Acrobat has the ability to show precise lines (or not), but this seems to extreme for that specific feature. Do the lines print that way from Acrobat as well? What versions of InDesign and Acrobat (or Reader) are you using?
I'm InDesign CC 2015.4, and Acrobat Pro DC 2015.
I've not tried printing this as it'll only ever be used on a screen. May Acrobat isn't showing precise lines? How would I turn on this feature?
I've tried exporting it as a JPEG. The lines don't show up correctly on there either.
Have you tried making your stroke slightly thicker?
In Acrobat, you can go to Preferences> Page Display> Enhance thin lines, however this won't improve the view for anyone else.
If you are making PDF forms, it's a known issue that the form lines sometimes seem to vanish. One work-around that worked for me is to add a stroke style where the inside of the stroke is set to white. See this old thread:
In Acrobat, you can Right+click the toolbar > Show Page Display Tools > Line Weights to display the Line Weights button. Once it is on the toolbar, it's a toggle to show accurate line weights, or not.
That said, if the problem appears in the JPEG file, it's not an Acrobat display issue. Let's go back to InDesign. Are those table cells, or strokes on individual frames?
Thanks for the help, Barb.
I've tried the line weights but it's hasn't changed anything.
So far the green boxes are checkboxes, and the cream is a text box next to it. I've put a stroke round these using the rectangle tool.
I've had a go at changing these - it's currently set to inside. But I've changed it to the other options and nothing still. The stroke weight is 0.5px if that helps?
The stroke weight is 0.5px if that helps?
Half a pixel, or a half a point?
Sorry half a point!
Let's try a whole pixel.
Ok I've tried a whole point and made the strokes go to the outside. Most are now showing up! A few are still looking the same though despite these changes.
Half a point is tiny, but still within the acceptable range. "Most of the lines" showing up is not, of course. I can't think of any other reason for them to display so erratically, other than a bug. If you think that is the issue, you can report it here: Feature Request/Bug Report Form .
Ok thanks for all the help, Barb.
Just looking again after making the strokes thicker, it looks like the strokes are going behind form fields - such as checkboxes and textboxes - but it's staying on top of the 'static' design features.
Would you know if when exporting a PDF, InDesign automatically brings all the form fields to the front of the document?
Did you try making a new stroke style?
Here are some instructions:
In the flyout menu of the stroke panel, select stroke styles> New> Type> Stripe. Make the stroke twice as thick as you want it to appear.
Drag the position arrows so the top half is black and the bottom is white.
Give the stroke style a name and click add.
With your stroke selected, choose the new style from the stroke panel under Type:
Change the gap color to Paper.
I'd imagine the buttons are on top so that the user can interact with them. You can check the layers panel to confirm the stacking order.
In the meantime, are you aware you can select (and refine the look of) the various button components? Also to keep an eye on the selected state in the Buttons and Forms panel?
For example, with a radio button:
Outer ellipse selected
Inner ellipse selected
I've given this a go with positive results! It could potentially work throughout the document, so thanks very much for the help!
All the best,
You're welcome. and thank you, I was wondering it it would work for other people.
Half a point is tiny, but still within the acceptable range. "Most of the lines" showing up is not, of course. I can't think of any other reason for them to display so erratically, other than a bug.
Well, if they are in fact half a pixel the program must decide if they should be displayed as a whole pixel or none of the pixel, and that decision may depend on the bordering colors.
For screen display it is vital to be sure, as well, that objects actually snap to the pixel grid.
Agreed. It turns out that was a typo: the rules were set to .5 pt.
but on a screen intent file that also equals .5 px as there is a 1:1 correspondence between points and pixels in ID.