When placing a *.ai in InDesign, InDesign auto-crops the frame if part of the Illustrator artboard is empty. Even if I outline the Illustrator artboard with a no-stroke, no-fill rectangle, InDesign will lop off the part where it sees no ink.

Is there a way to have InDesign respect the Illustrator artboard size?

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When placing an ai file

  1. Check the checkbox Show options and
  2. Then in the new modal window, select Crop to: Crop

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  • Once you set this once using Place <kbd>⌘+D</kbd>, it will continue as the default for other placements, including via drag-and-drop.
    – Merchako
    Nov 3, 2017 at 16:08

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