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When exporting from ArcMap to Illustrator
I have been using the clipping masks (which represent the extent of the view) and bookmarks (in ArcMap) as a way to align things in Illustrator, especially when something needs to be revised (and re-imported) or added to a map.

I have been annoyed since these don't always match, the extent rectangle (clipping mask) is dependent on the size of the window/screen, the size of the ToC bar/pane (with the list of layers) etc. If I add another docked toolbar to the view window, then the extent changes...

So here is the tip - use a rectangle (using the drawing tools) in the background instead!
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A methodology I recently started using for preping my GIS data for MapPublisher import goes like so:

1) Figure out extent of map
2) Draw rectangle graphic defining extent area in ArcMap
3) Use XTools to convert graphic to shapefile
4) Use some custom python to batch clip all of my input data datasets to my new extent shapefile
5) Import clipped shapefiles into Illy using MapPublisher, setting them to the extent of the extent rectangle (import that one first)

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If you switch from 'data view' to 'layout view' and keep your page size and extent the same - everything will line-up while using the clipping mask. I will typically change the data frame to a 'fixed extent' to prevent unintended shifts.

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