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PDFs appear with fragmented images, metadata missing

May 20, 2009 11:21 AM

Can anyone help with this one?


We use InDesign CS3 to create PDF 1.6's, directly from InDesign export. The metadata contained in the images on the layout normally are visible when you control click and select "show metadata" on the image in the resulting PDF with Acrobat's touch up object tools. Ocassionally, there is an unknown problem in the process where a given image will "fragment" -- when you click on it in the PDF, a frame surrounds only part of the image, and there's no "show metadata" choice to select. This is kiling us because we doconstruct those PDFs and put them into our long term archive, and the metadata is missing there!


Any help would be appreicated!



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    May 20, 2009 11:49 AM   in reply to jhuddle123

    If the metadata is missing, then it wasn't put there by ID. Please re-ask in the ID forum as Acrobat has nothing to do with the creation of the pdf.

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    May 20, 2009 3:24 PM   in reply to jhuddle123

    Sounds like some type transparency flattening going on in there. InDesign itself has issues when exporting to lower PDF versions (1.3) and also if transparent objects are around say hyperlinks/buttons etc. The XMP data can be destroyed since it's been broken down and is not the original content any more.


    Let us know if you explore in more detail in the ID forum, 2 doors down 



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