Exporting a Drawing as an .AI (Adobe Illustrator) does not save file

Adobe Illustrator is often used as an export file type of drawings due to it's ability to work with vector graphics. Similar to .DXF and .DWG, it can be used to generate paths for manufacturing and printing. Many people like to save .AI in a 1:1 scale to preserve the true length of these paths, but there is an export limit for .AI files.


When you try to save, if no file is created but it appears the save is complete, this is most likely caused by the sheet size being too large. Both .AI and .PDF files are limited to 200" x 200".


This can be confusing as saving a PDF that is larger than this limit will produce this error message:



This message does not appear when saving as an Adobe Illustrator file. If nothing saves, you need to check to make sure your drawing size does not exceed this limit.


If you are still having issues with the saving, please contact Hawk Ridge Systems technical support at 877.266.4469 (US) or 866.587.6803 (Canada) or email us at support@hawkridgesys.com

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