Placing Vectorworks PDF in Indesign

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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When PLACING PDFs exported from Vector Works crashes my Indesign.

The PDFs are 7mgs.

Tried using Jpgs at 300dpi but look too pixelated. 

This project is for a very highend client and needs to look perfect.

I know from looking at your help pages that we are not alone with this issue.

Maybe Adobe needs to discuss this with Vector Works. Have you?

Please respond asap if possible,

thank you

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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I've moved this from the Using the Community forum (which is the forum for issues using the forums) to the InDesign forum so that proper help can be offered.

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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Try another export option that supports Vector. e.g. EPSF.

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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Perhaps if you could attach a sample of such a PDF file, we could analyze what if anything is wrong with either the PDF file or InDesign.

 

Use of EPS should be considered as a last resort.

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Agreed.

If it's a simple file, it may be a viable "last resort" (It's my understanding that Vectorworks exports realllly old Illustrator88 code).

 

As Rob suggests, resaving the file out of Acrobat might fix any nonconformities that may exist in the VW PDF.

 

Here's something you could try if that doesn't work. Try PLACE that PDF in a new Illustrator document. If that successfully places, save as an Illustrator document and try place in ID. this may not solve why the issue was happening, but might get you through for now.

 

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Mar 09, 2021 Mar 09, 2021

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The 300 DPI only looks low res in InDesign.

I wrote an article here - https://creativepro.com/high-res-image-look-low-res/

 

What PDF export options have you got from Vector Works?

 

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Have you tried a Save As out of Acrobat Pro with the Format set to PDF/X?

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