Export to Acrobat 4 compatibility and all you get is what you see, but you lose live transparency and interactivity.
Thanks for your reply. I have just tried this but am still experiencing the same problem. Could there be another setting in InDesign that I need to amend?
Acrobat 4 does not support layers. Are you sure you have the correct version set?
I use these settings on a ID CS4 and no problem for me. Correct.
Question: can you send us a screenshot of your actual Layers panel?
Could there be another setting in InDesign that I need to amend?
Try to export with acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5) compatibility and above.
Maybe this setting works but that does not explain why he encounters a problem!
Let's treat the problem as Dr. House treats his patients' disease!
I have tried exporting only the visible layers but is there a setting in InDesign that I can use to export only the visible content to pdf?
Even if you mask off part of a PDF, or place a white rectange on top of it, the text will still be selectable. Other than with raster images, InDesign is not smart enough to clip off parts of a PDF (or rather, it's smart enough to leave them as they are). PDFs can contain incredibly complex objects, and any clipping routine would probably make as many mistakes as it solves problems.
Introduce a small Transparency to this image or one on top of it, then export with Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3) settings. Since that old version does not support native transparency, ID is forced to redraw the image, and then it will clip off excess data.
Thanks for your suggestions guys. I tried to export using acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5) but alas, the same problem occurred!
Like Jongware suggests, maybe the problem is with the original PDF but I will try adding a transparency and see if this works.
@Jenjimay – did you try to set all layers, that you do not want, to non-printable?
The names of these layers would show up in italics in the Layers Panel.
To set a layer to Non-Printable:
Select a layer in the Layers Panel.
Select "Layer's Options" and uncheck "Print Layer"
Chose "Visible and Printable Layers" in the Export Dialog.
(I'm on a German version for InDesign, so the exact terms may vary)
I've taken a new look to my pdf export settings (Acrobat 4 / PDF 1.3) ... and [you're right], I use this setting "Visible and Printable Layers" in the Export Dialog.
As I use Quickeys [and made these settings a very long time ago], I don't see them! Sorry for my last bad answer!