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  1. InDesign 2022 PDF Export Failure with macOS Monterey

    Since updating to macOS Monterey v. 12.3.1, InDesign (V 17.2) will frequently fail to export a PDF to a data server. I will attempt to export, and it will fail, but when I export to the downloads folder, it works just fine. That issue also extends to when I create an imposed job using the plug-in HP SmartStream. The temporary file will load on the server, but once SmartStream completes, it will disappear. Exporting to the downloads folder works for that too. There's no rhyme or reason as to when it happens, and I never had this issue before updating…

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  2. Missing Glyphs on PDF export in InDesign v17.0

    using the google font Signika, quotation marks and colons give me a missing glyph upon export to pdf. When using v16.4, this is not an issue.

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  3. Hyperlink alt text is ignored in the latest version of Indesign

    When creating or editing a hyperlink there is an option to add alt text. If you add alt text to your link and export an accessible PDF the alt text is ignored. I have a document with a ton of hyperlinks that all need alt text which we have added but don't come through because of this bug. Now I'm forced to add them again to the PDF.

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    According to the ISO-32000, the Hyperlinks are NOT supposed to be populated into the Alt-Text field. They should be entered into the Contents Key (see attachment) instead.
    InDesign currently does place them in the correct place [see screenshot attached].
    While someone using Acrobat can also add them to the Alt-text field, this is technically less correct than entering into the Contents key but either will pass an Accessibility checker.

    InDesign implemented this correctly based on the above information (provided by Accessibility experts, like Dax Castro, thanks Dax).

    Closing this issue.


    Adobe InDesign team

  4. Critical Bug with Font embedding on PDF Export - InDesign 17.2 and up

    OS: Windows 10
    Version: InDesign 17.2 and 17.2.1

    After the update to 17.2 and 17.2.1 the font embedding is not working properly anymore on PDF Export. It does not matter if we export to PDF/X-3 or smallest file size.

    The font in question here is Roboto Slab.
    After a downgrade to 17.1 everything worked properly. An upgrade to 17.2.1 again produced the same error.

    Expected result: propper font integration
    Actual result: Missing embedded font, text is torn apart, missing characters

    Please see attached images for export result and error message

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  5. Acrobat freezes/crashes when exporting as PDF from InDesign

    When we export PDFs with "View PDF after Exporting" checked, Acrobat sometimes freezes up and we need to force-quit it. InDesign also freezes. During the crashing process, the PDF is created normally. Our workaround is to uncheck that box, but that's not ideal because we've always had it on for 10+ years and are used to automatically reviewing the PDFs before sending them to clients, etc. We are saving to a NAS Drobo using AFP. Can this be fixed?

    InDesign 17.3, Acrobat 22.1.20112.0, Apple M1 Pro, macOS 12.2

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  6. Id CC 2022 pdf export and assemblage issue + links not displaying correctly

    Indesign, version 2022 17.2.1. / Mac Monterey version 12.3.1.
    My file's links are not displaying correctly when viewing in high quality. Photos all appear black/gray streaked (see attached files).
    They only display correctly when the display is standard.
    Then, and this is the biggest problem, I can't export pdf or do assembly. When I try to export a pdf, I get the following error message: "This document contains links to files or URLs that are not accessible. Please check your network connectivity or the original source of the content."
    But all my files are linked, there is no error on…

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  7. Form elements are not exported correctly into PDF and fail Acrobat accessibility checker

    When I try to produce an accessible PDF form from InDesign, all of the form elements fail Acrobat accessibility checker. In my case, I have checkboxes and text fields.

    For example when looking into a check box element in Acrobat, the text label gets a <Section> and a child <P> tag and the actual form element a separate <form> tag (including the OBJR). How can this be?

    Using MacOS Monterey 12.2, InDesign 2022 version 17.3

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  8. Interactive PDF doesn't snap to fit when viewing in landscape mode on smartphones

    I created a 14-page landscape document in InDesign (12.2.1) that will ideally be viewed on desktops and smartphones and I needed to add hyperlinks.

    Adding hyperlinks in Acrobat causes glitches in the artwork (fonts distorted/ images shifted). Adding the links in InDesign exports great, but I’m creating this file to be viewed by anyone that wants to - which will likely be on a smartphone.

    I view it on my iPhone and when I hold my phone vertically, I can see the full (landscape) page (albeit small). But when I rotate the phone to landscape (to make it bigger), the…

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  9. Do not use Osaka font for PDF page information

    When exporting a PDF with the Japanese version of InDesign for Mac, the Osaka font is used for the characters in the page information. If there are voiced or semi-voiced sound marks of Japanese characters in the file name, an error will be displayed and the characters will be garbled because Osaka does not support those characters.

    1. Name the indd file "だじづでど.indd".
    2. Export the PDF.
    3. An error is displayed and the file name of the page information is garbled.

    Osaka is no longer a very old font on the Mac. Don't use Osaka now.

    Use a font that supports semi-voiced…

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  10. Convert PDF to editable InDesign document

    Why does acrobat not enable you to export an editable document to InDesign? We know it is possible as there is 3rd party software to do it. I understand you would need to relink pictures, but it is crazy that you cannot export an editable PDF - Indesign. I also know I am not the first person to request this.

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  12. PDF Preview Issue/Transparent Objects Missing

    PDFs set up for print are missing transparent objects in the image preview. Opened file looks normal and prints fine. It just throws my client off in a big way and that's NOT fine.

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  13. PDF Export InDesign 17.2.x

    InDesign 17.2.1.
    Export PDF of pages containing .psd imports with hidded layers impossible since InDesign 17.2. Works perfectly with InDesign 17.1.x

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  14. InDesign export file location resets every time

    InDesign export seems to have been a bit broken in the latest release.

    When exporting a PDF, InDesign forgets the previous file location and working file location, prompting me to export to the desktop every time.

    I'm seeing this behaviour on both of my Macbook Pros. Both are 2019 16" laptops running MacOS Monterey.

    Is anyone else seeing this behaviour?

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  15. PDF export fails when placed svg has a smlns:sxlink attribute

    There's an error in exporting to PDF from Indesign when you have an SVG placed, and that SVG contains an smlns:sxlink attribute - this makes it impossible to create the PDF (and thus, use the software to create your document).

    The 'PDF export failed' error message doesn't give any info on how to fix the issue. And the default .svg export from Illustrator adds in that .svg attribute... so I create my graphics in Illustrator... but then they prevent my InDesign file from creating documents! Not great.

    If you remove the part that says:
    xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"

    Then the opening…

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  16. Out of a blue, white text on colour background stopped showing in exported pdf's. InDesign 17.2

    It is the same exact document I exported into pdf 12 days prior with no issues. NOTHING has been changed other than the background colour & tracking of the paragraph style. And NO, this is NOT an overprint issue, I have read that thread through. And NO, this is NOT a version issue either, the same exact version. I could not get this report through with screenshots attached.

    And oh, this is not only a pdf-related issue, it's the same thing with exported jpg.

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  17. Out of a blue, white text on colour background stopped showing in exported pdf's. InDesign 17.2

    It is the same exact document I exported into pdf 12 days prior with no issues. NOTHING has been changed other than the background colour & tracking of the paragraph style. And NO, this is NOT an overprint issue, I have read that thread through.

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  18. Buttons/interactivity not working

    Buttons and interactivity not working. I'm working on a MAC, latest MacOS, latest versions of all things Adobe. On export of my document to PDF, hover states no longer show for buttons, there's a huge lag on the response from buttons, and I'm also having a bizarre issue with clicks of buttons creating a box the shape of the button that is a preview of the page its supposed to jump to. All of this worked fine for me until a few weeks ago and all of a sudden, it no longer functions. Can anybody suggest ways to troubleshoot and…

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  19. InDesign 2021 PDF saving & exporting before settings can be applied

    Running InDesign 2021 16.4.0.54
    When connected to the 3rd party plugin, Agility I can export 1, sometimes 2, files the way I want, i.e. pg. 84 then all pages on another file. After that once I choose save location, the file immediately exports & is usually done by the time the export dialog box comes up. So if I want pg. 50, it's still looking for pg. 84 so it does all pages. Or it'll do all pages if that's what was done beforehand. I can't change any export settings, even if I do & click export they are not…

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  20. Direct PDF-Export in Data merge copies "page-1-text" to all other pages

    In the linked video you can see a bug in Indesign 17.1 x64 on Windows 10.
    Data Merge offers two ways to output pages. You can generate a merged Indesign-Document (works) and you can directly export to PDF.
    The direct PDF-export doesn't work for me, because texts from page 1 get copied to all other pages instead of using each pages text.
    The video shows the comparison between both methods and i just don't see a reason for what is happening.

    https://youtu.be/1KYfsi82Aqc

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