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René P

[By Design] PDF import incomplete

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Thank you first for all the work done on the different modules.
However, I have a problem importing PDFs. In PDF-XChange PRO 9, I create a simple red square in a new document that I save. I can then correctly open this document with for example:
Acrobat Reader DC, Photoshop Elements, LibreOfficedev, Gimp, Inkscape with Poppler Cairo import for 100% layout, but I never have my red square (neither the red color nor the square, just a blank page) with Affinity, whether the modules are in stable or beta versions. Is there an import setting that I haven't seen?
Thank you for your insight.

Red square.pdf

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Hi @René P,

Welcome to the forums and sorry for the delayed reply. 

That's not actually an object, but an annotation. Illustrator/InDesign do not seem to open it either. This is the expected behaviour. 


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Hello Gabe

Thanks for taking a little time to answer me.

The answer, however, leave me rather unsatisfied.

First of all, nothing has changed with the latest versions. The problem is not specific to a particular module, neither stable nor beta.
The 3 Affinity modules feature pdf support, with no apparent restriction. I do not have the Illustrator / InDesign “reference softwares” but:
-  Since the "little" Photoshop Elements (version 11 or 2020) opens it correctly, it seems to me that Affinity Photo should be able to open it 
-  Since Inkscape opens it correctly, Affinity Designer should be able to open it correctly.
-  Likewise, since Scribus opens it correctly too, Affinity Publisher should be able to too.
If I start to think to myself that in a PDF that I open, some elements may not appear, it bothers me, I don't care if tenors don’t do better.
The problem is not reduced to the red square. Ditto with a barcode also created with PDF-XChange PRO 9.
I add that when I open my file in Inkscape and copy the offending elements there, I can paste them onto the blank Affinity pages without any problem.
That said, that doesn't take away from the tremendous work of the developers.

Red square + Barcode.pdf

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Your barcode has again, the same issue. It's created as an annotation, and not as a proper vector/raster object. The problem is your PDF creator, which does not produce PDFs correctly. 

99.9% of the time PDFs are correctly created with raster/vector data, and no annotations. 

We do not have anything in place to handle annotations, and importing them along with the rest of the raster/vector as they are would be wrong. To have annotations working inside our app, we would need a completely different panel to handle them. I doubt this will be an option anytime soon. 

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The file does not load properly in Photoshop (2021) or Illustrator (2021). In Illustrator the workspace is empty and in Photoshop both objects are shown as one clipped layer.

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