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I often receive PDF files which show up as either blank or with blank lines in Preview. Earlier I used to open them in Adobe Acrobat Reader to see the content; however now I've found a better way.

You can open them in Google Chrome -- Chrome uses its in-built PDF reader which shows the content of the PDF file correctly.

I'm not sure why this happens, however it has happened with many PDF files - especially ones which have filled-in forms.

[crarko adds: I don't recall encountering this problem myself, but here is another tool to try if you do.]
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A way to handle some unreadable PDF files
Authored by: cuban321 on May 19, '11 08:09:22AM

I see this more and more often. I wish either Apple or Adobe would get their @#%% together and get this fixed.



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A way to handle some unreadable PDF files
Authored by: enigmamf on May 19, '11 08:32:15AM

I had some PDFs generated from an Ubuntu box - I couldn't read them anywhere (Preview, Reader on Mac or PC, Adobe Reader). My only solution was to install VirtualBox, create an Ubuntu virtual machine, open them in its native reader, print to a postscript file, copy that back to the Mac, and convert that to a PDF.



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A way to handle some unreadable PDF files
Authored by: chabig on May 19, '11 09:15:25AM

Adobe Acrobat Reader became just Adobe Reader years ago. Are you using an old version?



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A way to handle some unreadable PDF files
Authored by: Spliff on May 19, '11 11:03:47AM

I've received a couple of these and I opened them in Acrobat Pro. It turns out that they had graphic transparency layers that Preview was unable to display. Running them through Acrobat's preflight option resulted in compatible PDFs.



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