Just recently, this has been happening to me and I'm not sure why.
Usually, when I save a PDF of an Illustrator document, I will "Save a Copy" and create the PDF from there. I'll usually save my PDF into the same folder as my working file.
When I save a copy as a PDF, a PDF file with a name with ai followed by a string of numbers is created. That ai... file sometimes opens up in Acrobat. That file doesn't show up in the folder that I had intended to save the file into. Also, I've noticed that it doesn't always open this ai... file up in Acrobat.
Using the Control click on the new PDF File Name I was able to find where it is sending these PDFs. Turns out it is sending the files to:
TemporaryItems/(A Document Being Saved By Illustrator)/....
In Acrobat, when I try to Save As that PDF, it will let me rename it and save where I need to. I really hope I don't have to keep doing this, since it really slows my process down.
I've retried it a number of times and have restarted my computer a few of times to see if that would help.
I'm working on an iMac Retina 5K, running Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6 and running Illustrator 23.1.1. I just updated Illustrator via Adobe Creative Cloud a day or two ago. I am working off of files on a company network.
I've attached screen grabs of the strange "ai..." file that is created and the original file name just to show how it is renaming the PDF. I'm also including a screen grab of the location it is saving the temporary PDF.
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Where do you save the files? Is this a server or a synchronized folder?
Has anyone figured out a solution to this problem?
This thread is from 2019. Do you use an Illustrator version from that time?
If you have the current version, please try and uncheck the setting "Save in background".
And also check your server settings if you save to a server. This problem is an individual problem and connected to your individual setup.