I am bumping this back up, b/c SOMEONE has got to have an answer for this! Please help- this can potentially affect 900 individual documents causing a LOT of headaches for my design group.
There are a lot of different ways that Illustrator can save files, and a lot of different choices in the just even the .ai format saving dialog. Have you experimented? Do you see the same problem if you save as Adobe PDF?
I have done "Save As" in illustrator with the following:
Version Illustrator CS5
Fonts = 100%
Create PDF comatible File checked
Embed ICC Profiles checked
Use Compression checked
I was under the impression I shouldn't use PDF placements, as you suggested (saving the ai file as PDF). I have also tried unchecking Embed ICC Profiles, and that didn't make a difference.
I DID however try a test, and opened the ai file in PS, saved as a tif and it works fine- this would be an "ok" solution, but it now means any time I have this issue, I have to create yet another version of this ai file for placement. I just can't seem to find any rhyme or reason to why select file just don't work.
I'm testing as many things as I can think of, but nothing seems to solve this baffling mystery. I'm open to all suggestions!
I was under the impression I shouldn't use PDF placements, as you
Why? PDF is a great format to use.
I DID however try a test, and opened the ai file in PS, saved as a
tif and it works fine- this would be an "ok" solution, but it now
No, that's an absolutely horrible workflow and solution. That converts
a vector format to a raster format, losing information and resolution
independence and future editability. At all costs avoid this!
means any time I have this issue, I have to create yet another
version of this ai file for placement.
Also true of PDFs, that is the downside. Think of this as a debugging
exercise, you are trying to find the problem. So try a bunch of things
you would not tolerate in a normal workflow to see if they
give you indicators or ideas about where the real problem lies.
PDF files and AI files are quite similar, so one may inform the other.
Yep: I HATE using the ID/PDF/Form workflow... The one time PC is better 'cause you get LiveCyce to create forms... (not sure why not for mac... any way) wont help you now but check it out for next time...
I normally wouldn't mind a debugging exercise however when there is no reason one works, one doesn't, and it's affecting our production schedule, it's beyond frustrating. I'm thinking there MUST be SOMETHING I am missing or doing wrong, but I created these files the same as I have on all of the others in the past.
there MUST be SOMETHING I am missing or doing wrong
Nope i dont think so, unless you want a "boring" form layout!!! PDF form NOT great... soooo many limitations on design!!! (you prob have more graphics fills and so on)
Check out the inDesigner.... (Michael Murphy) www.theindesigner.... he had a GREAT tut on designing for forms video tutorial... may have the answer for you...