Cannot save PDF as image (JPEG, PNG, etc.) "Error attempting to write to file. This may be due to insufficient disk space"

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Nov 04, 2015 Nov 04, 2015

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System Specs

OS X El Capitan

Version 10.11.1

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)

2.8 GHz Intel Core i7

16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

Macintosh HD

Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536 MB

Adobe Acrobat XI

Architecture: i386

Build: 11.0.13.17

AGM: 4.28.145

CoolType: 5.11.141

JP2K: 2.0.0.32097

When trying to save any PDF to an image format, the message "Error attempting to write to file. This may be due to insufficient disk space" appears.

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However, there is more than enough disk space to accommodate the image file.

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I have noticed error reports similar to mine with increasing frequency on this forum. All of them have yet to be addressed.

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Error attempting to write to file. This may be due to insufficient disk space (Page 1)

This seems to be a problem independent of operating system or product version. What is going on and when can we expect a fix? The fact that Adobe cannot save PDFs to other file formats has been an ongoing frustration of myself and my colleagues for quite some time. I would be very grateful to know a method to rectify the error so that we no longer have to rely on third party software to do the job your product is supposed to do.

Also, if anybody out there is in the same boat, I encourage you to speak up. I also encourage other people to try to save PDFs as images and report whether you encounter the same issue.

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Adobe Employee , Nov 05, 2015 Nov 05, 2015

Hi Geoffrey,

Thank you for highlighting this issue. Let me check few more details regarding this problem with Acrobat.

In the meantime please try this:

Open PDF in Acrobat

Go to File > Export To > Image > JPEG

From the Save As dialog click on Settings button at the bottom

From the Color Management pane

Click on the drop down for RGB

Select Off & Ok

Save the file as JPEG

Let me know if this works.

Thanks,

Abhishek

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 05, 2015 Nov 05, 2015

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Hi Geoffrey,

Thank you for highlighting this issue. Let me check few more details regarding this problem with Acrobat.

In the meantime please try this:

Open PDF in Acrobat

Go to File > Export To > Image > JPEG

From the Save As dialog click on Settings button at the bottom

From the Color Management pane

Click on the drop down for RGB

Select Off & Ok

Save the file as JPEG

Let me know if this works.

Thanks,

Abhishek

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2015 Nov 10, 2015

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Dear Abhishek,

I tried the fix you recommended. For me, it worked, but only after saving the file in a different folder.

Chrismclellan, try saving the file to a different folder first. Does that work?

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New Here ,
Apr 08, 2020 Apr 08, 2020

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Abhishek's solution worked for me in Acrobat Pro DC Version 2018.011.200.38 (April of 2020 - coronavirus era ha-ha).

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2017 Feb 02, 2017

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Abhishek's solution worked for me.  🙂

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Jul 09, 2022 Jul 09, 2022

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This works for PNGs, too!

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2015 Nov 10, 2015

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I am running into the same issue.  I tried the fix Abhishek provided but it didn't work.  Any solution would be greatly appreciated. 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 24, 2016 Aug 24, 2016

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There is NO EXPORT TO in the most recent version of Acrobat. It no longer exists (on Mac). My only export options are to Word and I hate Word and need image files not Word files. I am on deadline for a job, and I can't even do it on my older computer with old versions because that keyboard no longer works (which is why new computer and updated Adobe programs in the first place. There are other Acrobat issues as well. Not happy at all with this.

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2016 Oct 17, 2016

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I have the same problem with a MAC - macOS Sierra - There is a 'save as' option on the drop down menu from [file]; a side menu then offers image and choosing JPEG has worked for me until today. After that it gave me the same message as you had. Have tried the remedies suggested above but none worked

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2020 Mar 25, 2020

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I concur.  The workaround that proved most consistent for me was saving the file in a parent folder.  Otherwise, with the above solutions, it only worked if I waited about 10-15 mins between documents. 

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New Here ,
Sep 06, 2017 Sep 06, 2017

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Hi, for some reason it saves into the dropbox with no problem at all. Hope that helps Adobe to find the problem.

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New Here ,
Mar 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021

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I got this same error in Adobe Acrobat Pro 2017 when trying to export as PNG.  What fixed it for me was to go into the export settings and set Color Management > RGB: to Off instead of Embed Profile.

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Same issue.  I just downloaded and subscribed using the free intro.  Boss asked for ability to save as .png.  The Adobe Acrobat DC Pro cannot do this in any folder.  I looked for settings | Color Management, but found those commands only in Edit | Preferences | Color Management.  No option to turn RGB to "Off".

 

I turned the Color Management to "Adobe RGB (1998)" and that made it work.

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New Here ,
Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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Thank you for asking the question. I had the same issue. Saving it in a different folder worked, as a jpg and as a png. Very odd. Not sure who gave this suggestion first so I am thanking you for asking the question and getting all the responses.

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