PNG images not displaying properly when generating a PDF in FrameMaker 2019

Community Beginner ,
Sep 13, 2018

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I recently upgraded from FrameMaker 2017 to the TCS suite (FrameMaker 2019). I have a couple of documents that were created using older versions of FrameMaker and that contain png images. These images have always displayed just fine when generating the PDF output. Now that I am using FrameMaker 2019, some of the png images appear completely black (they have a transparent background) in the generated PDF. The images look fine when I'm in FrameMaker itself. This does not occur with all of my png images. I can't figure out what is different between the affected files and the files that are generated correctly.

Has anybody else seen this issue or have any ideas how to fix it?

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 13, 2018

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norasmart

Where have you tried opening pdf, Acrobat Reader or Browser?

Browser doesn't render some kind of image properly, try opening it on Acrobat Reader.

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 14, 2018

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If you have any such images, please email at sauagraw@adobe.com.

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Explorer ,
Oct 02, 2018

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I have this problem too. All the graphics in our manuals use a drop-shadow which is created in Photoshop. The shadow fades into a transparent background however in FM 2019 the background is just black so there is an ugly black background around the graphics.

It is easy to reproduce so I'm quite surprised that few people have complained - maybe not many people use transparent PNGs.

Below is a simple test I made with a red circle on a transparent background.

This is what it looks like in the FM 2019 UI:

Capture_FM_UI.PNG

This is the resultant PDF (in any viewer on any platform).

Screen Shot 2018-10-03 at 14.27.45.png

This was created using the "use distiller" option as I can't use the new built-in PDF engine as it converts all colours to CMYK (another bug I've logged).

It appears that FM is simply ignoring or incorrectly multiplying the alpha channel from the PNG file.

Please can this be fixed ASAP.

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Explorer ,
Oct 02, 2018

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I repeated the test using the new built-in PDF engine and it renders the transparency correctly, so this appears to be a bug when using the Acrobat Distiller option. Unfortunately I cannot use the built-in PDF engine as it converts all internally generated colours to CMYK, regardless of their originally defined colour space (see https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2527748)

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 02, 2018

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Hi,

We will address the color conversion problem very soon in an update.

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Explorer ,
Oct 02, 2018

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That's great news!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2019

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Has this been updated? I just installed the update #2 and while my images worked correctly before the update (which fixed other .pdf issues) they now are either just black squares or the colors render completely wrong.

My current version is 15.02.503

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 08, 2019

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@anneq090909

Can you share a few sample png with this issue and are they rendering wrong in FrameMaker UI or in the PDF?

Thanks

Amitoj Singh

email: amitosin@adobe.com

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2019

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We switched to the 64-bit version and while it is significantly slower in rendering .pdfs, the images now show up OK.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 09, 2019

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anneq090909​ - are you using the new Publish to PDF method or the older Print/Save As PDF methods? I ask because the new Publish route uses a new engine that's considerably faster in PDF creation.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 09, 2019

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i was using Save As PDF. I'll try the Publish feature and see how that works!! Thanks for your help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 09, 2019

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Make sure you've applied any updates as there were colour management issues (as mentioned in the top of this thread).

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2019

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Hi Jeff,

Yes, we have applied all applicable updates.

Also, when I try to use the Publish feature to create a pdf file, I don't see PDF as an option:

Is there a setting I'm missing somewhere?

Anne

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 10, 2019

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This FM2019? I don't think WebHelp exists as an output anymore...

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2019

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Jeff, you are right. I inadvertently opened this instance in 2015. When I correctly open it in 2019 I see the .pdf option. Thanks for your help!

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Jan 10, 2019

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Jeff_Coatsworth  schrieb

anneq090909  - are you using the new Publish to PDF method or the older Print/Save As PDF methods? I ask because the new Publish route uses a new engine that's considerably faster in PDF creation.

Jeff,

the "Save as PDF" method uses the complete parameter set from the publish pod, except the file name and location (this feature has been added later). So the difference you're looking for is probably distiller usage or not, which is also selected in the publish pod.

Bernd

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New Here ,
Jan 09, 2019

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I have a problem with png, too. PNG images were cut off on the top in the pdf output.

2019-01-09_17h03_57.png2019-01-09_17h07_36.png2019-01-09_17h03_38.png

In the output for pdf review, I have an black background

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New Here ,
Mar 01, 2019

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This is happening with tiff files as well. Just wanted to give a heads up, the publish feature does take care of the issues though.

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 03, 2019

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Just to update, we have fixed the bug around this in Update 3 (beta build). In case you would like to try it out , please drop me an email at amisingh@adobe.com

Thanks

Amitoj Singh

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 18, 2019

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I am having this same issue with PNG images with transparent backgrounds. Please provide a fix.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 18, 2019

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@ManualMan - You know that this is a user-to-user forum, right? What version of FM are you using? Is it completely up to date?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 18, 2019

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Are you using FM2019? If so, are you fully up-to-date on it? When you open Help > About FrameMaker, you should see version 15.0.4.751.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 19, 2019

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I am updating now (I had thought FM was already at the latest version). Hopefully that will resolve the issue. Thanks!

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Issue resolved! Lesson learned - always check for an update first before seeking out a solution!

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