I have created an artboard in Illustrator with the same dimensions af an InDesign document. But when I place my Illustrator file in my InDesign document, the length is off (not the height though!)

Illustrator file: enter image description here

InDesign document: enter image description here

What am I missing? It's driving me isane.

UPDATE: It seems InDesign is cutting off the right side of the graphic, even though the frame is the same size as the artboard:

InDesign: enter image description here enter image description here

Illustrator: enter image description here

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    Check the size of that graphic frame and the graphic inside it. Maybe one of them has been resized or maybe the graphic inside the frame has shifted. In the more recent versions of Indesign, it's super easy to make that mistake where you try to move an image, accidentally drag it from the center and end up moving the graphic instead of the graphic frame. Having Auto-fit checked could cause it too. I'd find it much more helpful to debug the issue if the placed image was like a photo, so I could easily see if anything is off. Like if it's been stretched or copped.
    – Joonas
    Sep 13, 2018 at 8:43
  • Frame and graphic are the same size and are placed correctly. There is nothing outside the frame or the artboard. However, I found out that InDesign seems to cut of the graphic in that end, even though the frame as big as the artboard.
    – mlynnerup
    Sep 15, 2018 at 8:02
  • Is it possible it's a white object on top? I didn't mention it before, but the Indesign image before the update seems to show a light blue border between the orange and the white, which would indicate some sort of frame edge... Locks could make such object untouchable. It's not visible in the updated Indesign image though.. — What if you try to make a completely new document and place the graphic there? Also is it possible for you to package the document and like Dropbox link to the file so we can take a look. You can strip it down to this orange graphic and one page if necessary.
    – Joonas
    Sep 15, 2018 at 10:00
  • I literally just created a blank InDesign document and placed my Illustrator file in it. So there shouldn't be any objects in it. Also if I move the placed object the what border follows with it. If I select the object inside the frame, the selection shows that the object isn't bigger than what is insert (see the new image the original post). Thanks for trying though.
    – mlynnerup
    Sep 16, 2018 at 15:19
  • I'm completely baffled. The graphic frame clearly extends to the full width of what the graphic is supposed to be. In this new screenshot we can see the graphic is cut off as if it was never that wide. This should not happen, because you can't crop the graphic without the graphic frame, you can only stretch it. Without fiddling with either of the files, I can't really say much more. This should absolutely not happen. I'm pretty convinced this is a bug. Perhaps doing a preferences reset could help.
    – Joonas
    Sep 16, 2018 at 15:52

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Is there live text, clipping masks, etc, in Illustrator or is it really only a color-filled box?

I suspect there's text..

Live text tends to add to the left side of the "art". So when placing into InDesign, one needs to import the AI file using the "Trim" or "Bleed" options for the import. File > Place and tick the Show Import Options tick box. Or hold the Option/Alt keydown when choosing File > Place.

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Then in the second dialog window, choose Trim or Bleed under the Options/Crop to

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  • I have tried all of this. Unfortunately it did not help.
    – mlynnerup
    Nov 26, 2018 at 17:29

Check if the element have been placed outside the artboard, just try to drag it to the right.

Also, check if it have been placed inside a placeholder frame, then you could just make that frame bigger.

And you could also try to just copy/paste from Illustrator to inDesign.

Let me know if it works for you!

  • As you can see in the updated post, this is not the problem. However, InDesign seem to cut off the graphic for no reason...
    – mlynnerup
    Sep 15, 2018 at 8:07

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