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PDF Export

InDesign CC2019 / PDF Export Print (Druck)
It is no longer possible to export correctly to PDF x3 or x4; and it is no longer possible to change the export settings of colour profiles (for example to FOGRA 39 or ISO Coated etc…)

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      • Uwe Laubender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That goes to Hanyo:
        Look into menu Edit > Color Settings…
        If color management (CMS) is turned off, turn it on again.

        Your issue is a clear indication that your CMS is turned off.
        That's all.

        Regards,
        Uwe Laubender
        ( ACP )

      • Enrica commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When saving from InDesign 2019 to PRINT PDF File I now get an error that reads as follows:
        Version 4 ICC Profiles were converted to version 2 ICC profiles during PDF export.
        it does not allow me to see where this is being done so that I cannot fix this problem.
        We do book publishing and it is critical that we get a clean file with no errors.

      • Frank Anthony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi. My issue was not in exporting to PDF but the way colours display on screen.
        Checking comments in google seems it is related to Bridge not running properly with sync to other apps.
        Hard to show clients correctly the colours while seen the screen.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        my cmyk poppy red is also showing a lot darker and dulled than its RGB equivalent. Been using these swatches for a couple years now and the problem just started today. I downloaded the new InDesign during Adobe MAX conference.

      • Frank Anthony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Colours do not display correctly in present version after update to
        Version 14, InDesign part of the creative cloud corporate subscription.
        Specifically a red colour: pms display a lot darker that in colour swatch; creating a swatch c0,m100,y100,k0 shows as a dark red colour. Magenta colour is not the colour it should be. Exporting the page to pdf the colour shows correctly.

      • Colin Flashman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I had the same issue until I went to bridge and adjusted the color settings from the edit menu - the color synchronisation settings weren't synch'd.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Paw Olesen:

        - close all applications!
        - delete the ACEConfigCache2.lst file located at
        /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Color

        no comes the important part!:
        - reopen Bridge
        - set the Color-Management Settings within Menu: Edit -> Color Settings
        - restart Id
        - should work again now

        Nils

      • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just spent all afternoon trying to replicate colour settings used on an existing job 2 weeks ago for a printer (supplied ICC profile from the printer using Indesign 2018). No matter what changes I made in the export PDF box, it produced the same incorrect results, that didn't match the previous set of PDFs.

        The only fix was to export all my work as IDML files and make the PDFs using Indesign 2018.

        Adobe, fix this, this could have cost us thousand with our printer for late files!!! Plus it also makes it look like we have no idea what we are doing.

      • Paw Olesen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same problem here.

        Some say delete the ACEConfigCache2.lst file located at

        /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/Adobe/Color

        but it does not work for me.

        Please fix this bug asap.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please fix this bug asap – it not only destroyed CC19 but also CC17's export function!!
        on macOS 10.13.6

      • Ayanna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Colors are not displaying correctly. There's a color shift when the use of a color is applied in the document versus the swatches, tools and color panels. See the difference.

        There's also a shift when you export a jpg (file attached). I had to adjust the colors in Photoshop to match the other elements of an e-blast.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same problem, export works only in interactive mode.

        This is a big urgent issue!

        CC2019 on mac os high sierra

      • Uwe Laubender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Another note on this bug:
        It's not only images in graphic cells that will show the bug.

        If you select the graphic frame inside the graphic cell and apply a fill and set the rectangle to e.g. blend 30% the PDF/X-1a will contain a fill of 100% of the applied color. The correct fill in the PDF would be 30% of the color applied.

        Regards,
        Uwe Laubender
        ( ACP )

      • Uwe Laubender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just tested my workaround with the transparent rectangle added on the page with the attached InDesign document "bug in PNG colorseparation.indd". It worked! The result isn't "blue" anymore.

        Regards,
        Uwe Laubender
        ( ACP )

      • Uwe Laubender commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi together,
        I think this is a bug with graphic cells plus transparency AND exporting to PDF/X-1a where transparency is flattened. CC 2015, CC 2017and CC 2018 are affected.

        Workaround: Put a transparent element on the page or the spread outside the table. Could be a rectangle with a [Paper] fill that is set to 0% Blend.

        See a German discussion here:
        Manche Bilder nach PDF-Export blau eingefärbt - warum?
        August 25, 2018
        https://www.hilfdirselbst.ch/gforum/gforum.cgi?post=565801#565801

        My solution in the same thread here:
        https://www.hilfdirselbst.ch/gforum/gforum.cgi?post=565809#565809

        Regards,
        Uwe Laubender
        ( ACP )

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