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How do I fix " Error: failed to augment uploaded PDF file."
Christopher Brooks, 2 Apr 2014
Last updated: 2 Apr 2014

If you get a message:

Error: failed to augment uploaded PDF file.


  1. open the pdf in the full version of Adobe Acrobat, click on File -> Save As -> Optimized PDF...
  2. Rename the optimized file to the name of the file that was uploaded.
  3. Upload the file again

What is happening here is that prepublication PDF files get augmented with text that says "DRAFT" and a header. Sometimes the augmentation fails. Using Acrobat to save the file as an optimized file cleans up problems in the pdf file