I've setup a web map that allows a user to export to PDF using an MXD template I created, but the text and symbols are all messed up. However, if I export to something like PNG, it looks okay.
Any idea what could be causing the PDF to not export correctly? I've read about different fonts like Calibri causing problems, but I'm using Arial.
Our server is currently running Windows Server 2007 with ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS for Server 10.2.1.
Try the export options at the bottom when you export the map to pdf
The Picture Symbol drop-down list allows you to select the method used to render picture marker symbols. Choose the Vectorize layers with bitmap markers/fills option to convert the raster markers/fills to polygons. This will prevent rasterization of the map, at the expense of some details of the bitmap marker/fill. The option to rasterize marker symbols is also available. The Convert Markers To Polygons option controls whether marker symbols that are based on font characters will be exported as text or as polygons. Check this option if you plan to view the output on a machine that does not have the appropriate fonts installed, but you cannot embed the fonts due to licensing or file format restrictions (AI cannot embed fonts). On PDF or EPS exports, use the Embed All Document Fonts option instead. Note that having this option enabled effectively disables the Embed All Document Fonts option for font-based marker symbols in formats that support embedding. -Exporting your map
On PDF or EPS exports, use the Embed All Document Fonts option instead. Note that having this option enabled effectively disables the Embed All Document Fonts option for font-based marker symbols in formats that support embedding. or the Convert Markers To Polygons option sometimes helps
Hey Ian, Have you tried printing to a PDF writer instead? It will flatten the output considerably though, if all you need the pdf image it works for me often with smaller file size.
I see, so are you using code to export to a PDF then? I guess it does this manually as well... I would have to test on my end and cannot at the moment, sorry. Anything different about that text (annotation, labeling engine, font, etc?)
It's all very similar to this guide, but more customized for what we need:
And there's nothing different about the text. If you compare the two images above, you can see that the pole / light / fuse symbols are also missing from the PDF version. Very strange.