Do you have the display settings set to High Quality Display?
See attached screen captures. What is happening is with hi quality display selected the text is blacked out.
With typical display we can read the text but of course it is fuzzy. We set up book files to print using Indesign so we need to be able to see text clearly before sending the pages to the press.
Thanks for getting back to me.
I have the same setup as you and have no problems (Mac OS X 10.10.4, InDesign CC 2015)
If there is transparency, PDF/X-1a files will flatten it. Choose View > Overprint Preview to see if it makes a difference.
Here was a file exported as PDF/X-1a and viewed in Acrobat DC Pro:
Here it is placed in InDesign with Overprint Preview turned on:
Thank you. Overprint preview works.
I thought display issues were fixed with last week's update to 11.0.1
And since nobody else asked I will...why are you using X/1-a files? It is an archaic standard that should be avoided in any modern workflow.
What pdf would you recommend using for sending to a CMYK digital press? As our customers often do not convert their photoshop or other graphic files to CMYK, we feel that we get the most predictable color reproduction on the press from x1A pdf if the customer provides their ID documents to us. That does not mean that it is always the best, but it is predictable. The press will print any file in color that appears in Indesign or other software on the screen in color. However, out of gamut colors can be a problem if we stay in RGB space.
PDF X/4 is the current standard. Images are left as RGB and transparency remains live.
If you absolutely need CMYK then then built in Press setting is probably the best to use. RGB will be converted to CMYK but transparency will remain live.
I would strongly recommend PDF/X-4 in InDesign, not X-3, not X-1a. You will get the best results if the PDFs have live transparency and if the images are in RGB.
When you use X-4 you can export to X-1a, X-3 and in all kind of screen formats without problems.
If you use X-1a you need to reconvert upon export for screen purposes.
If you use X-1a or X-3 you have stitching lines. Those are invisible if you print, but if you export to screen PDF or any form of EPUB thse stitching lines become visible in the final output.
If you use X-3 you can later only make an output to X-3, X-1a fails often.
Will try various press tests to see if the results are better using newer pdf formats.