HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message! 
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 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!

Hello all, I attempted to search the archives, and did find some hits on this error message, but unfortunately, no advice for resolving it. What is happening is some Acrobat 5.0 users and Reader 5.1 users are attempting to open PDF files located on a LAN via MS Internet Explorer. (File\Open\Browse to the location and changing the Files of Type to All Files to see the PDF file at the chosen location). When the user clicks on the PDF file, an Acrobat (or Reader) error "Expected a dict object" appears and the IE screen remains blank. If the users open the pdf within either the Acrobat or Reader application, it opens successfully. We have a client who likes to open his PDF files this way, so I would like to resolve this issue (rather that telling him to open the pdf in Acrobat or Reader).

Mark Eichelberger

Sat, 25 Jun 2005 20:52:39 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!

I too am getting the "expected dict object" error message. My circumstances are different however.

I have a PDF file that I link to from an HTML page (either from a CD or my hard drive). The PDF file was created by FrameMaker 5.5.6, produced by Acrobat Distiller 4.0 for Macintosh, PDF version was 1.3 (Acrobat 4.x).

I get the "expected dict object" error message only when using Microsoft Internet Explorer (all recent versions up to 5.5)

Netscape opens the file with no problem and does all recent versions of Acrobat Reader.

I did not create the PDF file and don't have any way to modify it, so I am stuck.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

Mon, 27 Jun 2005 07:42:03 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Morey, thanks for responding. Unfortunately, so far, no postings for resolving the issue...sigh...

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 04:18:20 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
From what I can tell, this error happens when the PDF file is larger than expected and is truncated somehow.

I wonder if either increasing the disk space for temporary internet files or cleaning out the temporary folder might help. That's the only thing I can think of -- at the moment -- that would be specific to IE and might be affected by file size.

Try it and let us know if it helped or not.

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 05:46:27 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Suzanne is right, it has to do with "htdig configuration"
See section (3) at <>

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 17:09:18 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Thanks for responding. I read the link on htdig configuration and pasted in the following:

"These errors occur when the size of a document exceeds the max_doc_size
attribute of the htdig configuration.
If this happens, increase the value of max_doc_size in the config file."

I am not sure how to increase this value. I did go into the IE settings and I did increase the disk space size to use for Temporary Internet files to the maximum value of 8054 MB and I cleaned out the Temp folder, but I still get the error message. Am I missing something?

Tue, 28 Jun 2005 22:34:09 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
How large are the PDFs that create the problem? Maybe they're hitting this error for some other reason than file size.

Wed, 29 Jun 2005 01:51:14 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!

      >the PDF in question is only 8.5 MB

Do you have larger PDFs that work OK? (Though 8.5 Mb is not an unrealistic size...)

What is in the offending PDF, and how was it created (what originating software/version, what exact steps to generate the PDF, in what Acrobat version, stored in what environment -- you mentioned LAN but that is a bit vague)?

Wed, 29 Jun 2005 03:02:33 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Suzanne, the PDF in question is only 8.5 MB so I thought that increasing the disk space to 8054 MB would certainly be more than enough! Which leads me to think that something else is causing the error.

Wed, 29 Jun 2005 02:52:31 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
I went over to to see if this issue came up anywhere. There are a few potentially useful suggestions there. The most hopeful one is in the Forum area, under (P-PDF) Developers, titled "What's wrong with this PDF?" written on Wednesday, May 29, 2002.

(Sorry, I don't know how to provide a link to that; it's in a registered member area anyway, but registration is free.)

Basically, it says that if you're using incorrect addressing in the code (VB, I think?) that error message might be returned. It also suggests using Ctrl+OK in Acrobat to diagnose it.


Wed, 29 Jun 2005 03:25:47 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Suzanne, another PDF that is 9.5 MB opens fine in IE. Both source documents were created using FrameMaker 6.0. The resulting PDF is created from within FrameMaker via Adobe Distiller 5.0. Any modifications of the resulting PDF are then done with Acrobat 5.0 Within our organization, all PDF documentation is stored on a shared server and all employees have a mapped network drive to that server. It is this location that I am browsing to via IE.

Thanks for the tip on Planet PDF. I had completely forgotten about them. I am registered there, so I will give it a shot. Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate it.

Wed, 29 Jun 2005 06:04:23 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
just a thought...
Can you reproduce that locally as well ?
(download the PDF to your HD and then try and open it through the browser !)

If yes, open the PDF in Acrobat and reprint it to Distiller to generate a new file....try and open this new file within the browser... does it work ??

Tue, 05 Jul 2005 20:12:05 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
When you print to Distiller you will never get bookmarks and links.
You can only get these by using the Word button/Acrobat menu.

Aandi Inston

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 22:52:02 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
Running the offending pdf through Distiller does appear to work. I am able to open up this new pdf using IE with no "dict object" error. However, the new pdf file no longer contains bookmarks or hyperlinks. Is there something in the Distiller settings (that I overlooked) that will retain the bookmarks and links?

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 22:44:22 GMT
 HELP! "Expected a dict object" error message!
If that is the case, then the cure is worse than the disease.

Would you recommend I rerun the original Frame document through Acrobat to recreate the pdf? Do you think that performing this could eliminate the dict object error?

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 22:58:20 GMT
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