PDFs made with InDesign have weirdness when viewed in Dropbox

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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When viewing PDFs in Dropbox, I'm seeing picture and text boxes exhibiting the Effects (such as Multiply) that are being used on images or type in those boxes. 


The example shows the text box where the type has been set to multiply is also showing a Multiply effect. It's filled with the same color as the text in the box when the box is set for no color/no fill.  This problem does not occur when the PDFs are viewed outside of Dropbox.

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 Is there any way to work around this? Other than not viewing things in dropbox which might be inconvenient for some?

 

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Pete

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022
There's a lot that goes into reading and viewing a PDF, and DropBox might not have built a utility that is completely compliant with the PDF standard. SInce the mid 1980s, Adobe's products were developed primarily for the graphic arts industries. Transparency effects, blendings, color fidelity, scalable fonts... Few companies can match Adobe's expertise in these areas. A workaround for the problem: instruct your clients to download the file to their computers and open it in Adobe Acrobat Rea...

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Mar 31, 2022 Mar 31, 2022

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most services that have PDF previews do not render 100% like acrobat. I would never trust another service to render my PDFs. Looking at both of you WorkFront and DropBox.

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There's a lot that goes into reading and viewing a PDF, and DropBox might not have built a utility that is completely compliant with the PDF standard.

 

SInce the mid 1980s, Adobe's products were developed primarily for the graphic arts industries. Transparency effects, blendings, color fidelity, scalable fonts... Few companies can match Adobe's expertise in these areas.

 

A workaround for the problem: instruct your clients to download the file to their computers and open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader, Standard, or Pro.  This bypasses having a browser or other technology hijack the file and try to render it.

 

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents | Books & Classes | InDesign | PDFs | Office |

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Thank you for your reply.
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Is there any way to work around this?

 

Try flattening the transparency when you export—set the Compatability to Acrobat 4

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