Problems again with
PDF/X export in InDesign?

Some time ago I reported on a solution for a problem with the PDF/X export in InDesign CC 2019.

With the update to InDesign 14.0.1 released on 19.11.18 (according to Adobe) the problem should also be solved.

Now, several readers have recently reported that the problem has reappeared in the latest version CC 2021 (version 16.1). (Unfortunately I can currently not reproduce the problem since I have to stick with an older MacOS version because of customer project.)


Two readers were able to bring back to live the export options for PDF/X-3 and PDF/X-4 by changing the color settings or reassigning a CMYK profile.

Please let us know in the comments (below) if you have also experienced this problem and if the suggested solution was able to fix the problem… Thanks!

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2 thoughts on “Problems again with <br>PDF/X export in InDesign?”

  1. The problem can be readily fixed in the current version of InDesign by going to Edit=>Color Settings and changing the setting from Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off to whatever color settings you need. There is apparently a problem in migrating the settings / preferences when you do the most recent version update, especially on MacOS.

  2. Hi Stephan,
    I think I found the reason for that issue.

    I noticed that CSF’s folder was unexpectedly empty.
    (/Users/yourusername/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Color/Settings)

    I got CSF’s file back, synchronized again and now colour settings are saved permanently.

    Thank you very much for your kind reply.

    Best Regards

    Denis Salicetti


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