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Endnotes in InDesign: Closest thing to a pain-free, flexible workflow?

It's an age-old complaint: up to and including CS6, InDesign supports footnotes, but not endnotes. Documents, books, reports etc aren't going to stop needing endnotes because Adobe don't support them. ...
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Convert pdf files to slideshow without Acrobat?

Is there a way to force an existing .pdf file to launch full-screen and auto-advance (prefereably with transitions) without owning Adobe Acrobat?
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How to create a PDF which has a background that does not print

Is there a way to create a PDF file that shows a background color or image when viewed in Acrobat Reader, but when printed that background does not get printed by default? Ideally, this would happen ...
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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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When creating PDF from an image, what determines the screen dimensions when viewed at 100%?

I would like to use pdf for ease of use and annotations when creating previews of my screen designs. However, no matter how I create my pdf, I can't seem to figure out what determines the 100% view of ...
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Downsampling images when they are produced, or in the final document?

I work with documents mixing text and bitmap images, for which the final format is a PDF file. Most of the times, I produce my own graphics, which means that I have a choice of: Creating all bitmap ...
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CMYK JPEGs extracted from PDF appear inverted

I am having to deal with CMYK JPEGs extracted from a PDF source. The PDFs were created with Photoshop. The problem is that Photoshop stores JPEG CMYK data in PDF/EPS using "normal" values, whereas in ...
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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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InDesign - exporting PDF and viewing it in proof colours?

I exported a PDF from InDesign CS5 - it worked well, no issues with the program or the output of the PDF. My problem relates to color - this area's fairly new to me. My OS is Mac OS X 10.6.7 Snow ...
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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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How do I keep file sizes down when editing PDFs?

I have a set of white label PDF forms that I need to brand for our company. The initial document is 6 pages, 316KB, and already has a full set of fillable fields. In a perfect world, I just open up ...
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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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Corruption when exporting PDF from Photoshop CS6

My document looks like this: I save as a PDF from Photoshop, using the default High Print Quality setting. The resulting PDF looks like this: What's going on?
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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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Converting a PDF that has multiple pages per page into all single pages

I recently started a project converting a magazine's PDFs into a digital reader app. Up until now, the PDFs that were given to me were all set up so that each page of the magazine was a separate ...
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Photoshop “Save as PDF” doesn't retain the transparency

So I have this PSD with several transparent layers. As I need to hand out the file for a professional printing, I export it through Photoshop (CS5) using the usual PDF/X-4:2008 PDF 1.4 profile to ...
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Saving a document in photoshop CMYK turns SOME black into gray

I am creating a rather big photoshop document 3000x3000 which i want to print. I thought i took all the precautions: CMYK color mode 300ppi save as pdf and so on Still when i save the picture as pdf ...
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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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Place a CD packaging measurement PDF file into Adobe InDesign

i need to work on a cd packaging layout. i thought i can just open the pdf file with the basic layout in adobe indesign, so i can drop words and images on it. but that doesnt seem to work. if i ...
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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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“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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Why is my PDF so huge?

This site seemed like the best match for my question. So I'm about to graduate college, and I made a nice resume in Word. I used a kind of fancy tabling system that took me forever (I had no idea ...
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Illustrator won't remove editing capabilities when I save as a PDF

I want to release an AI file saved as a PDF for email blast. When I save my file as a PDF and turn off the editing capabilities it does not seem to work when I open the PDF in Illustrator. I have ...
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How to replace an embedded font with a standard system font in Acrobat X?

In a large PDF document with several hundred pages there are abour 10 embedded fonts used. Can I exchange a specific embedded font against a system font (like Arial or Courier) with a single command ...
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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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Saving Illustrator as PDF without the hidden layers

We have roughly 55 cards that all have the exact same text. The titles and backgrounds differ among the cards. So I've made just one AI with the different backgrounds and all the text as one copy in a ...
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Check image compression used in PDF document?

Is it possible to find out what compression algorithms have been used for images in a PDF document?
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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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Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator

Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator? We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view ...
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Save as PDF creates ghost images of my text behind the text

I'm an Illustrator Novice (I'm more experienced with Photoshop) but I need to create a vector version of our company logo. The logo looks fine in Illustrator and if I export a png version it looks ...
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What does “PDF-compatible glyph names” mean?

In Fontographer 5, when I want to generate font files, it asks me do I want to "Keep glyph names as they are" or make glyph names "PDF-compatible". What does the "PDF-compatible glyph name" mean ...
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Why are imported PDFs blurry in InDesign?

I'm creating a magazine in Indesign and have pdf ads that I imported and placed all throughout the magazine. The pdf ads are crisp and clear in their original format, but when I place them in ...
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How to change PDF text encoding ? (ANSI to UNICODE)

I have this problem with a PDF I am trying to copy the text from... I have this text in a pdf and I need to insert in into a HTML page, the problem is that when I copy the text some of the letters(the ...
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Trying to export PDF from Illustrator, but gradient (Black to Transparent) not printing Transparent

Using - Illustrator CS5 I have created an image which has a shadow behind it. This shadow is a shape with a gradient applied that is black to transparent. I have saved this Adobe Illustrator file ...
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how to import a mathematical equation in Corel Draw X5

I have a problem I could not solve. I am doing a poster in Corel Draw X5, and as it is a physics poster, I need to put mathematical equations in it. The Corel built in text editor is just completely ...
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Can I reformat an old logo with a higher resolution?

I have 2 logos saved in a PDF file. I sent them to my printer to have a banner printed using those logos. THe printer is saying they are not high enough resolution. How can I reformat them so they are ...
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Is there a nice way to convert a vectored pdf to a vectored png?

I seem to be stuck in a situation where all I can get out of some designers(through a client so it's a little embarrassing now I've asked more than three times) is some vectored pdfs. I need to put ...
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Illustrator searches for linked files in pdf

Adobe Reader shows pdf's with "linked files" correctly, but Illustrator CS5 asks to "replace missing links", which I do not have (and even if I did, I wouldn't enjoy dealing with each one). It is ...
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How to print to PDF on Mac OS X from Adobe InDesign CS6?

I'm trying to print a booklet to a PDF file instead of a printer in Adobe InDesign CS6. Adobe Acrobat X Pro is supposed to allow this: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/print-to-pdf.html So ...
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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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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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Photoshop - missing layers while saving as pdf?

I have problems saving my photoshop file as a pdf or eps vector graphic. It wont include some of the layers and I cant see why. See screenshot below: screenshot: psd (left), pdf (right) I tried out ...
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Best way to send layouts with editable text to writers/editors who don't have design software

Here's a common design workflow problem, probably most relevant to in-house designers, but also to agencies who have a lot of non-design writing or research staff, or freelancers who work with ...
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InDesign CS4 or CS5: How do I export tiles to a PDF?

Let's say I have a document which is 30 inches by 30 inches. My printer is 11x17. I need to print tiles. Let's also say that the printer is attached to a computer which doesn't have InDesign, but ...
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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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Print booklet like in Adobe InDesign for PDF files?

I use the print booklet feature in Adobe InDesign to print little booklets. I actually then slice the booklet down the middle to have convenient half-size pages printed front and backside. Works ...
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Should online PDFs be saved as spreads or single pages?

There are benefits to showing a pdf download both as a spread and a single page. Which should I take into account—the view-ability on smaller computer screens or the design appeal of showing ...
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Best workflow for pdf to ePub processing and editing (large project)

Colleagues have been asked to convert a large pdf archive (about 150,000 items) to ePub and Mobi (keeping the pdfs, too, of course). I ran a few newish ones through Calibre to find the pain points: ...
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Rendering issues when printing PDF file with transparency on images

I've created a document using OpenOffice / LibreOffce with a black background and PNG images which have some transparency. I exported that document to PDF and printed it. The black which comes from ...
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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 ...