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Old 05-09-2006, 02:18 PM   #1
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HI

I'm working on a book with many very hi-res images, and the document has gotten very big quickly. I'm wondering what might be the largest size I should let a document get to be, for safety.

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Old 05-10-2006, 05:09 AM   #2
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Are you keeping the book in chapters, and using the book feature in ID to link them? Are you linking the images rather than embedding them?

How big is the file already?

(And you thought you would get answers here.)
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:22 AM   #3
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hi there,

well, I have never used the Book mode, though I'm going to check it out and start using it, but I was afraid to start at the end of this project. So, no it is not in the book feature. The images are linked. A weird thing that happened, which happened in Quark too, is that when I take out images it doesnt get smaller until I resave and rename. So one of the problems was solved with that, because it was adding the old file size to the new images.

The size it ended up being was about 123M.

Now do you have answers? ;-)
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:56 AM   #4
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Well, using the book feature is a solution if you are afraid of the size. Even if you are part way through the book, stop at a chapter break. Make a backup of the file. Rename the backup as a new file. Open it and delete all the pages. Then add new pages as needed.

(Doing all this will keep you master pages and styles intact.)

Then you can create a book file. Add the first part and this part, and now the new part will be numbered correctly for folios. Continue working on the new part, and at least your old part won't get any bigger.

There is probably a way to use a lower quality of image preview that should also reduce the file size, but I don't have ID here at work, so I can't find it. Of course, if high resolution files are important to you for cropping or overlaying text on images, then this is not of much use.

Back to the original question, I don't know if there is a top end to file size (I know there is one for page size, but it is far beyond anything that can be bound by a printer). But huge files are a hassle in many ways, and using the book feature can help combat that.
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Old 05-10-2006, 12:33 PM   #5
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well, I will start using it, I heard it was great. Thanks for all that info.

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