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PDFs From ArcPro asking to save non-existent changes

Question asked by eggerikt on Jan 16, 2020
Latest reply on Jan 17, 2020 by MBDriscoll

Hello everyone,


I've noticed that PDFs exported from ArcPro always ask if I want to save changes (despite no changes being made).  The Save message from Adobe reads "Do you want to save changes to "xyz.pdf" before closing?".This happens with PDFs that were generated manually (via Share->Export Layout) or generated from Arcpy's exportToPDF. I have tested that this doesn't happen with PDFs generated from ArcMap, and I don't see any settings in the online documentation that might prevent it. Have even tried some Adobe-specific fixes, but to no avail.  


This gets to be very tedious and frustrating over the day. Has anyone dealt with this, and if so, have you found a solution?   MentioningJeremy Wright  here, as I've seen him chime in with helpful advice on a couple of PDF-related threads


All the best,




Layout—ArcPy | ArcGIS Desktop 

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exportToPDF (out_pdf, {resolution}, {image_quality}, {compress_vector_graphics}, {image_compression}, {embed_fonts}, {layers_attributes}, {georef_info}, {jpeg_compression_quality}, {clip_to_elements}, {output_as_image})