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Placed PDF missing text after re-exporting to PDF

Nov 4, 2010 5:03 AM

I'm using OSX 10.6 with InDesign CS3 504.


When I place PDFs into an InDesign file, and then PDF that InDesign file, some of the PDFs are missing text.  All text boxes have been made from the same original text box, just modified for content, and shape very slightly.


The text that is missing is most often white, where it's being used over the top of black frames.  There is one instance of black text over a white frame missing.


I've tried exporting to .inx, and then re-pdfing.  I've also tried copying text boxes that are 'working' and changing the content, but still the same text boxes are missing their text.


Any help much appreciated.  Thanks.


Message was edited by: agreen01

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    Nov 4, 2010 6:02 AM   in reply to agreen01

    Is the text part of the placed PDF, or added in ID?


    Does it show in Preview mode?

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    Nov 4, 2010 6:21 AM   in reply to agreen01

    Did you make the original PDFs in ID, or did they come from somewhere else?


    Back in CS (version 3), there was an issue with nesting PDFs and subset fonts. If more than one subset of the same font was used in differnt nested PDFs, ID would only include the first subset in the final output, and there would be dropouts, but this sounds different as it's unlikley that an entire text block would be using only glyphs not contained in the first subset, plus this was supposed to have been fixed and I haven't seen it reported in years. The workaround was to not subset the fonts.

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    Nov 4, 2010 7:24 AM   in reply to agreen01

    Try exporting to .inx and open that, then save as a new .indd.

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