Export to PDF or AI looses graduated symbol layer but JPEG and PNG don't

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11-06-2012 08:14 AM
TomCarpenter
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Not sure this is the right forum so, if not, pls advise.

I'm exporting a map with a layer using graduated colors for a polygon file.  If I export to JPEG or TIFF the colors come across fine.  If I export to PDF or AI, they aren't there at all (including the borders).  Haven't tested other formats.

What's interesting is the Legend colors for the layer display fine.

Thanks

Tom
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LucasDanzinger
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So the layers don't show up at all? Could you upload the .ai and .pdf to here? Also a jpg for reference of what it should look like would help.
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TomCarpenter
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These are the jpeg and pdf.  The upload said the AI file, even at 72dpi, was too large.  It displays the same as the pdf.  I can zip it or put it up on a web page if its important to see.  Also didn't upload the png but it does display the layer, same as the jpeg.

There are only 2 layers in this map.  The graduated color layer which is on top of the larger district layer.

I very much appreciate your help.

Tom
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TomCarpenter
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I've done some further testing.  The problem happens when the field attributes are exported.  If I just export layers things work as expected.

This is the first time I've been learning about preserving layers and fields when exporting to PDFs.  Are there some cautions I need to learn?
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JimW1
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You should give yourself a check for 'question answered'.

I ran into this same problem last year but I couldn't remember the workaround. Thanks for posting the solution.
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TomCarpenter
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Thanks for the confirmation, however, I'd like to learn here (I am new at geoPDF).

What's being worked around?  Am I learning that enabling PDFs needs to minimize layers and/or fields?  I can imagine that that practice is good from the user's perspective, but does it also effect things so that PDF might not produce the layer?

There is a warning that lots of fields can cause performance problems.

Has anyone see any tutorials that go beyond just the mechanics of these exports and address the considerations?

Tom
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