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Move "missing links" prompt to before PDF export dialogue.

Please move the "missing fonts" or "missing links" prompts to BEFORE the PDF naming and features preferences. I makes me nuts when navigate to where I'm dropping the final export, then name it, only to have an alert pop up telling me I'm missing something. I should be told that IMMEDIATELY.

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  • Esther commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can already see this, in the bottom of your working area. There's a green or red dot. If green, it says 'no errors', if red, it says 'x errors'. These errors include missing fonts, missing links, overset text, etc.

  • Troy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree 1000x. Would like to see the same fix for when sending to print. Very annoying and non-efficient to set all parameters, only to be told that a link is missing or needs to be updated AFTER. This would be very beneficial to anyone working with a file with a large amount of links in a time-sensitive environment.

  • Evan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree. The way it works now is equivalent to a taxi driver asking you what address you would like to go to....before informing you that his cab actually has 3 flat tires and can't move. I know the info is available in the preflight panel, but that's not an excuse for bad logic. And I know many of us work often with the preflight panel turned off for performance reasons.

  • Colin Flashman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I completely agree with adding this idea. I've implemented my own script on my own machine that I call a "preflight enforcer" that either prevents execution of (or warns prior to) the opening of the export PDF dialog box. A video of the idea is available here:

    Otherwise, a "traffic-light" system within the export dialog would be good (i.e. a green icon showing that all preflight items are ok within the export dialog, and red icon showing that preflight items need to be addressed).

  • Derek Hayn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree, this is very annoying. I was coming here to post the same issue with the print dialog. For me the issue is usually because I've forgotten to switch the transparency blend space. I need to regularly print CMYK and export RGB PDFs so it's not something that would even show in preflight. And I tend to keep preflight turned off because it slows things down.

    My print driver dialogs are slow so to go through all the settings only to see a dialog box come up after hitting print and then having to go through everything again is very frustrating.

  • Steve Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think you also get an alert once you've opened the file to say that there are missing links but agree, this would be useful to have a reminder of before the PDF export stage as it can be annoying

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