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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?

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    Question Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?
    Hello!

    I tried searching the forum, but I couldn't really find an answer. I hope someone can help me. Please, save the flaming about PC vs. Mac.

    I have created a PDF in Adobe Photoshop CS 3 on a PC, and I sent it out via email to a bunch of people. Everyone that uses PC can view it fine and it looks great, but the people who use Mac can only see the graphic design (background, colors, frames etc) but no text. It is like the text is invisible or 100% transparent.

    I was using the Century Gothic font, and then I tried changing to Arial. I'm using a PDF/X-1 standard and embedding all fonts (and even if I did, shouldn't it display a default font???).

    Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

    Thanks!

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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?

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    Same problem
    Hi. I have the same problem. I've had my MacBook for some years now, but recently every PDF I open, only have graphics and no text. I'll have to copy the text to a Word document and change the color there to black so I can read it. Anyone have a solution?

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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?
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    The next time you open a PDF document, (assuming you're using Preview and not another application) go through the settings and preferences. Take a look at the font setting.

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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?
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    I'm not sure what the problem is but "rendering" the fonts would have solved the issue.

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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?
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    Are they using preview or adobe reader?
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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakkebo View Post
    Hi. I have the same problem. I've had my MacBook for some years now, but recently every PDF I open, only have graphics and no text. I'll have to copy the text to a Word document and change the color there to black so I can read it. Anyone have a solution?
    You can download and install adobe reader or itext to read pdf's just fine. Preview which is built in should have no problems reading pdf's also.

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    Can't view PDF text on Mac iBook?

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    Invisible text on Mac in PDF solution
    I read this on a forum and worked for me:

    Using Adobe Acrobat Pro, I exported the form using "Export Data" to a XML and then imported it back from XML-file with "Import Data". Those commands are under Forms/Manage Forms Data

    This is the link to the post: Adobe Community: Invisible text in PDF form

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