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Poor text quality in PDF Export from Pages 09

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Dylthedog Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Aug 19, 2011 5:51 AM

I've just spent two days working on a Document in Pages 09 and I'm really dissapointed by the text quality when exported to PDF, it's just not commercial quality or even close.


Using the standard export method pretty much all of the Arial text looks apalling - poorly rendered and very crunchy - it's mostly at 10 or 11pt. As I've read elsewhere it looks fine in Preview but I'm afraid the readers of the document will be 99% Windows users with Adobe Reader - and there it looks terrible (and in Adobe Reader for Mac, too).


I've also tried the the print>postscript>open in Preview>save trick and that does indeed render the text much better for my Windows friends but it has introduced some other artifacts in all viewers (Preview included). Where I've added a shadow to some white type on a red background the area around the type comes out a different shade of red and where some type flows around a graphics the first 3rd of all of the letters closest look 'dragged down' like I'd printed it and the printer smudged the ink.


I thought I'd use Pages over Word on my work PC because, well, Word isn't great for drop-shadows - now the very thing that isn't working in Pages export! Word certainly produces better text when saved as a PDF though...


So, I could delete the drop-shadow on the front page but what about the graphic and the wrapped text? Major redesign. I can't try a different font because Arial is our corporate standard.


I've read a few threads along the same lines but don't see any real answers - unless it's just as simple 'that's it - use something else next time'. Have Apple themselves commented? Is it registered anywhere as a bug? Is a fix on its way?


I like Pages but without decent PDF output it's just (for me) become suitable only for printing flyers for a garage sale.

Pages 09, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Aug 19, 2011 6:54 AM (in response to Dylthedog)

    Apple published a technote dedicated to shadows and PDF.

    More, we explained here many times that when shadows are used, the standard filter used apply the 72 dpi rez upon these shadows.

    I posted several times the infos required to get and install filters using a 300 dpi res.

    2011_08_19 à 15.50.15.jpg

    Sometimes I'm wondering if askers are able to read carefully.


    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) vendredi 19 août 2011 15:54:04

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  • ytimon001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 12:56 PM (in response to KOENIG Yvan)



    I have the text export problem (I haven't used shadows yet).

    When I export from Pages to PDF, the text looks terrible.

    I've tried printing to PostScript and then exporting to PDF but that just has the same effect.

    Please help!!


    Thank you

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 1:05 PM (in response to ytimon001)

    Try different fonts, there appears to be an issue with some formats. Especially fonts that Ms Word for Mac has dumped in the system.




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