Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by jgold723 » 17 Jan 2008, 13:32

I recently upgraded my Adobe Acrobat to version 8, from version 6. I'm finding that if I open and modify a PDF file in either 7 or 8, then save it, I cannot import it into Quark 7. I get a "cannot import file due to unknown error".

Anyone else having a similar problem?

John

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by eyoungren » 17 Jan 2008, 13:43

Not me, but I'm using Acrobat 6 Pro and XPress 6.52. It's my understanding that Xpress 7.x will only import PDFs up to Acrobat 6 (I think I am being generous as it may only be Acro 5).

So, when you make edits and save your PDF you are now saving a higher version. Which XPress can't import.

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by jgold723 » 17 Jan 2008, 13:55

Hey -- thanks. That's good to know, but kind of strange, since Acrobat 6 is ancient (although it looks like I might have to go back to it).

To the folks at Quark -- are you updating the program to accept Acrobat 7 & 8 files?

Thanks again,

John

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Post by eyoungren » 17 Jan 2008, 14:04

Well, XPress 6.x will only import Acrobat 5 PDFs without transparency. Effectively, XPress 7.x has improved. :wink:

You will probably see the import capability of Acrobat 7 and 8 PDFs when XPress 8.x comes out. :wink:

Don't put any money on it before then as Quark is using a non-current version of JAWS to handle PDF import and export.

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by migman » 17 Jan 2008, 14:14

I don't usually place pdfs in Quark, but I gave it a try. A PDF I made with Acrobat 8 placed in Quark 7.31 viewed on the screen and printed without problems.

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by eyoungren » 17 Jan 2008, 14:24

From a review I found after a quick Google search:

XPress 7 supports PDF files version 1.6 or earlier (that's the format saved by Acrobat 7 and Illustrator CS2).

The review here.

That's a slightly higher reported version of Acrobat than others I was finding. Maybe it's a matter of complexity? I don't know.

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by chandlerbing » 03 Mar 2009, 05:49

I've been wondering about this forever. I typically have been saving pdf files from Acrobat as eps to make them importable, but this offers a potentially better solution:I can save as optimized pdf from Acrobat and choose Acrobat 6.0 and higher compatibility. That makes it import fine. But now I notice that the pdf sometimes has transparency issues. A drop shadow which looks fine in the pdf, for instance, has a white box around it in the preview in Quark, and when we process our final pdf for press out of the Quark file that white edge is there. It seems like I'm stuck. Either I process as eps and it flattens the drop shadow to 150 ppi, no matter what I do; or I save as pdf compatible with Acrobat 6.0 and it gives me white edges. Is there any way around this dilemma?

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by chandlerbing » 03 Mar 2009, 06:01

Actually I just thought of another option which seems to work.If I export from Acrobat as pdfX1a it seems to retain the resolution I want and doesn't give me the white boxes around drop shadows. So far.

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Problems importing Acrobat 7 & 8 pdf files

Post by charlieartist » 04 Mar 2009, 05:43

That's normally the best way of doing things, I found. When supplying press-ready art as PDF, I normally select the X1a designation, regardless if Quark or ID.To deal with the importing PDF issues, I, as a rule, run all PDFs through PitStop (to check for any issues), then save the certified PDF as an EPS to place in Quark. If all else fails, I simply rasterize the PDF to place at 600dpi, and place the resulting TIFF.That is a definite advantage with ID--I only run Pitstop, and place the resulting PDF.Hope this helps!

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Post by eyoungren » 04 Mar 2009, 06:10

Just a note here. The PDFX1a standard is PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4). Note also that Acrobat 4 does not allow for transparency. Acrobat 5 does, but that does not conform to the PDFX1a standard.
Also, note that I am referring to the 2001 PDF1xa standard and not the later 2003 standard of which I do not know much about. So, if the 2003 standard is what you are using then things may be different.

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