Id CC 2020 pdf export failure
I get an error "Failed to Export the PDF file" when exporting file previously created in Id CC 2019.
Id does not give any details about the error. It simply stops exporting. I've never seen such a message before (I've been working with Id since version 1.0).
The same file is exported from CC2019 without any problems.
Windows 10 with all updates.
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Tricia Littlefield commented
I found a way to save my PDFs after getting the error message, "Failed to Export the PDF file".
When exporting my interactive PDF, I chose to save it outside of the original folder the InDesign file was located.
To avoid future issues, I also Saved a Copy of my InDesign file outside of the original folder and created a Package so I would also have all the resources in one new folder.
Interestingly, when I tried to delete the original folder, I had to enter an administrator password before the folder could be transferred to the Trash.
I don't know how or why the folder had this type of 'security' on it but perhaps that is why Adobe InDesign could not save the PDF to the original folder.
Debra Johnson commented
This has been my bug bear for some time.
When you get a PDF failure, there is absolutely no explanation why it failed.
I notice if you export an interactive PDF you get the dialogue window which explains which pages are getting processed, so when an error occurs, you at least know where in the document the problem is likely to be.
When you export to PDF the normal way and get a PDF error, it would be good if you could get some kind of explanation.
Myself and team members have had this problem for a long while now. We have had this error occur and we cannot find a reason why as it doesnt offer an explanation. We think it may have something to do with links, but this is a constant frustration for us. Any help would be great.
Having the exact same issue. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't, seems to depend on file size. Frustrating as I constantly export PDF's.
Sharon Tehrani commented
Export to high-res PDF spins for hours, stuck at 90%. Happening with large file exports using InDesign CC 2020 on Windows and Mac. Can't close the background task so InDesign has to be quit using the task manager.
I have been using Adobe InDesign for years and recently when attempting to 'export' to pdf "Press Quality" a popup appears with "Failed to Export the PDF file." each time. This is happening with Windows 10 and Adobe InDesign CC 15.0.1 x64. I am able to 'print' the same file to Adobe PDF; however, the quality is less than ideal.
Can't export to print PDF
der pdf export funktioniert bei einigen Dokumenten nicht /Adobe CC 2019
I did some tests and I can confirm that at least one fix is to replace one of the images that was scaled down to approximately 6% original size and replace with a smaller image to scale down less, maybe 20% of original size. By changing this one thing, it allowed me to export properly.
However, it seems that shouldn't be an issue since I've properly exported the same file with the large image scaled to 6% on a Mac.
When exporting some InDesign files to PDF, the export fails without any specific reason given. The PDF export settings are "Press Quality" and does not fail when selecting a lower quality export setting. I was able to export fully when changing the downsampling image settings to "do not downsample" and I was able to export without fail. However, this produces a massive file, and obviously is not what I want and will not work. I need the "Press Quality" settings.
This issue appears on Windows 10 (latest release as of this writing) and I have not had any problems using my old iMac exporting the same files.
This does not seem to be a hardware issue since my computer is new and very good performance (I'd rather not have to list out my specs).
It does seem that this issue should be fixed if it's on Adobe's end.
Brian LaBrie commented
I am running a Mac Pro 2013 on Mojave with the latest Creative Suite Download of InDesign (14 - see screenshot). Every time I try to export to PDF, or Package I get an error message saying PDF failure (see screenshot). The only work around I've found is to Export to JPEG and then open Acrobat and combine files into a PDF, which is not ideal for large reports.