How to avoid creating PDF files exhibiting the colorspace error, and how to view such an offending file despite the creation error. I am trying to download a brochure from the internet but receive a message ” Invalid ColorSpace”. I previously did manage to download the. , Product: XtraReports Suite, Type: Question, Subject: Adobe reader reports ‘Invalid Color Space’ when opening a PDF.

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If I open the. Sounds like a corrupt file. How was the file created? How were the graphic elements in the file created? How were the graphic elements incorporated into the file you are pdfing? I have a same problem with one file.

File was created with open office writer 3. Is it corrupted if it cant be opened with adobe reader or when? Looks to me that adobe forgot something about standard in new version of their pdf reader applications. I have read somewhere that that error usually means that one should update reader, so I did to latest 9. Onfeldig wonder if anyone can spot a pattern emerging here? While we strive to have our products read ANY PDF file – even those that are invalid and broken according to the ISO standard – sometimes we simply have to throw up our hands and give up as its just too broken.

This is the case with the files produced, under certain circumstances, by Colkrspace 3.

You can use any of the available PDF validators on the market be it coloespace Adobe or colorslace to see that the files themselves do not comply.

That is a good start. However, you have not explained why ogneldig files work perfectly on earlier versions of Adobe Reader but fail on later versions? For example, the attached file works perfectly on Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.

I just tried it. This rather makes a nonsense of your “file is too broken” suggestion methinks. Nor have you explained why it has taken Adobe almost a year to address this issue? Hardly the response of a corporation that ” strives to have our product to read any PDF file “, is it?

With regard to updating my blog. I believe Adobe’s response to this problem has been slow and ineffective and that its customers have every reason to view it with the utmost suspicion. Moreover, there is already a link to this forum so that my readers can see your response. Therefore I see no need to update my blog, until you fix the problem! However, I am keen to help you resolve the issue and I have attached a test file to assist you in investigating the problem further.

Please colorsspace me know if I can be of any further assistance. It just cant be to broken to not be displayable at all. The choice i made to use PDF format cost me some ongelvig at college because my ongrldig wasn’t accepted on time. Probably In future I will not be so sure that everybody can display pdf document and see it as I do. The are other multiplatform formats too. And if file is not compliant to standard as Adobe claims, than it certainly isnt problem with color space as error suggests and wastes users time checking on color space.


If it is true that files are not ok according to standard than reader should display file and warning that colorepace does not conform to standard as it claims to, if that is the case. Displaying the error about colorspace and not displaying file at all while other reader do that without any problem does not indicate good will even to support format adobe invented.

I really think that you should get different attitude colorspaace support of your own format.

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Because other readers do, and as I said it is your invention is it not? It would do much better to company image to display non conforming to standard warning and display file than this missleading colorspace error and doing nothing about it, while as I said other colotspace do better.

I hope you see that. I thought I would wait a week to see if Adobe actually does anything about this.

As you will see, I also went to the trouble of attaching a test file to help Adobe track down the problem. Yet, despite my best efforts, all Adobe has done so far is to put a post on this forum calling me ” backwards ” and demanding I change my blog!

Perhaps if Adobe spent more time addressing its technical problems and less time insulting its customers, then it would be abe to create more reliable and trustworthy products.

Sadly, one can only draw the conclusion from this fiasco, that it is very unwise to trust Adobe colodspace with important archive data and that one should be looking at accountable, open source alternatives instead.

Only some computers raise the error, and only some of the time. My own machine has Adobe Professional 8 and I don’t get any problems Standard acrobat reader version in our enterprise is version 9, though I have a feeling that’s probably it.

Has anyone followed this up with OpenOffice. We generate our own PDF using iText. We stumbled on this problem when we used PNG pictures. It worked when we converted them to JPEG. PDF files generated and used locally also co,orspace the same problems – as do files read via http, sshfs and email.

I came across your thread because I was searching for a solution for same error, as I was just on a call with a user having the same problem. That error came up, and colprspace form in question wouldn’t display correctly. The form came up fine after that. I am not sure if your situation is identical to mine, but it may be worth a shot. I am not sure if this is the right way ls seek help for this error. If not, please re-direct me so I can join this thread.


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I have the same problem having received the Invalid Color Space error. It only happens intermittenly and usually goes away if I try again a few times to get the document to load. I am running Adobe Reader 9. One of our members had the same issue.

I un-installed and re-installed Adobe Reader and that seemed to diminish the frequency of error messages, changing them from all the time to about 1 in every 4 tries to open a pdf file. I see this problem is not new. Wonder why Adobe has not published a fix instead of saying-try this, try that? I had the same problem with a PDF I had up on a web site.

I removed that action and the error disappeared. You have saved me a lot of headache.

Invalid ColorSpace error in PDF files in Acrobat or Reader

Transferring the file in binary mode when uploading it by ftp solved the problem!!! You don’t have JavaScript enabled. This tool uses JavaScript and much of it will not work correctly cloorspace it enabled. Please turn JavaScript back on and reload this page. Please enter a title. You can not post a blank message. Please type your message and try again. I have a pdf file I need to send out to members via a link in an email.

This file will not open using the link. Collorspace error message I get is: There was iis error processing a page. Invalid ColorSpace What is wrong with this file? What can I do to make if accessible? If this is not the right forum ongeldiy post this I am sorry, I am having trouble knowing the which one to get help with this from. This content has been marked as final. Anyone ever figure this out PDF file with color space error message? Message was edited by: All the open source readers, Evince, kPDF et al also worked perfectly – and still do!

Adobe has largest market share for PDF readers but is concerned by the increase in popularity of free, open source PDF creators because Acrobat, its own PDF creator costs an arm and a leg and is highly profitable. PDF files produced by free, open source PDF creators are now effectively rendered useless, especially for long-term archiving purposes. Moreover the problem remains unfixed and ignored for many months.

Please update your blog accordingly. This ongelidg still a major problem! I will also follow up this issue in the OpenOffice bug reporting forums. It looks like this issue is solved in OpenOffice 3. We also tested colorsace earlier version on Ubuntu 8. Go to original post.