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PDF files exported from ArcGIS 9.0 cause errors or unexpected results when they are merged, inserted, or manipulated by third-party applications. They display normally in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
A defect in the exporter causes the stream length of compressed vector graphics to be incorrect, which causes some third-party applications to fail.
Uncheck the 'Compress Vector Graphics' in the Export Map Options dialog. This is found under the Format tab.