Random character superimposed on hyphen

Explorer ,
Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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Dear Sir, dear Madam,

I am really sorry but the last release of InDesign (16.0.1.x64 on Windows 10) is full of new bugs and making me mad.

After the impossibility to create several files (see my previous post on this forum), I have now the following crazy problem.

When I export my book in PDF, many hyphens are superimposed by other characters. On a book of 232 pages, this happens 45 (forty five!!!) times, i.e. a good third oh hyphens. Please note that I have suppressed all manual word breaks, so that the hyphens are only generated by my settings (at least 8 characters in the word, 4 at the end 4 at the beginning of the next line).
I did not have this problem in the former release of InDesign.

To be clearer, I attach two screenshots of the same page 52 in InDesign and the result in Acrobat DC. In the first hyphen of the page (within a red ellipse), a letter "M" is added??????? Then two other hyphens are OK (green).

Page 52 (InDesign).pngPage 52 (Acrobat).png

Thank you for your help: I am stuck ad I must deliver my work next Monday...
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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021
Est-ce que cela se produit sur tous les fichiers ou juste un seul ? Est-ce que cela se produit avec une autre police ? Dans un premier temps, je vous suggère d'exporter le fichier en idml et de le rouvrir. On peut aussi réinitialiser les préférences : il faut relancer l'application tout en appuyant simultanément sur Maj, Ctrl, Alt [Windows] jusqu'à l'apparition du message demandant confirmation.

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Est-ce que cela se produit sur tous les fichiers ou juste un seul ? Est-ce que cela se produit avec une autre police ?

Dans un premier temps, je vous suggère d'exporter le fichier en idml et de le rouvrir. On peut aussi réinitialiser les préférences : il faut relancer l'application tout en appuyant simultanément sur Maj, Ctrl, Alt [Windows] jusqu'à l'apparition du message demandant confirmation.

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Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse.

J'ai investigué et j'ai en effet compris que cela venait d'une police dont je n'avais pas la licence. Je l'ai remplacée par celles que j'avais achetées sur le site de Monotype myfonts.com (Adobe Garamond Pro) et tout est rentré dans l'ordre.

Merci pour votre conseil très avisé !

Cordialement

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Tant mieux si le problème est résolu, mais vous écrivez : « J’ai investigué et j’ai en effet compris que cela venait d'une police dont je n’avais pas la licence ». Le fait que vous déteniez une licence ou non n’a aucune incidence sur l’export PDF et de manière générale n’a aucune incidence technique. La police que vous utilisiez était peut-être soit corrompue, soit mal codée. Par curiosité, de quelle police s’agissait-il ?

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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Et si je peux me permettre, on met des espaces fines (insécables évidemment) devant les points d’interrogation et d’exclamation, pas des fortes.

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New Here ,
Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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I have the same problem, but the solution does not work for me, I do not think there is any problem with font licenses (if that is what jmlevy said; my French is not that good, sorry!). I also tried the fix suggested here: https://answers.acrobatusers.com/When-I-print-Adobe-PDF-strange-symbols-document-q1929.aspx - no success either. This is a major problem, does anyone have more ideas what to do? I have InDesign 16.1x64 on Win10. Thanks!

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Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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I have the same problem, but the solution does not work for me, 

Which solution? No solution has been given, except that the OP said that he choosed another font, because he thought (and he was wrong) that he was using a font which was not properly licenced.

I do not think there is any problem with font licenses (if that is what jmlevy said; my French is not that good, sorry!).

At the contrary, I explained him that the issue was not relative to any licence problem.

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Apr 23, 2021 Apr 23, 2021

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Thanks for the clarification, then I really misunderstood!

Still, the problem remains, I have hundreds of pages of text, into which InDesign inserts roughly five or six random letters. If I have to find those manually before handing in the pdfs I will go crazy! What can I do? I've worked with CS5.5 for years, which used to insert blank pages occasionally; that was mildly irritating, but easy to see and fix. I was hoping to get rid of that with the update, but now I want it back ...

One thing I noticed already: If I use Acrobat to search for "-" in the pdf, it does not find the hyphens from (correct) automatic hyphenation, but the ones with the superimposed letters are found. Also, new deatil: I just noticed that the problem goes away if I export with the "Press quality" and "smallest file" presets. It must be something in the "High quality print" settings, but I have no idea what it could be.

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Apr 23, 2021 Apr 23, 2021

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I just noticed that the problem goes away if I export with the "Press quality" and "smallest file" presets. It must be something in the "High quality print" settings, but I have no idea what it could be.

Ask the Acrobat forum, maybe?

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May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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Short update, in case somebody else encounters the issue: The problem seems to be pfd tags. If I export without the option to create PDF tags, everything seems to be fine.

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