I have several documents with what I call "reference layers" in them that I turn off when making a PDF. When I view the PDF on a Windows based machine, it is fine in both FireFox and IE. When viewing the PDF on a Mac product (iPad, iPhone, Mac desktop), the layers I have turned off are showing up in the PDF. Can anyone tell me why this is happening?
I am doing a "Save As" instead of a "Print to PDF". For some reason, the trial version of Acrobat XI messed with all of my print preferences for PDFs, and haven't had time to figure out how to get that functionality back, even though I reinstalled Acrobat X.
"Save As" seemed to be working, but for some reason, my layers I have turned off are showing up only in Mac platforms.
If Mike's suggestion doesn't fix your issue, try this. When you save as a PDF with Create Acrobat layers on, the hidden layers can appear on older versions of Acrobat that do not support layers, and possibly other apps as well. Try un-checking this option. I believe a PDF saved with hidden Acrobat layers can have the hidden layers turned back on in Acrobat, so if you don't want anybody to see them, don't include them. On the other hand, if your PDF is complex and uses transparency, including layers should help prevent stitching.
THANK YOU LUKE! This seems to have fixed the problem. I was trying to set up the print dialog box to print only visible layers and save as PDF with no success. Unchecking this box in the Save As panel. The way this is labeled, it was not intuitive to me what it meant (still doesn't make sense, even after the desciption!) I have tested the new document on the web and it works like a charm. Thanks so much!
You are welcome. I believe saving a PDF with Acrobat layers on simply saves all of the Illustrator layers in your PDF, they may or may not be visible when opened in Acrobat. To see the layers in Acrobat, go to View> Show/Hide> Navigation Panes> Layers, all of your layers (hidded or not) should appear on the list of layers. (Acrobat X). Some apps will ignore Acrobat's attempt to hide them. If you don't save your PDF with Acrobat layers, the hidden layers will be deleted.