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New Here ,
Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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My friend A is helping me with a PDF related matter using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (32-bit). 

 

I sent A a .pdf  with a white background that I would like changed to black. A managed to do so (kudos to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for this handy feature). A saved the file, confirmed that it is a black background, and sent it my way via email and Telegram. On both mediums (and on my PDF reader), it reappears as having a white background. 

 

Why is that? How do I get it to appear in a black background if I no longer have Adobe Acrobat and all other alternatives I have attempted failed? I tried opening the files on a x64 PC and on iOS - if that matters in the slightest. 

 

P.S.: If you are going to suggest I renew Adobe Acrobat / repurchase a license, don't. It is not helpful advice. 

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Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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What exact steps did you take to convert the background to black? And can you post the PDF with the converted background, or create a sample using the same technique and post that?

 

In general, it is not possible to make permenant changes to PDF page content with Reader. Acrobat Pro is required for this. 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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@Thom Parker I am not able to post the converted PDF here because I am unable to replicate without Adobe Acrobat. 

 

@Bernd Alheit yes I did use Accessibility to change the background color. 

 

@Test Screen Name it doesn't explain how on A's end, the saved PDF opens with a black background when it was originally white (which sounds like the file was changed), and why it would not carry over via email. 

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LEGEND ,
Jul 18, 2021 Jul 18, 2021

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I can tell you Reader cannot change a background. That is definite. I believe A changed the background colour and sees that. There's not really any more to say. If A is trying to convince you they know a trick to edit AND change the background IN READER, then A is tricking you; or tricking THEMSELVES (many people honestly believe that the Accessibility Settings change files permanently and get in all sorts of difficulty).

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Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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Have you changed the preferences at Accessibility.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 17, 2021 Jul 17, 2021

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I think A changed their own display preferences. They changed only how A sees it. The file doesn't change. Sounds normal. A doesn't have a useful trick.

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