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Objects dropping out of PDF files when exporting from Indesign CS 5.5

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Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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Hi,

I'm working on multiple single page documents. I want to save them to PDF files from Indesign and send for digital printing. Each file has a basic grey transparency that (I believe) is causing lots of objects from the files to be dropped out.

 

Once I resolve that, I understand I need to import them to Acrobat and flatten them to ensure printing without issues.

The problem is I can't even create a pdf without half the objects on page missing.

I acknowledge that I am using an old version of Indesign (CS 5.5). Could this be part of the problem? I wouldn't have thought so. Jpg's are fine but my printer needs PDF files.

Examples incuded here....

 

Any thoughts?

Much appreciation in advance!

Carolyn

 

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Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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Carolyn, you dont say how you are making the PDF. Can you describe the steps you are taking? I hope it is Export to Adobe PDF (print) using PDFX-4

Mike Witherell

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yes, I'm exporting to PDF (print), but I don't see a PDFX-4 option
anywhere....
see attached please and thanks.

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Sep 09, 2021 Sep 09, 2021

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When you File > Export to Adobe PDF (Print) you make a name and click ok and then you are in the General tab of the dialog box. You will see Standard in the upper left corner of the dialog box. From there you can pick PDF/X-4

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Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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Hi Mike,

Yes, it is PDFX-4....I'm going to play around with removing objects and play around to see if I can figure it out.

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Sep 10, 2021 Sep 10, 2021

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Hi Carolyn,

if you switch the view to Overprint Preview are you able to see all your contents on the InDesign page?

If not it could be that some of your missing objects are either on a non-printing layer or the objects are set to non-printing.

 

What exactly is your not exporting contents?

Placed graphics? And if yes how is the file type? PDF, AI, EPS, other?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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All is good with overprint preview, I can see everything. The missing items are not placed graphics, everything was created in vector format in Indesign.

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Hi Laudender,

I'm going to srart flattening the PDF files that did export properly. Can you tell me the most efficient way to do this?

Thanks,

Carolyn

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Hi Carolyn,

could you share your InDesign document? At least this page?

If yes, put it on Dropbox or a similar service and post the download link.

 

When using PDF/X-4 as export preset the resulting PDF should contain all the contents you can see with Overprint Preview turned on. No exception. And your posted PDF actually is an orderly PDF/X-4 pdf file.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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After spending hours on this, I have definitely determined that the issue is with SHEAR on some of my files.

If there is any shear whatsover the object doesn't appear in PDF.

Anyone had this happen? Is there a workaround?

 

Thanks...

Carolyn

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I've analyzed the PDF you posted and actually all of your "missing" objects ARE there, but they are no longer in the right position... they've all been forced off the bottom edges of your page, and pancaked into lines, so, it's actually nothing to do with the transparencies you've applied, so I also suspect something else (like the shear you've mentioned) is causing it. Whether it's a version specific bug or a corrupted file is hard to say without seeing a sample file.

In the event it's a corrupted file, try save a copy as IDML file and reopen and try again.

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Sep 11, 2021 Sep 11, 2021

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Carolyn said:

"After spending hours on this, I have definitely determined that the issue is with SHEAR on some of my files.

If there is any shear whatsover the object doesn't appear in PDF."

 

Oh! That reminds of an old bug that should be fixed in newer versions of InDesign.

Have to do some investigations on this…

 

A solution could be not to shear the objects with the Selection tool, but with the Direct Selection tool ( "White Arrow Tool" ) if I remember this right. Are the objects pasted inside a graphic frame?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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"Oh! That reminds of an old bug that should be fixed in newer versions of InDesign.

Have to do some investigations on this…"

 

Just found my old bug report from 2017:

Some effects were not exported to PDF/X-4 when the objects were sheared with the Selection tool.

InDesign CS 5.5 on Mac OS was not affected. CS6 and above to at least version CC 2017.1 were. The workaround was to shear with the Direct Selection tool. Just tested with InDesign 2021. The bug is fixed.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Hi Carolyn,

could you share this one page as InDesign document?

I'd like to test a possible solution.

 

Thanks,
Uwe Laubender

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