First off, have you examined your view settings in Acrobat? Toggling overprint preview can sometimes fix viewing issues.
Issue #1 with no documents open, exam the object settings of Rectangle frame tool or Rectangle tool. These will be the default setting for that tool on all new docs you create. If you have a doc open, the settings for these tools will apply to any new boxes you draw in the doc. If, for some reason, the box has been set to non-printing (Window/Object/Attributes), it will disappear in preview mode (W) or when printing/PDFing.
Hello Dave, thanks for that ...
Yes, OK ...
Preferences > Page Display > Use Overprint Preview > this was set at 'Only for PDF/X Files"
Toggle it to Automatic.
I'll do that now ...
Your 1st para, Acrobat, no apparent difference to PDF appearance whether Never/Always/Automatic/Only for PDF/X Files.
On to the 2nd para, InDesign with no doc open, yes, click the rectangle tool, head up to Window > Output > Attributes and there's four check boxes ... Non Printing is unchecked but highlighted orange, i.e. there's an orange square around the checkbox.
If I head over to Object Styles, [Basic Graphics Frame]+ is highlighted as opposed to None and if I double click the Object Style Options dialog opens ... and the choices are:
Basic Attributes: Fill/Stroke/Corner Options are checked on
Transparency: Effects for Object/Stroke/Fill/Text/ are checked on
This afternoon, to the layout I added a box from the rectangle tool, gave it a colour, applied a shadow.
It was missing from the PDF. So, I did my new trick:
The box was more than 2/3s the size of the A5 page and it didn't appear on the PDF.
I reduced the size of the box to less than half the page size. Run the PDF. The small box appears!
I duplicate that box and add it to the height. Run the PDF. They're both are OK!!
I'll take a look at the rectangle tool with the doc open, see what the default box attributes actually are ...
The issue was the default settings in the Rectangle Tool. Reset everything back to normal. I’ve never used Object Styles but set everything there correct as well. And now boxes behave as they should again. Non-printing checkbox in the Attributes: shalln’t forget that. Thanks.
Box issue No.2 no change. PDF omits the colour box, keeps the border but three small boxes work OK; one single A5 box corner to corner doesn’t. Looks OK in InDesign, prints OK, clients who I send the PDF to can see everything, I can't.
Box issue No.3, No change. Old PDFs missing solid colours.
You might try trashing your preferences and see if that does the trick. Often fixes a myriad of oddities.
Dave, OK. willdo. I might get this job out the way first. Everything seems under control at the minute now I know what it's doing … ! ...!!
Actually, how do you trash the Preferences?
There's a post at the top level of the forums "Troubleshooting 101" It explains it.
Great stuff Dave. I'll have a go tomorrow (maybe) and let y'know. I haven't Trashed the Preferences folder since I had the Quadra!
Coo! That was good. Thanks Philip, Chief Wizard. Thanks very much. Really appreciate that. M'bits and colourful bobs have all returned.
Now tell me, why was it OK one minute, not the next? Did I toggle something on somehow? How was it activated, that part of the PDF preferences? Or was it always on and I've activated something else somewhere else and that's what caused the wobble? Would love to know ...
In AWE! Cheers maaaaaaaate.
Philip, you've scored a magnificent hat-trick: you've fixed issues 1, 2 and 3. Arms aloft!