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Exporting to PDF from InDesign and random objects are dropped off

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Mar 30, 2020

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I am exporting a file to PDF from INDD and random objects are being dropped off in the PDF (viewing in acrobat not preview). I have tried exporting it a dozen different ways and it keeps doing the same thing. The objects being dropped off are all links to an AI file, it is a report with a LOT of small icons, and a handful of icons on each page are disappearing once it gets to PDF. The doc is all CMYK. The linked AI file is all CMYK. Its only 24 pages long. There are no blend modes/transparencies used at all. The icons are all anchored objects embedded in the text. The ones that disappear are usually clustered, like the last set on a page. Any ideas?

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Exporting to PDF from InDesign and random objects are dropped off

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I am exporting a file to PDF from INDD and random objects are being dropped off in the PDF (viewing in acrobat not preview). I have tried exporting it a dozen different ways and it keeps doing the same thing. The objects being dropped off are all links to an AI file, it is a report with a LOT of small icons, and a handful of icons on each page are disappearing once it gets to PDF. The doc is all CMYK. The linked AI file is all CMYK. Its only 24 pages long. There are no blend modes/transparencies used at all. The icons are all anchored objects embedded in the text. The ones that disappear are usually clustered, like the last set on a page. Any ideas?

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A sample would probably assist in getting a response.

 

You might want to see what happens if you take the .AI file and save a copy as PDF using PDF/X-4 and then place the resultant PDF file instead of the .AI file. InDesign really doesn't support placing .AI directly. What InDesign really does is place the PDF content in a .AI file and depending upon how you saved that .AI file, there might not be any PDF content at all.

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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I can't send any screenshots bc it the report is confidential, but I just tried linking to PDF instead of the AI and it did not work, the same icons didn't appear. It is the weirdest thing. I link to AI a lot and it never does this.

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Are these white objects? Are they set to overprint?

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They are gray, 50 K value, on a plain white background, and not set to overprint.

 

I tried exporting as an Interactive PDF and everything showed up, but the colors are all a little off since it ultimately needs to be in CMYK to print. I double checked the icons in question and everything is CMYK, no RGB. 

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