[pdftex] Strange problems with graphics inclusion

Ulrich Dirr ud at art-satz.de
Wed Jun 20 07:53:03 CEST 2007

George N. White III wrote:
> On 6/19/07, Ulrich Dirr <ud at art-satz.de> wrote:
>> Jan Anderssen wrote:
>>> On Jun 19, 2007, at 6:59 AM, Ulrich Dirr wrote:
>>>> Martin Schröder wrote:
>>>>> Am 19.06.07 schrieb Ulrich Dirr <ud at art-satz.de>:
>>>>>> When including some Illustrator graphic as pdf (I've tried
>>>>>> several different methods from the original eps) I cannot select
>>>>>> any text in the pdf with tools like PitStop, all pages seem to
>>>>>> be 'frozen' ... When I omit the graphic everything is
>>>>>> selectable. When I'm running a preflight I got an error saying
>>>>>> that the file has a fatal error.
>>>>> Seems like an error in PitStop. Does it tell you the reason for
>>>>> the fatal error? 
>>>>> It opens fine here in AR7 on Linux.
>>> I can open the file test.pdf without problems in Acrobat 6.0
>>> Professional on OS X, however when I tried to preflight it, I get
>>> "An error ocurred while parsing a content stream. Unable to analyze
>>> the PDF file." 
>>> The file dia1d.pdf by itself preflight without problems, and so
>>> does test2.pdf. 
>>> I don't speak pdf, so I can't be of any help actually solving the
>>> problem. In the short term though, the usual "Save as
>>> PostScript" and re-distill takes care of the problem here.
> Have you tried this with just the image?   That would confirm that
> some \includegraphics "feature" is to blame.

I'd included several versions of the graphic in my zip.
>> thanks, yes I'd tried this too. But I'm still wondering why a
>> standard process -- taking an eps/pdf file from Illustrator and
>> include it in my tex document via \includegraphics -- suddenly stops
>> working ... 
> There are some limitations with \includegraphics -- look for
> the thread on the 3D extensions.

This is a very simple graphic -- a chess board -- and I've used
Illustrator quiet often to edit such graphics place it via
\includegraphics ...
> There are many ways to save pdf from Illustrator -- have you
> experimented with different options?    

Yes (I mentioned this already in my previous mail), I've tried
Illustrator 3, v8, and CS2. Jan also confirmed that the graphic alone
passes the preflight test.

> This might help track down the problem, especially
> if it leads you to a minimal example so we can eyeball uncompressed
> pdf content.  

O.k. I will try to make a really minimal example ;-)

Best regards,

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