Linked File Size Limits

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Nov 16, 2020 Nov 16, 2020

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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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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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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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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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What exactly happens when you try? 

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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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2020-11-17_7-09-49.jpg

 

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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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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First thing I would try is InDesign 2021.

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Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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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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Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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Nope, 1 artboard, beyond a little text and a few logs, there is almost no vectors in the AI file.

 

Yes, I need to use ID, no way to save a 30 page PDF out of AI easily.  Not to mention, AI often will keep info (images, text, etc.) from layers that are turned off and stick them in the PDF (sometimes you can see them when you edit the PDF or when you first open it).

 

It's the images in the AI file that make it large (yes, they are all linked, but AI files still balloon quickly w previews - NOTE of the jpgs are embedded).

 

 

 

(sorry for the delay, but here we are again, I am forced to make several AI files and jump back and forth between them all.  I am fairly confident Adobe's software gets worse and worse with each update (Premiere stopped running at all and support had no clue after hours, Acrobat barely runs with the new updates, Ps is unstable, etc., etc. No more auto-updates!)

 

 

 

Does anyone have any ideas?  

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Jan 31, 2021 Jan 31, 2021

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One thing I missed in your original post was that this file was 2GB. What in the world is in there?

Try saving as PDF/X-4 from Illy WITHOUT the AI portion of the file. Of course, save it as AI first.

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Why is it saying this is a correct answer?  It is NOT. 

 

How do I change this??

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