an effective method to improve your company’s Search Engine Optimization. The tags in the PDF file follow concepts similar to those found in HTML. Properly used tags place websites higher in the search engine rankings.

Platform & Pricing

for Adobe® InDesign®MadeToTag Pricing (net/excl. VAT)
Adobe® InDesign® Single user license: € 599

Upgrade rules/Maintenance agreement

The MadeToTag upgrade to a newer Adobe CC version costs € 249 per license.
As an alternative (to the payable upgrade) customers have the option to buy an annual support and maintenance agreement for € 119.80 per license, to obtain upgrades/updates and premium support at no additional cost.

Note on upgrades: Approximately every 12-15 months, Adobe releases a major InDesign CC upgrade (currently CC 2019), where previously installed third-party plug-ins no longer work. In this case, MadeToTag customers need to request an upgrade to get new MadeToTag license keys for the respective InDesign version.

Note on the Support and Maintenance Agreement: An alternative to a paid upgrade is the conclusion of an annual Support and Maintenance Agreement (SMA). During the term of the SMA, MadeToTag customers receive premium support and upgrades to newer Adobe InDesign CC versions at no additional cost. The agreement always has to be concluded retrospectively to the purchase date of the license or, if already done so, to a payable upgrade. For customers, who have purchased MadeToTag before January 1, 2018 and would like to conclude a maintenance contract, January 1, 2018 is deemed to be the beginning maintenance date.

Note: The MadeToTag software maintenance agreement can not be purchased through the axaio webshop. You need to send an e-mail to or contact your sales partner from whom you purchased MadeToTag.

All prices quoted are net/excluding VAT.


  • Supports Adobe InDesign CC 2017 - ID 2021
  • For Windows and Mac

Release notes

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  • Correct, fast generation of tagged PDFs from within Adobe InDesign CS6 to CC
  • Reliable results through built-in control checks
  • Allows reliable and comprehensive tagging of contents in a short amount of time
  • Observance of PDF/UA relevant document elements for accessible PDF generation
  • Accessible PDF documents in only seven steps
  • Easy and intuitive user interface
  • Provides support for legal requirements for physically impaired people and for accessibility in information technology (such as described in the German BGG, BITV and EU Mandate 376)

Key Features

  • Define export tags for document styles
  • Practical color highlight check of the export tags
  • Structure content using articles
  • Correct tagging of lists, links and table of content
  • Provide alternate text for images and graphics
  • Easy tagging of complex tables by table rows and columns
  • Allocation of languages used in the document for an enhanced language output
  • Repair features for common problems as incorrectly defined lists, empty paragraphs; etc.
  • Reliable processing of tags included in anchored frame, i.e. titles and lists
  • Comfortable handling of interactive form fields
  • Control document metadata
  • Check for insufficient color contrast
  • Export of complete InDesign books as tagged PDF
  • Keyboard shortcuts for quickest MadeToTag operation
  • Tagging preview to intuitively and quickly check tagging quality based on callas pdfGoHTML
  • Reliable and intuitive user interface flow
  • Export as tagged PDF based on the PDF/UA Standard (accessible PDF)
  • Export as PDF/UA-2a for longterm archiving with tagged content

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