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How do I control the order of text in a PDF exported from InDesign?

I've created a document that's got an elaborate layout of a bunch of text boxes. When I export to PDF, open the PDF in Preview, select all and copy out to a text file, the order of the text boxes is ...
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Acrobat: Font changes on paste

Using Acrobat Pro CS2, I observe strange behavior to text when pasting a certain diagram exported from Excel as PDF into the current document. This issue concerns the text already in the document, not ...
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Compress large PDF files in Illustrator

I am an unexperienced Illustrator user, so please bear with me if my question is very stupid: I have a large PDF file (5 MB+) [1] which is generated from a large dataset. The amount of details in the ...
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Setting up a batch action in Acrobat for adding a barcode footer to a PDF file?

I'll make a point to be as detailed as I can with this. My company does sublimation printing for retail items. To make sure items are correctly identified on the production table, each item has to ...
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inkscape problems exporting filling pattern to pdf

I have created a filling pattern. When I export to pdf a shape filled with such pattern I get something really different from what I see in the editor. This is an example: what I see: what I get: ...
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Color Change with PDF on iDevices

I was wondering if someone had a solution to keep PMS colors the right color when exporting a PDF from Adobe Illustrator. I have been having issues when i create a document using specific PMS colors ...
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Do PDFs have to be square or rectangular?

I'm creating a sticker in Illustrator and was wondering whether when exporting to PDF format, can it only be saved in a rectangular/square shape? I'm asking because if not then I'd prefer to have a ...
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How to save an Illustrator document as PDF in a different paper format?

I have several Illustrator documents in 'A1' paper format that I need to save as PDF in 'A3' format, with in addition disabling editing capabilities. These smaller PDF are typically web versions of ...
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Problems with PDF quality on Photoshop or Illustrator

I am trying to export a PDF containing mobile app screens through Photoshop, but the end result comes out to be quite pixelated. Viewing it on 75% zoom makes the text appear better, but the images get ...
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InDesign: Link back from cross-reference

for my recent project I have to make a PDF with endnotes at the end of every chapter. As we all know there's no easy way to do that in InDesign, only this more or less official workaround and some ...
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Export Artboards to separate PDFs (Illustrator)

I was wondering if there's a way in Illustrator CC to export artworks containing multiple artboards, to multiple single-paged .pdf files, as Illustrator already does for images like .jpg files. EDIT: ...
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Export of Indesign page thumbnails to PDF xmp metadata

This is a technical question about InDesign/PDF XMP metadata. I'm trying to build a simple document indexer in PHP, making use of XMP information in the files indexed; i.e. PDF:s exported from ...
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Inkscape: Export SVG to LaTeX-PDF preserving text positioning

I am using Inkscape to export .svg files to LaTeX-PDF using the following command: inkscape --without-gui --file="<file>.svg" --export-pdf="<file>.pdf" --export-latex It generates a pdf ...
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PDF Embedded Fonts - TONS of Duplicates - Why

I am working with a PDF that is showing the following when I look at its font properties. It is like this for every font in the document, repeatedly embedded 10-20 times. What's going on with this? ...
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Create automatic low & high res pdf, png with inDesign for multiple user

I am working on a platform, which should create from an inDesign file a low and high-res pdf, a png and maybe a new indesign file with the new data. These steps are in my mind. User logins or ...
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Enable flash content in interactive pdf

When exporting my indesign file to an interactive pdf i get the following problem: I open the pdf, when there is flash content , i can set the properties for it to be visible when the page is opened ...
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Photoshop PSD to PDF: Best Program/Settings

So I purchased a CV template, which came as a multi layered PSD file, which I edited in Photoshop and now want to convert/save as PDF. Photoshop has this option, but I am not sure what are the best ...
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Animated slides conversion into static PDF

For all of you, people who make ppt slides with animations like: Showing bullet points one by one Showing images one by one or zooming a plot Showing a border on an active element Internal ...
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Photoshop: Pixel pattern blurry on export to PDF

I am designing an A1 poster (at 300 dpi) and am noticing blurriness on a pixel pattern when I export my PSD to PDF. My methodology for generating the PDF is as follows: Flatten the image Save as -> ...
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Images Have Different Vertical & Horizontal Resolutions in PDF

I recently got a PDF from a client that includes several images. For some strange reason, the vertical and horizontal resolution of each individual image differs. Some of them differ by a huge degree. ...
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White lines on the edge of pages when Printing a Booklet with Indesign CC and Adobe PDF printer

I'm trying to print a booklet from Indesign CC, using the Adobe PDF printer, but the resulting PDF has white vertical lines on the edge of the pages. When I make a "normal print" (separate pages) ...
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InDesign Images converted from CMYK to RGB on PDF output

I'm using ID CS6 and I sent a booklet to out printer last week and all the images got flagged as RGB. I'm trying to figure out what went wrong. Some of the things that DIDN'T go wrong are: 1) The ...
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Combining text from 2 boxes (2 lines) in a pdf form into 1 box (line)

in acrobat pro how do you combine text info from 2 different places in a form to 1 box in a pdf form - like below, where the 1st page of the form has 2 lines: (address) (City, State, Zip) then the ...
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Convert PDF to SVG preserving fonts

I´m using Inkscape to convert pdf to SVG. I need to preserve the text but SVG keeps converting it to path. I have tried embedding the fonts in the pdf but still the same result. Do you know if it is ...
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Placing a PSD Bitmap or Layered Tiff over a spot colour in illustrator or Indesign

I have a cover designed in Illustrator CS4 that has spot colour as its base, and I have designed a graphic with a transparent background in photoshop. Cause I am working in Adobe Suite I bring the ...
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How to get rid of shadow from the old headline when replaced with new one in PDF (Illustrator)

I got PDF files from one foreign magazine to put translations in our language. First it seemed impossible, cause I couldn't open these files in InDesign to be editable (seemed easier way to receive ...
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File Size issue when exporting from Word 2013 to PDF

First off I hope I am posting this in the right community. If there is a more appropriate place please let me know. My problem is this: I regularly generate PDF files from Word documents which ...
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scan/fax with text & numbers in black & white - how to improve/cleanup/enhance using Photoshop/GIMP?

I do not have a lot of experience with Photoshop or GIMP. I have a scanned or faxed document of an invoice/receipt that I am trying to submit to get reimbursed. I was mailed a copy with text that is ...
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Is there an alternative way, instead of Adobe DPS, for read an interactive pdf with buttons and slideshow on mobile devices and ipads?

I did a pdf presentation with a simple layout with a first part with clickable numbers. All those numbers are buttons that activate a "popup" with texts and pics. On desktop it's quite ok, it works, ...
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How do I get rid of boxes that appear when I create a pdf from InDesign?

I recently had to install the new Java (jre-8u25-macosx-x64-2.dmg) on my Mac because Indesign would not open. I am running OS X Yosemite, 10.10.1 Now, when I try to create a PDF from an InDesign ...
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How to extract vector filename from .ai files

I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites. We've lost all these eps/ai vector ...
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Background Video in PDF with In-Design

I really want to create a pdf whereby the screens have some graphical elements overlaid onto a video background. I've found how to add video and this seems fine however I cannot see how to get ...
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Typed text on PDF disappears when imported to Indesign CS5.5

I have several PDFs which have been edited using the type tool and/or the PDF was set up as a form. When I import into Indesign some typed text is visible but not all. That is, in a 4 page document I ...
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How to reduce the number of MB in a pdf file using Illustrator CC?

I'm creating a postcard (6 X 4 in) using Adobe Illustrator CC. When attempting to upload it to the printing company, the .pdf file is too large to upload. They will only accept 12MB. I don't know how ...
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How do I save a vector image as a pdf at a fixed size?

I have made my drawings into vector images using inkscape but now they are all a different scale (massive images). I need to be able to scale them accurately could anyone give me any pointers? I want ...
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CorelDraw X6 Shadow problem when Exporting to pdf

I have the problem with CoralDraw X6 when converting to pdf. Not Showing shadows. please help......
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Changing images on roll over in InDesign

I want to make an interactive PDF in InDesign CC and here I want an image to change into another image when rolling over it. When I roll off, I want the first image to appear again and the second to ...
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Problem with importing PDF to CorelDraw x4 (will appear in reversed colours)

I am importing PDF into a CorelDrawx4 and unfortunately the image (two-colored) will appear in reversed colors. Does anybody have the same problem and have any suggestions how to solve this ...
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Printing Single Label of PDF Forms

I've made a PDF with 4 fields to be filled out by non-computer savvy people. Filling them out is no big deal, but we want to be able to print them onto mailing labels individually. Meaning, we're not ...
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Is there any way I can make an InDesign text box editable in Publisher?

I make tons of single-sheets that our sales team uses. But some like to change the wording a little for each account separately, so I don't want them to have to come to me every time they want to ...
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My PDF shows up with strange colors when uploaded onto a website

I have a reduced-size PDF that looks completely normal on the desktop, but when placed on a website the bottom half of the PDF has a pinkish color over it, and makes some items in the PDF have light ...
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Is there any way to use SVG as a page definition medium?

Can an SVG file be used to define a page the way PS or PDF might? My intention is to convert a rather huge number of 1-frame SWF files that have an unchangeable frame size ( i e, they look like ...
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Photoshop Multipage PDF without background

Is it possible to create a multipage pdf in photoshop without it adding a background? I can create the pdf but it adds a thick white border to each image/page. I'd like to have each page the same ...
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PDF export from InDesign unwanted image downsampling despite settings

I am exporting an 8.5x11 inch PDF at 300 dpi. I've placed a 2588x3375 pixel image at full page size. InDesign shows the image as 300 dpi. All setting in PDF profile say 300dpi and I print as PDF. ...
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Use PDF (InDesign?) for Website reviews with pixel for pixel bitmaps

I would like to take some PSD or PNG graphics and put them into a PDF such that when the PDF is shown on screen with default Adobe Reader preferences, the bitmaps look pixel for pixel the same as ...
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problem with pdf export in inkscape - line stroke

I had today some surprising experience in converting svg to pdf using inkscape. I am preparing drawings for laser cutter. for laser cutting, the drawing should be passed as pdf and the line stroke ...
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Book printing, pages not arranged correctly

I'm trying out self-publishing and I'm a bit confused on how to print the pages of my book. The approximate size of the pages of my book is 4.25in x 5.5in. That's roughly 1/4th of a 8.5in x 11in in ...
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Pdf with layers from photoshop CS6

Is it possible to export a PSD photoshop file to PDF keeping the layers like in here? I tried saving as PDF and checked 'layers', but it doesn't work.
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My outputted PDF looks different on a Mac to a PC

I'm a bit concerned as my outputted PDF from InDesign CS5 looks different on Mac. This has happened a few times. It seems as though sometimes the Mac does not draw the new version of the PDF, which ...
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Why does text look off balance or misaligned when rotated?

I am updating my portfolio book and decided that I wanted to rotate the some images as an added appearance effect. I am using Courier New as a font on a business card design. When I place the text in ...