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InDesign issues importing AI file "Failed to open PDF file" error

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Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

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I just updated ALL Adobe Creative Cloud apps a few weeks ago.  I used InDesign to make an interactive brochure last week- no issues whatsoever.  All pages were "placed" directly from an existing multipage AI file and it worked perfectly.  

 

Today I tried to create another almost duplicate brochure from last one using an almost identical AI file from last week and I kept getting the attached error, even if the file wasn't a PDF but an AI file.  All settings are the same as the last file I was able to create successfully.  I even tried saving the AI file as a PDF but still got the same error.  Any insight on this issue?  I've never had it happen before.

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Community Expert , Nov 11, 2022 Nov 11, 2022

Also, you place (File > Place) an AI Illustrator file. You don't open it (File > Open).

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InDesign places PDF files. It  cannot open PDF files.

 

 

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Also, you place (File > Place) an AI Illustrator file. You don't open it (File > Open).

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AN AI file is technically a PDF file and is seen as such one.

As other wrote, do not open but place external files.

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If you are placing them, use show options when doing so. There may be a setting in there that won't apply to your file which can throw this error. That setting is sticky.

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