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Opening a PDF is blank in Illustrator

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Feb 19, 2018

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I can open the PDF in Acrobat. I get a preview in my explorer window.

But when I try to open in Illustrator, the Open PDF dialog shows blank thumbnails and the file is blank.

Using Windows 10 and Illustrator 2017

I think I've figured it out. The PDFs actually originated from Bluebeam Revu. I guess the annotations caused problems for Illustrator's interpreter.

Thanks all. Mystery solved

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Opening a PDF is blank in Illustrator

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I can open the PDF in Acrobat. I get a preview in my explorer window.

But when I try to open in Illustrator, the Open PDF dialog shows blank thumbnails and the file is blank.

Using Windows 10 and Illustrator 2017

I think I've figured it out. The PDFs actually originated from Bluebeam Revu. I guess the annotations caused problems for Illustrator's interpreter.

Thanks all. Mystery solved

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If it didn't originate in Illustrator, there is no guarantee Illustrator can or will interpret its contents. Illustrator is not a PDF editor.

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Can Acrobat export something that Illustrator can open? I've never had a PDF open in Acrobat that couldn't be opened in Illustrator.

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It was exported from Word

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You could create a new Illustrator file and then File > Place the PDF. Don't embed. Instead Object > Flatten transparency.

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I think I've figured it out. The PDFs actually originated from Bluebeam Revu. I guess the annotations caused problems for Illustrator's interpreter.

Thanks all. Mystery solved

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WHich application created the PDF and what's in it?

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So did you find a way to get these vectors/graphics to show up in illustrator? I'm having the same issue with .PDF's coming out of bluebeam - I ultimately need to get them into a CAD program but have been trying to use Adobe as a go between. Did anything work for these files for you? Thanks

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