Recently while creating a newsletter using PaperTeX class I wanted to use the TikZ package for inserting a background image, but after using the package the resultant PDF is not being loaded completely by Adobe Acrobat reader with error code 110.

Then after searching for similar issues I found out that font loading was paused at 0% and this can happen sometimes when a code snippet not compatible with Adobe is added to a file. This is a security measure by Adobe which prevents users from targeted malwares.

So I wanted know if there is some way to use the TikZ package and still be able to open the pdf with Adobe acrobat reader DC?

Note: I removed all TikZ package references and kept only usepackage{tikz} and still faced same issue. Also if this is a singular occurrence due to PaperTeX + TikZ class then please point that out. Currently I resorted to using eso-pic and graphicx packages.

  • There are many free and open source pdf viewers out there... Did you tried one of them? Was it corrupted too?
    – koleygr
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 14:56
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    papertex is probably doing something that shouldn't do. TikZ is used everywhere.
    – percusse
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 14:56
  • I tried pdflite and and Google chrome I built viewer. It was fine. This is something that Adobe products keep as security check. Our aim is to reach a very wide audience so it should work with everything.
    – Saikat Das
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 15:00
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    I guess you should add a minimal non-working example.
    – user121799
    Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 15:05
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    Sometimes transparencies or shadings can cause such problems. But without a MWE it is impossible to say if this is the problem in your case. Commented Dec 26, 2017 at 16:51

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Figured out the mistake. As pointed out by @samcarter it is an issue with ambiguous opacity setting. In one of the background images I had written

 \tikz[remember picture, overlay] 
   \node[opacity=,inner sep=0pt] at (current page.center)
    {includegraphics[width=\paperwidth, height =\paperheight]{image}};

It should have been

\tikz[remember picture, overlay] 
  \node[opacity=0.5,inner sep=0pt] at(current page.center)
  {includegraphics[width=\paperwidth, height =\paperheight]{image}};

Not defining opacity corrupts the file for adobe reader.

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