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Topic: Help! Using Color Shading in PDF?
Conf: (P-PDF) Beginners, Msg: 79830
From: megtrent
Date: 1/18/2003 05:59 AM

Do you all use color shading of text in your PDFS?
If so how do you accomplish it?
I'm using Win XP, Acrobat 5.05 PDFmaker and Word 2000.

My small areas of yellow shaded text look fine in Print Preview with Distiller but some of the text gets dropped and is missing when I do the conversion with PDFmaker (because I have tons of bookmarks and links that I need to be auto-generated) Only the first line of the text in the yellow shaded area shows - the other sentence or two is missing.

Is there a way to have my bookmarks and links auto-generated (PdfMaker) and still have my yellow shaded text too (Distiller)??

I have been searching but could only find this: http://www.adobe.com/support/techdocs/1ba26.htm
in the Support knowledgebase describing an issue with Word 97 and text missing from Text boxes. says "When it's configured to use Acrobat Distiller, Acrobat PDFmaker is unable to correctly convert text boxes to PDF if they have fill colors applied and they're grouped"
Is this still an issue with Word 2000?

The solutions were to either remove the color!

or to use PDFWriter to create the PDF!

Other threads all seem to advise strongly against using the PDF writer calling it "essentially an old version of Distiller and I do believe Adobe highly recommends using Distiller over the Writer. I know the Distiller is much more "stable"."

"Dunno being more stable, but the resulting PDF file will be so much better.
PDFwriter is totally different from Distiller. PDfwriter uses a non-postscrpt method to create PDF files, which is bad when you are using ps fonts or Open type fonts and any sort of image.

Distiller therefore is postscript always has, always will. (?)
The fact PDFwriter is only available via custom install in Acrobat 5 on Windows and not even available at all for the MAc version since version 5, tells you enough about the future prospects of this piece of software...."

So what's your advice please? Surely there is a way to have my cake and eat it too?
Megan



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