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On OS X, a simple workaround is to re-save the Mathematica-exported PDF with Preview.app before placing it. Simply open it in Preview and press ⌘-S. I did try processing the PDF through several other programs, but Preview was the only one that worked with all files I tried without destroying them. Some others worked only with PDFs containing no ...


It looks like setting Compatibility: Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3) in the Save Adobe PDF dialog in Illustrator solves the issue (checked with Illustrator 17): In the resulting PDF file the transparency is flattened without rasterization (here "Untitled-1.pdf" is PDF file generated by Illustrator from blank document where the Exported file "pl.pdf" was Placed): (* ...

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