Highlights completely obscure text when printing documents


I understand that few people print things out these days (and this is part of the reason it took me 2 years to notice this bug, unless it was introduced recently), but the fact of the matter is that PDF documents that contain MetaPDF highlights do not show the highlighted text when printed out. The context shows as completely covered by non-transparent highlights. Is this the expected behavior?

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I printed a PDF, and ALL the important sections (highlighted) were obscured. This seems quite a significant issue, in my opinion.


That looks like a bug. Could you send one of the affected PDF to andreas@papeprile.com? Thanks for your help.


This is still a problem. Here’s how MetaPDF highlights look like when printed:


@andreas I don’t know if I did it in the past, but I’ve just sent you the PDF.


I found a workaround.

Rather than printing from the Chrome browser:

  1. In MetaPDF, File > Download File
  2. Open file in another application and print from there, e.g., Preview. Do not use Chrome. This seems to be a Chrome-related issue. I opened and printed from Firefox, and the text was not obscured.


Unfortunately, this workaround didn’t work for me.


Never mind - it looks like the old highlights obscure the text no matter how I print the document, but those created more recently print correctly. I don’t have time to test to confirm, but that’s what it looks like.

@andreas would be good to have some “official” comment on what is the expected behavior at this moment in time.