Linked File Size Limits

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What is the file limit size that can be linked?  I have an Illustrator file that I've used to design the pages, then link into InDesign for exporting.  The file is now more than 2 GB and will not link.  Linking a smaller file works correctly.

 

Is there a work-around for this?  I can't easily separate the file into multiple files as many of the pages are designed along the way.

 

 

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Correct answer by Luke Jennings3 | Adobe Community Professional

If you are working with many artboards, you may want to split it into several files (duplicate the .ai file, then select and delete the unwanted artboards). If you have complex patterns, which may be the source of the error message, you may want to simplify the objects in Illustrator (Object> Path> Simplify) or save the complex patterns as a high-res image, otherwise your printer might have problems in their rip. You could also save as a PDF and run an Acrobat preflight to Convert smooth lines to curves before placing into InDesign, these methods should reduce the number of vector anchor points and reduce the file size.

Do you need to use InDesign? If your pages are already properly set up in Illustrator, why not save as a PDF, using the Illustrator default settings? You can optimize in Acrobat, if you need to reduce the size.

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Linked File Size Limits

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What is the file limit size that can be linked?  I have an Illustrator file that I've used to design the pages, then link into InDesign for exporting.  The file is now more than 2 GB and will not link.  Linking a smaller file works correctly.

 

Is there a work-around for this?  I can't easily separate the file into multiple files as many of the pages are designed along the way.

 

 

Thanks

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Correct answer by Luke Jennings3 | Adobe Community Professional

If you are working with many artboards, you may want to split it into several files (duplicate the .ai file, then select and delete the unwanted artboards). If you have complex patterns, which may be the source of the error message, you may want to simplify the objects in Illustrator (Object> Path> Simplify) or save the complex patterns as a high-res image, otherwise your printer might have problems in their rip. You could also save as a PDF and run an Acrobat preflight to Convert smooth lines to curves before placing into InDesign, these methods should reduce the number of vector anchor points and reduce the file size.

Do you need to use InDesign? If your pages are already properly set up in Illustrator, why not save as a PDF, using the Illustrator default settings? You can optimize in Acrobat, if you need to reduce the size.

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Hi displaced7,

interesting. What's your exact version of InDesign and version of operating system?

Maybe that limit points to a limit in your operating system?

 

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Uwe Laubender

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What exactly happens when you try? 

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That's the error I get.  When I decrease the file size, it will work again (and other linked files work correctly).

 

I am on Windows 10 and ID 15.0.2

 

 

No limits on my computer - 64GB ram, SSD, etc., etc.  I work with 10+ GB files all the time, the only problem is InDesign (and it's extremely frustrating, to say the least).  

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First thing I would try is InDesign 2021.

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If you are working with many artboards, you may want to split it into several files (duplicate the .ai file, then select and delete the unwanted artboards). If you have complex patterns, which may be the source of the error message, you may want to simplify the objects in Illustrator (Object> Path> Simplify) or save the complex patterns as a high-res image, otherwise your printer might have problems in their rip. You could also save as a PDF and run an Acrobat preflight to Convert smooth lines to curves before placing into InDesign, these methods should reduce the number of vector anchor points and reduce the file size.

Do you need to use InDesign? If your pages are already properly set up in Illustrator, why not save as a PDF, using the Illustrator default settings? You can optimize in Acrobat, if you need to reduce the size.

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