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Anyone have clever solutions for drop-shadows from InDesign that are being uploaded in .pdf to a website? I've just learned that the new Firefox built-in reader doesn't support it, known issue (Mozilla Support showing issue).

I tried PDF/X-1a which fixed the shadow issue but one of the more complex sections gets thin white boxes around objects. Same thing when I just opened the PDF and did a Print to PDF.

Only other thing I can think of is opening each page in photoshop, flattening, and combining which obviously isn't ideal for text quality or workflow. This is only an 8 page document so I could do it. Thought maybe one of you knows a solution.

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You can also check your PDF Export > Advanced > Transparency Flattener settings, but if you specified PDF/X-1a, it should already be set to the highest setting. – apex Nov 15 '13 at 23:23
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Option 1

To allow text to still be searchable as text, you could take all of your graphic elements into Photoshop to flatten and re-import back to InDesign as a bitmap image background.

Option 2

Or, if you don't care as much about the selcectable/searchable text, a quicker route would be to open your PDF in Acrobat Pro, and File > Save As Other > Image > JPG. This will save each page as a separate JPG file to a folder you specify.
Then just click File > Create > Combine Files into a Single PDF and grab all of those JPGs you created.

Ultimately though, it sounds like a known Firefox viewer problem. Any 'solution' is really just a workaround to better support users on that browser.


If using Option 2, you can adjust quality settings by clicking the Settings button below the filename in the Save As window:
'Save As' window
...and then adjusting the quality settings (in red), and perhaps even the resolution settings (in yellow) if additional clarity is required:
JPEG Settings window
Increasing these settings will obviously result in a larger file size, but will also make your text more readable. For maximum clarity, you'd want to go with Option 1 though. Although more time consuming, you'll get perfectly legible text at a fraction of the filesize compared to having rasterized text (like in Option 2).

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Doing it this method doesn't give enough control over image quality. Whether I do jpg or even tiff the text ends up being way too low resolution. – Ryan Nov 19 '13 at 13:55
@Ryan - Please see my revised answer for additional information on improving the readability of your document. – apex Nov 19 '13 at 20:56
thanks but I already played with the settings, its just not a good enough text quality. I'll mark this the answer anyways since it may help someone else. – Ryan Nov 19 '13 at 21:08

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