Identifying Errors

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ICC profile

  • ICC profile missing in PDF/X OutputIntent
  • PDF/X Output Intent without embedded ICC profile
  • The PDF/X Output Intent does not have an embedded ICC profile.
  • PDF/X Output Intent is not set to _____ This ad may not have been converted to the right profile
  • Output Intent for PDF/X missing
  • Alternate color space not DeviceCMYK or DeviceGray
  • RGB, or Lab was used or Source Profiles have been tagged to objects (also listed under PDF Standard)
  • Uses device independent color
  • Object uses RGB

Find instructions on how to fix these errors here: ICC Profile

NOTE: If you use Specle Colour, you do not need to install profiles for individual publications. Find out more about Specle Colour here.

Ink coverage

  • Effective ink coverage is above 300%
  • Parts of this page have an effective ink coverage more than 20% higher than 240%
  • Large regions of this page have a total area coverage of more than 240%
  • Large regions of this page have a total area coverage of more than 280%
  • Parts of this page have an effective ink coverage more than 20% higher than 300%
  • Large regions of this page have a total area coverage of more than 300%

Find instructions on how to fix these errors here: Ink Coverage

NOTE: If you use Specle Colour, ink weight errors are corrected automatically. Find out more about Specle Colour here.

pdf standard

  • PDF version is newer than 1.3
  • PDF/X entry is not “PDF/X-1a:2001”
  • PDF/X conformance level entry not PDF/X-1a:2001
  • The PDF/X-1a or PDF/X-3 entry in the document information must contain a correct value for identification of the respective PDF/X standard
  • The PDF format version number in the PDF file header is greater than 1.3.
  • PDF/X version key missing
  • Document title empty/missing
  • Compressed object streams used
  • RGB, or Lab was used or Source Profiles have been tagged to objects (also listed under ICC profile)
  • OutputIntent for PDF/X missing
  • PDF/X version key (GTS_PDFXVersion) missing
  • Trapped key not true or false
  • Transparency used
  • Layers used

To fix these errors, please ensure that the PDF Standard is set to PDF/X-1a:2001 when you export from InDesign:

font

  • TrueType font used. TrueType fonts are not supported by this publisher
  • Glyph width info in PDF does not match width info in embedded font
  • Character refences .notdef glyph

To fix these errors, please outline your fonts in InDesign before exporting:

size

  • This ad is not the right width and is not within the tolerance that the publisher accepts
  • This ad is not the right height and is not within the tolerance that the publisher accepts

To fix these errors, please ensure that you make your ad to the sizes listed on Specle. Click on the ID button next to your required size on the Specle publication page to download an InDesign template:

resolution

  • Resolution of color and grayscale images is less than _ ppi

To fix this error, please use a higher resolution version of your image, and make sure you do not stretch the image as this will lower the resolution. For magazines the minimum ppi is 265, but ideally the ppi should be 300. For newspaper the minimum ppi is 100 or 150, but ideally the ppi should be 250.

Miscellaneous

  • Crop marks are required. An area of 10 mm from the trim must be included
  • This ad has Trim Marks or Slug Area. The MediaBox is not the same size as the TrimBox or BleedBox
  • This file does not have the correct amount of Bleed
  • The BleedBox of this ad is not correct. It should have a BleedBox of W _ x H _
  • Bleed has been added to this ad
  • Page has TrimBox and ArtBox (but must only have one of this)
  • Registration color inside BleedBox (>0%)
  • Registration color inside TrimBox
  • Text is close to the edge of the page
  • Spot color is used
  • Document Contains Actions
  • Number of pages is unequal
  • White vector object is not set to knock out
  • White text is not set to knock out
  • CropBox not equal MediaBox

Find instructions on how to fix these errors here: Other Errors

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