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Neal P. Sharma

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Hi Folks,

I have had difficulty troubleshooting this via Google search so I thought to ask whether anyone here might be able to share some knowledge. I use ArcView 10 and wanted to touch up a map in Illustrator CS4, so I exported the Ai file and went to open it only to receive this error message:

"can't open the illustration. the illustration ended unexpectedly

Offending operator: "XI"
Context:
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Have any of you run into this before? Just yesterday I was able to execute this process with no issues but today seems to be full of error messages, with this being the most confusing.

I would appreciate any thoughts you might offer.

Regards,
Neal P. Sharma

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Hi Folks,

I have had difficulty troubleshooting this via Google search so I thought to ask whether anyone here might be able to share some knowledge. I use ArcView 10 and wanted to touch up a map in Illustrator CS4, so I exported the Ai file and went to open it only to receive this error message:

"can't open the illustration. the illustration ended unexpectedly

Offending operator: "XI"
Context:
é

Have any of you run into this before? Just yesterday I was able to execute this process with no issues but today seems to be full of error messages, with this being the most confusing.

I would appreciate any thoughts you might offer.

Regards,
Neal P. Sharma


Hi Neal,

I do frequent Arc to AI work but have never seen that error before. Was this a particularly big export (large area or very hi DPI)? If so you may need to make some adjustments to the extent or resolution. Does your map export contain any rasters or any transparency's? Any layer with a raster or transparency on it will cause Arc to rasterize all the layers beneath it, increasing file size and eliminating vector editing on those layer sin AI. If this happens on the top level everything will be rasterized, which could equal no "illustration"? Not sure. You might also try exporting as an EPS file or even a PDF, both of which can be opened in AI.

Good luck,
Dave

ps, nice to see another Bay Area map maker on the board (and one from the peninsula too).

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Could it be that the file didn't complete successfully? I have never seen that, and I export to AI all the time, including very big files.
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Hi David and frax,

Thanks for your responses. The file sizes did not seem unwieldy, especially compared to some files I have worked with in the past. I was also fastidious in making sure I turned off all transparency in an attempt to make layer preservation as fluid as possible. The error message did make me believe that the file export was not completed successfully.

I tooled around with different things for quite a while and believe I found a work-around. I am not sure this was the implication of the original error message, but when I exported the map to a different server I did not have any problems. I believe the first server I tried had some issue with the export process (the aforementioned server is critically low on space -- again, not sure if this would cause my original problem).

By the way, thanks for the kind words, David. I have read your posts and seen your work on here before (the maps look great).

Thanks again to both of you.

Best,
Neal




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