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Why do I always get transparency error when I export to PDF? [closed]

asked 2013-04-07 16:36:53 +0100

AndersB gravatar image

updated 2020-07-27 11:44:07 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Trying to export a odt-document to a pdf file. I want to embed the fonts so I checked the PDF/A-1a box. But then I always get an error message box complaining about PDF/A-transparency. I tried removing potential problems and ended up with an empty document and still got the error box! The file is converted ok but because I want to batch convert loads of odt-files to pdf, the error message box is the only problem. LibreOffice 3.6 and 4.0 behaves in the same way.

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close date 2015-11-02 03:06:42.769846


I also have this question - what is the solution? I'm using os10.11.2 and LibreO 5.02

craig_S gravatar imagecraig_S ( 2015-12-17 14:21:22 +0100 )edit

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answered 2013-06-06 03:46:24 +0100

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updated 2013-06-06 04:02:17 +0100

The OP does not mention which OS they are using or LO version. The basic problem here is the warning message about transparency, which appears to be a bug. Old closed bug fdo#40618 seems to be the same issue, however I am going to raise a new one (EDIT: fdo#65439) and let the developers sort out whether this is the same issue from back then or not.

As mentioned by @AndersB and @SKelem, for v4.0.3.3 no combination of settings under Tools > Options... > LibreOffice > Print will get rid of this message when exporting to PDF/A-1a. Even a new document containing a single character (e.g., "a") produces the warning so it is not apparently related to embedded images.

The statement, "I want to embed the fonts so I checked the PDF/A-1a box", makes no sense as a font subset will be embedded in any PDF exported from Writer.

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The last sentence is probably because the OP has read about Word, as the only way to embed fonts there is to check PDF/A compliance.

lapo gravatar imagelapo ( 2015-10-11 11:41:36 +0100 )edit

answered 2013-04-07 17:32:16 +0100

m.a.riosv gravatar image

There are options about print transparencies in:


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answered 2013-06-06 02:27:11 +0100

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In LibreOffice, turning the Printer Warnings settings ON for Transparency, gives a warning when at least one of your images (but they don't tell which one(s)) has transparency.

If you turn OFF the Printer Warnings for Transparency, then you STILL get a warning when at least one of your images (but they don't tell which one(s)) has transparency.

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