Random boxes corrupting font

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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I spent hours editing font size (mostly Minion Pro) for 121 page pdf yesterday. When I opened the file today, there are weird boxes with x's throughout corrupting the file. I have tried to fix with preflight but it only fixed about 20% of the problem. Please help. I don't have another day to re-edit all this!IMG_0497 copy .jpg

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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You should not be editing the static contents of a PDF file in such an extensive manner. PDF files were never meant to be edited in such a way, and doing so is dangerous, as it can cause all kinds of issues (as you've seen).

The changes need to be done to the original file, instead, and then a new PDF file needs to be generated from it. Consider it a valuable (if dear) lesson, and re-do the work, this time the right way. It will save you a lot of agony and wasted time in the future.

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Thank you for your response. Just to be sure I understand what you are
saying:

Go back to each individual pdf files ( all 121 of them);
Edit each individual pdf file and resave (same title) each file;
Create new pdf combining 121 edited files; AND
Don't edit the new combined files pdf.

I would hate to mess it up again. Thank you for confirming or clarifying.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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No, that's just the same as what you did before. You need to go back to the files that were used to create those PDFsand edit them.

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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The files were originally created by me as Adobe pdfs in Adobe Acrobat
ProDC. So I will go back and edit those original, individual pdf files,
then combine as new combined pdf?

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Apr 03, 2022 Apr 03, 2022

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Maureen, Are you saying that the originals were typed on an Acrobat PDF page? 

 

Or that you saved or printed a document from another app as a pdf? 

 

I ask because try67 and you don't SEEM to be talking about the same thing. 

 

I hope the next answer will clarify the actual way you created the originals.

 

 

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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If you did create the files originally in Acrobat then you have a much larger problem, as that is a very bad workflow. Acrobat is NOT suited for that. It's not a word-processing application.

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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Yes I created the original files as pdfs in Acrobat Adobe Pro DC.

I then combined 121 files into one pdf and the further edited them to make font sizes uniform. Thank you for any help.

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Apr 04, 2022 Apr 04, 2022

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OH BOY! If you export the entire document - or each page - into WORD, or other text editor, you should be able to clean up the problems, then PDF, and get clean pdf's.

 

Note that I say should. 

 

So sorry you are having this problem.

 

 

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