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.
The fix for this issue is available in the latest update of InDesign version 15.0.3
Please update your InDesign application to this version to get the fix.
Adobe InDesign team
Steve Blackwell... thank you for the insight. Process of elimination. I kept deleting elements until I found what was causing the problem. A small hidden box. Deleted it and good to go. Thank you folks!
This is still an issue for me. I'm on Mac OS Mojave, 10.14.6, INDD 16.1, and working off of a server. Any INDD document, whether a previous version or newly created file, even without any images, fails to export to PDF seemingly at random. When I close the document, sometimes the export will work after re-opening it and trying again; sometimes it won't. It has never failed when exporting to my desktop.
Problem clearly has multiple possible sources. I was able to solve it by tracking down long file-paths for some images. moved the files closer to the root folder (shorter path) and relinked. Then I was able to export to pdf again.
Steve Blackwell commented
I got the same message and tracked it down to one solitary text block in a 112 page document. Why would one text block cause this problem?
Gerben van Erkelens commented
This is happening here also since the last update. No problem on laptop but workstation gives continuous PDF export errors for every file I want to export. I've literally uninstalled the entire Creative Cloud suite and used Adobe's cleaner tool afterwards. the problem persists though :S. Not sure what i can still do to fix it.
samantha suter commented
Still having this issue. I cannot package a file, so now I cannot send my work to the client and I'm going to miss my deadline. Extremely frustrating! Help! Any workarounds?
When exporting a large hi-res pdf for print, make sure that the "Create Tagged PDF" and "Optimize for Fast Web View" options are UN-checked in the PDF export dialog.
Doug Shemilt commented
This solution by anonymous fixed this issue for me:
"I had this same issue and I found the culprit, for me at least. Some of the links a colleague had placed had file path names that were excessively long. I am not sure of the character limit on overall paths or individual file names but I found several ridiculous ones in my document, renamed and resolved the issue. "
I just changed the width of the Name column in Windows File Explorer to find the most obvious super-long files. Luckily I only had 10 or so files of crazy length, as there's no way of sorting by name length
I'm having the same issue, but I'm working off of a server. When I export to my desktop, it works. INDD 16.0.2
If this was fixed in May then why is it happening to me all of a sudden in December? I am up to date, and no link, fonts or image issues when exporting. Just can't export pdf, or package with a pdf.
Debra Johnson commented
Have we established if this error occurs when the InDesign file is located on a server, or saved locally?
Is it something to do with the containing folder's permissions?
It's weird how some people say that small PDFs work but high quality PDFs fail? Is there a problem with the large postscript file that's generated in the background?
This is a bug. I was able to export a "print quality" pdf with no downsampling, as usual, from an INDD 2-page file. But when I tried to export only one page of the exact same file, created as a different INDD doc, I got an empty white 5kb pdf. Restarted, cleared IDD preferences, restarted again, no luck.
Adobe, please fix it.
Why does it say the issue has been fixed when clearly so many people have this problem? It's really frustrating...
I had this same issue and I found the culprit, for me at least. Some of the links a colleague had placed had file path names that were excessively long. I am not sure of the character limit on overall paths or individual file names but I found several ridiculous ones in my document, renamed and resolved the issue.
@amaarora , is this issue solved? I am using in design 2020 . I have no error in my document I still cant export in pdf. Why it is happening?
Mack McCoy commented
It's not fixed, still happening in 16.0.
Hello, I'm having the same issue with 15.1.2. I've tried multiple different export settings, I've tried saving as an IDML file and exporting, I've tried exporting different files. I'm getting the "PDF Failed to Export" every time. I have no link/font errors in my document. I've also tried exporting to different file locations because I thought it might be my network right away. It won't export to any file location. I've restarted my Id app, and my entire computer. Please help!!
I am getting the same error. How do you fix this? Any work-around? I need a pdf asap.
Warittha Dumkaew commented
I had the same problem with another file in April 2020 can't find any solution and again now September 2020 I still have the same problem.
So I track down to export page by page and found that some of the page error, can't export. and the page that has a problem doesn't show a sample on the thumbnail also.
but if I export with PDF/x-1a: 2001 and PDF 1.3 suddenly work but some text missing form the pages that damage.
Such an annoying program, why do I still pay for it
This bug is still occurring in 15.1.2