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
I am on version 15.1.2 and still having this issue. Also on a deadline, tried many of these tips to resolve before I came here. This is deeply frustrating.
This same error comes when I try export 2 files with text and pictures. . 53 pages. version 15.1.2
(picture in finnish, but error is Failed to export the PDF file)
Has anyone else found a resolution to this? I saw someone below said they saved as a new indesign file in a completely separate folder from the original, and same with the pdf export, saved in a totally separate folder, and that seemed to work. Wondering if anyone else tried this successfully?
I still have the same issue with InDesign 15.1.1
Aws Hamad commented
Updated and all. Still not working! fix this. Some people have deadlines and jobs on the line...
Khaled Monir commented
I have got the same issue with the latest update!
Just installed lateste versjon 15.1. The bug is still there. This is not good enough, Adobe.
Ebony Johnson commented
No just installed ver 15.0.3 and I now have this error. Never before.
The fix didn't work. It still brings up and error panel with no error code or explanation. HELP!!!!
Even the solution you provided. It doesn't work I try everything already. I wonder why I spend so much money on the program that doesn't let me finish the work and waste my time
6 months in the works. Really amazing job, Adobe.
I lost half my annual subscription waiting for one fix.
David Packard commented
I'm having the same problem, but with InDesign Server 15.0.2
The same script works fine in InDesign 2020, but fails in IDS.
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