What exact version of InDesign are you using?
What operating system?
What does that mean "a large file"? In terms of pages for example?
660Mb for a file with embedded pictures does not really shock me. It does not seem to be oversized.
Appreciate the reply,
InDesign CC 2017.1 - Build 22.214.171.124
MacOS Sierra 10.12.4
If relevant, computer has a quad-core i5 3.4GHz, 16GB RAM, SSD and GTX 775M 2GB graphics.
It's one page. The actual size needs to be 9m x 4.5m @ 120 DPI but I created it at a third of the size (3m x 1.5m) and set the DPI to 360.
I have a document with 2.7x8 m which is definitively to big for exporting as a pdf. you are scratching the design limits of PDF and JPEG files with this. For the JPEG file, you need to lower the resolution. I get this message when exporting to PDF:
The PDF is cropped at 5m.
Your specs should lie inside of what a PDF file can be.
I see. But the current document is at 3m x 1.5m -- so wouldn't that be in the correct range?
Tried embedding all the EPS and JPG links on the document, but that didn't change the result at all. After embedding everything the InDesign file size was 660MB.
Try unembedding the assets so they are linked and convert the EPS files to some other format. If they are images save as .PSD from Photoshop, if they are vectors save as .AI from Illustrator.
Update the O/S to 10.12.5. Bug fixes in there that stop some InDesign GPU related crashes.
If that doesn't help, divide and conquer. Export half the file at a time and keep going until you find a corrupt asset.