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Adobe® Illustrator® crashes during import of PDF files due to too deep nesting of groups or too many layers.


When importing a PDF file with many layers (more than approximately 28), Adobe® Illustrator® crashes. Sometimes, Adobe® Illustrator® does not crash but imports the file only partially and a warning is given in the Messages palette about a too deep nesting of groups beyond the limits of Adobe® Illustrator®.

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Applies to

 DeskPack for Adobe® Illustrator® 16.1.2

Created 18-Sep-18
Last revised 
Case Number CS00967287

What is a Hotfix?

A Hotfix is a software package that you can install on an existing installation of our software. Each hotfix contains fixes for one or more known issues in our released software.

Because there is always a small chance for a hotfix to cause new issues, you should only install Recommended Hotfixes, unless otherwise instructed by your Esko Software Support team.