Client has supplied a PDF that is 35m x 20m. I suspect it comes from a map making programme.
Adobe Acrobat size limit is 5m x 5m. This means I can only view a small portion of the file. I just need to open it so I can shrink it. Dropping the PDF into an Indesign doc places a 4.9m x 4.9m blank box into my doc.
Try making an image box in Indesign that is 1:10 of the PDF file (35mx20m = 3.5m x 2m
Place the PDF file in the box. It should place with the upper left corner of the image in the upper left corner of the box. Using the white arrow, select the image and set the scale corner selector at the upper left dot. Then tell the image to be 10% (be sure to check the aspect ratio link is on.)
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
I’d try that first before trying to use the Fitting commands.
It may be that Adobe won’t even read an oversized PDF.
Sometimes in those map programs an .eps or a .svg might be available as an export option, along with a scaling factor. You might try requesting that if the image box in Indesign thing doesn’t work.
Something that large is going to choke Illustrator though.
Did you wait a bit (like a cup of coffee’s worth of time) for the image to populate? If it’s an intense vector image, you are gonna need a bit of ram time for the image to render.
It may just be too much though.
Smaller image is probably the best option.
Hmm…I didn’t wait that long, once the rainbow beach ball disappeared it was a blank image (which I exported as another blank image) but I’ve just tried it again. I will just leave it for a while in the background to see if anything pops up.