If you are having problems importing your PDF file, or are getting started authoring PDF files for eMagStudio then the following guide is for you. Below is a shortlist of important things to consider or check when getting your PDF ready for use with eMagStudio:

  • Make sure that no other programs have the same PDF file open. Some programs can block file access, and thereby interfere with the operations of eMagStudio 

  • The PDF file should have a web friendly name. Try to avoid local language characters, long filenames and special characters 

  • The resolution of the PDF should ideally be between 150-200 dpi. Resolutions below that can generate blurry output, and resolutions above that can slow down the work and publishing process with no noticeable quality improvement as a result of the higher resolution 

  • Make sure that the PDF file contains pages of almost the same size. eMagStudio will attempt to resize pages that do not match the general page size of the publication, often leading to decreased image quality of those pages 

  • Make sure that the PDF file contains single pages. Double pages will be treated as single pages in the viewer and the reading quality will be severely decreased 

  • Avoid using password-protected PDF files. eMagStudio can handle password protection (if you know the correct password), but removing the password before using the PDF with eMagStudio is the optimal solution 

  • Avoid using PDF files with crop marks 

  • All fonts should be embedded in the PDF file to ensure full compatibility 

  • Avoid creating PDF files directly from Illustrator, Coral Draw or similar programs. Instead, export the files as an EPS file and convert that file to a PDF using a program like Acrobat Distiller or the Adobe PDF printer. Creating a PDF from programs such as Word, PowerPoint, etc. will often result in a PDF that is badly formatted 

  • Additional guidelines for exporting a PDF from InDesign: 

    • Set the PDF Compatibility to version 5.0 

    • In "Compression" settings do the following: 

      • Make sure "Compression" is set to "JPG" and to to "Automatic (JPG)". It is not the same! 

      • "Image Quality " should be "High" or lower 

Following the guidelines above should ensure that you will not run into problems with the compatibility of your PDF files with eMagStudio. For information on making your PDF links from InDesign compatible with eMagStudio, please have a look at this guide on YouTube.