I have a large table (36 rows, 17 columns). The content is prices, right-aligned, two decimal places.
When I export as a PDF, the numbers slowly shift, moving top to bottom, either to the left or right (this happens on many (but not all) different pages), for 20-25 rows, at which point the positioning is corrected. Total deviation from row 1 until the correction varies, from 0.0067 inches to 0.0109 inches.
This happens only when exporting a PDF from InDesign (CS5.5). If I print from the .indd the problem is not there. If I print a .ps and use Distiller, the resulting PDF is fine.
All cells have the same settings as far as padding, tabs, type size.
I'll post this in the Acrobat forums as well.
Have you installed the InDesign 7.5.3 patch? It may not be pertinent to this problem, but you certainly should do so if you haven't.
What printer are you using? ID isn't known for it's universal good printing habits.
I am up to date with 7.5.3, and Acrobat is updated as well.
I'm not using a printer for anything -- the problem is in the PDF files (if they're exported directly from the .indd).
As a side note, the company printing these files is having the same issue on their bluelines.
Pieter, just to make sure I understand:
1. Export the file to .idml
2. Open the .idml, export that as a PDF
3. Check for errors.
I followed this, and the problem persists.
(in the attached screenshot, which is at about row 20 of the table, "308.10" has shifted to the left. Everything above was incrementally sliding to the right, starting at the top of the table)
That's what I meant. Very strange, and I have absolutely no idea why it's happening.
Is the shift cell-by cell? The last line in the cell above looks to be aligned with the first line in the cell you've shown fully, and the bottom line is actually ever so slightly right of the one in the middle. I don't know what that means, though, if anything.
Peter, thanks for spending the time that you have on this. I really appreciate it.
With this particular table, "308.10" is row 22, and its position is the same as row 1, which is to say the correct position. Beginning with row 2, the numbers have been sliding rightward at a constant rate, until row 21 and "297.50". Below "308.10" the numbers begin sliding rightward again until the bottom of the table at row 30.
I think you should consider opeing a cutomer support case using the portal: http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/customer-support-por tal.html
If you don't have a support contract, I think they'll want your credit card number, but I also think that if the problem is found to be a bug the charges are refunded, and I'm fairly confident this is a bug of some sort.