I have a very strange issue with Indesign occurring with one particular file.
The backstory is that the file is a template that I created, handed over to my client, and they have been updating it ongoing for the past year and a half with no issue.
All of a sudden, in this one particular file, the fonts are displaying and exporting to PDF terribly, extremely crunchy:
(Left hand side what it should look like, right hand side is the problem)
Photos are also pixelated, and vector graphics look terrible:
It could be that the file has somehow become corrupted, being passed between Mac / Windows via Dropbox, however keen to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this, because if this issue starts spreading it could mean re-creating many many files.
Thanks in advance!
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Have you tried saving the document as an IDML file then saving it as an INDD?
Thanks for the suggestion — just tried this but unfortunately it didn't make a difference
If you have a document that seems to be corrupt, try dividing it in two then see if one half opens and the other half doesn't, if so, keep dividing the bad half in two until (hopefully!) you isolate the issue, which may be a corrupt font or image.
Thanks for this suggestion too, unfortunately I'm probably not going to be able to test this, as I can't replicate the issue on my end and would have to ask my client to divide the document themselves. Given they are not a designer this will be getting too complicated for them. I it's time to resign to the fact that it's a strange corruption and start the file afresh. Thanks anyway!
I have never been a fan of placing InDesign files into others. Way too much that can go wonky with links and fonts. Open the placed InDesign and check for any problems there. Then export it to PDF and place that.
Agree, we have never placed Indesign files for a template before, it seems that it doesn't handle it well, especially across platforms.