Transparency Problems with PDFs
Posted on 2004-08-11
We're having problems with PDF generation with transparency. We're using:
Microsoft Publisher 2002/XP
Adobe Acrobat 5.0
In the Publisher document, we have an image and a transparent textbox on top of it -- it's a floor plan, and we use the transparent text box to "highlight" sections of it.
When it prints to PDF, one of two things happen:
(1) The transparency is gone, and the textbox is just a big, colored box, which obscures anything beneath it. (I think this happens when we try to use an older PDF format than 1.5)
(2) The transparency remains, but the transparent object takes FOREVER to render when the PDF is displayed. You see the floor plan (the image) right away, but the transparent box on top of it starts rendering at the top left corner of the box, then creeps along a little at a time, left-to-right, top-to-bottom until it's completely rendered. Takes about five minutes.
We are using version 1.5 when rendering.