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Interactive elements of a PDF being hidden when viewed in iOS/Android et al

we have created an interactive PDF in InDesign CC for a client with rollovers on various charts, that display extra information when rolled over. Now obviously the rollovers are meaningless on touch ...
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Dealing with transparent objects in a PDF for Mozilla's built-in PDF reader

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 ...
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How can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?

I have next to no knowledge about typesetting, just the usual office skills. Some weeks ago, our team wrote a scientific paper, and after it was accepted at a conference, I handled the submission of ...
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Revert to .psd from .pdf

I saved my .psd file as .pdf to - well - see a pdf version of it. I think I might have unchecked the thing that keeps it editable and keeps the layers. Is this revertable? Can I get my psd file ...
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Exporting to PDF in Illustrator: Reduce file size in document with multiple occurrences of the same raster graphic

I have a multi-page PDF created with 7 Artboards in Adobe Illustrator CS6. The problem is the PDF file created is too large (40MB). The pages (artboards) have the same exact high-res raster graphic ...
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Combining multiple data merge documents in InDesign

I have a report made in InDesign that needs to go to several different types of recipients (e.g. study participants, advisory board, and other powers-than be). The report everyone gets is the same, ...
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Inkscape Circles change dimensions when exporting to PDF

I have a 20 concentric circles in Inkscape, not filled, with a white semi-transparent border. Like this: When I export it to PDF, the circles are resized and they become ellipses, revealing the ...
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PDF viewer with a 'View Outline' Function?

When someone sends me an artwork file and I need to see if certain elements are vector or raster, I currently just quickly zoom in all the way to see if the artwork pixelates or not. I'm looking for ...
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unique serial number on page each time a pdf or indesign doc prints

Im having to design a document for internal use that needs a unique serial number on copy of the sign off sheet. Im aware that indesign has a numbering function (to number book/magazine pages) but ...
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PDF CMYK export in Inkscape

I'm trying to use the PDF CMYK export plugin for Inkscape, but it fails when I save the document. I have selected an ICC profile (A FOGRA39L.icc profile) and applied it to most of the colors in my ...
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How to copy Vietnamese text from a PDF and paste it into an InDesign document, keeping the special characters?

I'm trying to copy text from a Vietnamese language PDF into inDesign and many characters are incorrectly copied. For example, this is the correct text: PHỞ ÐẶC BIỆT This is what it's pasted as: ...
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The best PDF pre-set/standard for print?

I am curious to know if there is a PDF version that is preferred by most printing studios? I remember being told that PDF/X1a is the format to use when preparing design/artwork for print. But, I ...
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Quality of text in PDF and SVG

I'm converting pdf files to svg as it is easier to use svg files on webpages. I first thought the quality of svg must be similar to pdf, as they are both vector graphics. However, now I look a ...
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What are the limitations of the option “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” in Adobe Illustrator CS5?

First some background... We have a custom piece of software that requires PDF files to auto generate web pages. These PDF files are pretty typical, the only special thing about these is that hey ...
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Expandable text field in acrobat

I would like to create a pdf with text fields that expand in height but when you are finish typing that they revert back to there original size so as not to cover anything up or flow the rest of my ...
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Set PDF “Initial View” in InDesign CS6?

When exporting a document from InDesign CS6 to PDF, is it possible to set the "initial view" of the PDF, so that the PDF opens up in "two up" (side-by-side) format by default? I can do this in ...
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Creating a logo for a PDF application, which symbol should I use?

I'm developing a Mac PDF application and I'm at the tedious step to study a proper fancy logo. Is it ok to use the well known Adobe symbol of PDF inside my logo? Do you know another symbol that is ...
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Why won't a font allow embedding in a .pdf? Will it print right anyway?

When I export to PDF from InDesign I keep getting this error message: "This font could not be embedded due to licensing...The PDF will not be created if the glyphs cannot be represented." Yet the ...
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Quality loss when PDF opened in Preview

I just saved an .ai file as a .pdf and opened it afterwards to check size and quality. This is when I noticed the saved file was lower in both color and resolution, than the original .ai file. After ...
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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What is the best page size, in pixels, for a PDF to be read on iPhone?

I want to design an instruction manual to be read on an iPhone and maybe Android devices. I know that the iPhone screen width is 320 pixels. What would the best page size be? What is the best height? ...
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Adobe Illustrator Vector colors look completely different when opened on another computer

I have sent a file to a client which was saved in CMYK colors. They opened the file and the colors are nothing like the original design. Any ideas what is happening here? Any help is much appreciated. ...
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InDesign changes document dimensions when exporting to PDF

I've been sent an inDesign document with many pages. Format: A4 landscape. Most of the pages are double (two landscape A4 pages one next to the other) but some are triple (three A4 pages one next to ...
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How to convert to path (Illustrator CS5)

I have a PDF (exported from CAD) that I am working with in Illustrator CS5. Lines in the PDF are made of triangles, and I would like to convert the lines to be a single stroked path. What is the best ...
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Saving Photoshop multilayer file to PDF without layers size difference

Why is it that when I save a file that has many, many layers to a PDF without layers as a copy that the file size is larger than flattening the layers and then saving the file as a copy to PDF? 19Mb ...
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Why is my background white when exported as PDF in InDesign?

I have a problem with Adobe InDesign. When I change the page's background color (by modifying the Swatches>Paper color), and export it to PDF by going to File>Export, in InDesign - the outcome of that ...
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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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How can I fit multiple pages on to one A3 PDF page in Adobe InDesign?

I want the document in the screenshot below to export as PDF on a single A3 paper format with crop marks. So all 6 pages have to fit on a single page, A3 print size. Right now I am only able to ...
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How to reduce the size of a PDF with embed fonts (Calibri)

I need to reduce a PDF form's size to at least 500 KB from 1,117 KB. A client gave me this form already created and they just have to use Calibri as a company standard. I am aware that Calibri is ...
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PDF colours coming out 'dull' when exported as cmyk

We make quite a lot of mood boards in InDesign, which we then export as CMYK PDFs (Document CMYK - U.S Web Coated(SWOP) v2) as the image below. We then send them off to the printers to be printed on ...
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Small caps not appearing on Windows computer

I've made a document on inDesign CS5 on OSX containing a section typeset in Palatino small caps. These appear fine when viewing the exported PDF on a Mac however on a Windows computer some of the ...
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Illustrator opens PDFs rotated 90 degrees. Why, and how do I deal with it?

As I open a PDF file in Illustrator CS6, it displays it rotated 90 degrees CW. If I rotate the artboard and content back to normal for editing and save it, Acrobat Reader displays the file rotated 90 ...
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Convert Images to CMYK in Indesign

I have a large Indesign Document (about 200+ pages), and in about the half of the pages the images were copied & pasted into the document instead of linking them. These images are now somewhat ...
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how to open mutliple pdf pages in photoshop

I am actually trying to save all pages in the pdf as a png image but here i can't open all pages in one time. i have read here for how to open pdf pages I have to open one by one and then i am saving ...
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Is there a way to add a signature of version controll to PDF joboptions?

I'd like to create a method to check if my client used my specific joboptions to create a PDF. Is there a way to add some sort of meta data or version data or signature to jobtions so that you get ...
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How do I do these certain things in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent ...
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Auto-link phone numbers in a pdf file

In Adobe Acrobat, you can process a document using the "Create Links from URLs" function to automatically detect email and web links in a pdf file and make them live links. I want to do the same ...
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Converting PDF from RGB to CMYK with freeware or OSS

I print marketing regularly at my job, and everything is sent to us as PDFs. The problem is, the color profile is always set to RGB, and the resulting prints look terrible and don't match the colors ...
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Detecting Spot Colors

How do I find whether or not spot colors have been used in a PDF?
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A3 indesign file, wanting to export to A4 PDF how?

I'm sure this can be done, just cant figure out how. I'm needing to export my portfolio as a pdf but my indesign document is a3, i see no option to chose the size. Any help? Thanks
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Why is my text messed up when converting a PDF to SVG?

I'm trying to convert a PDF to a vector image so that I can display it online. When I convert it to SVG, it doesn't convert the font glyphs correctly. When I convert to SWF, it is perfect, but I would ...
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How to make a multline form in pdf that text flows through?

I'm working on a form that could be filled out manually, or submitted digitally. Here's the issue: When submitting digitally, I have certain forms that have 3 lines for the user to fill out a ...
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Saving a PDF file with Photoshop CS 3 gives error because of the font I use?

I'm trying to save a PDF file and retain text, The problem is that when I use some hebrew fonts that I purchased I get an error while saving the file, The error is the famous: "Could not save as ...
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In Photoshop, I've drawn a circle with fill set to 0% to get a circle without a fill, but the circle is filled when saved as PDF

In Photoshop, I've drawn a circle with fill set to 0% to get a circle without a fill. This looks fine in Photoshop, but when I save it as a PDF for use in another document, it fills the circle! What ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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“placed” Photoshop images in Illustrator - blurry when saved as .pdf?

I've edited some images in Photoshop to be used in a .pdf I'm creating in Illustrator. In PS, the images looked great and were saved with the following settings: .jpg/CMYK/Image Options: 10/Maximum. I ...
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export multiple Inkscape SVG files to multiple PDF files

I have a number of svg files created in Inkscape. I would like to know if there is an utility where I can export all the svg files into multiple pdf/png files. I have around 150 such svg files. The ...
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How can I export a PDF from Illustrator with pages named after the artboards?

I have an Illustrator CS5 file with several artboards. Each artboard is named. I can export this document to a multi-page PDF but the pages appear numbered when viewed in Acrobat. I can renumber ...
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Automatically add a link to multiple PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (Batch process?)

I would like to add a link to an external website to a set of PDF files - Ultimately each file would have this link in the upper left hand corner. Is there a way to automate this, much like the ...
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CS PDF Export color loss

I'm working with a psd in PS in CMYK mode. After exporting a standard "High Quality Print" PDF, there is noticeable overall desaturation in the exported PDF. Why, if I am working in CMYK, and ...