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I have ArcMap Desktop 9.3.1 Service Pack 1 (Build 3500)

When I export to a pdf, the program works on it for a while. It will stop and ask me for a file name, but then will crash and send an error report to ESRI.

Has anyone else dealt with this?

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I"m downloading Service Pack 2. I'll post if this fixes my issue.
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is this regardless what it is in the map?
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I sometimes have the same issues depending on the size of the file or the complexity of what is being saved (i.e. large raster images, lots of transparancies, etc...). Here's what I do. In the format tab, I make sure that 'Compress Vector Graphics' is selected and I use LZW compression (no loss in quality). I also select the 'Rasterize layers with bitmap markers/fills'. Also, make sure that 'Convert Marker Symbols to Polygons' is not selected.

Now, if this doesn't work, you can open your Advanced ArcMap settings. This is usually found in C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Utilities. Under the 'Print/Export' tab you can set different size limits. Try increasing your 'Metafile Temp Size Limit' to something larger.

If this doesn't work still. Then export your image in TIFF or PNG so you don't lose quality, then convert it to a PDF in third-party software. I always do this as I see to get better quality results with better compression out of Adobe software than straight from ArcGIS.

By the way, do not alter your virutal memory settings in windows for this problem. You can really create other issues and too many people seem to think that this is how to fix these problems. The basic fact is that the better the specs your machine has, the more likely it is to be able to process complex vectors and rasters.

Hopefully this helps! ;)
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I have the same problem with an mxd that ony has one graphic (no layers) or a complex one.

I installed Service Pack 2 over night and rebooted.

I tried to export a simple map (one graphic, no layers)...
  • I used the settings I had. ... It crashed.
  • I followed W.P.'s suggestions. ... It still crashed.
My next step is a total reinstall.

I've been using CutePDF to print individual maps to PDFs and could live with that. Now I'm planning on using a tool that prints multiple bookmarks (Bookmark Manager 1.4.3) and it would be nice to not have to do them each individually.

I'll post my progress (or not).

Edited by Mark Boucher, 26 August 2010 - 09:28 AM.

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You might want to try to log in as different user (that hasn't used Arc), to start off with all the default settings.
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You might want to try to log in as different user (that hasn't used Arc), to start off with all the default settings.


Can you tell me what settings those might be?
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Everything that gets into your style or normal.mxt, but also including any settings that has gotten into your usual account, due to printer configuration and what settings and customizations you have done to your ordinary user profile.
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