Indesign performance issue : Bad performance when using span columns in InDesign/InCopy
Windows 7, CC 2015.4 and CC 2017.0
Windows 10, CC 2015.4 and CC 2017.0
macOS 10.12, CC 2015.4
even CS6 versions are affected...
STEPS TO REPRODUCE
1. Create an InDesign document with several pages
2. Define the text frame options with two columns
3. Link all frames and fill with placeholder text
4. Create a new paragraph style with the option "span columns" (e.g. title)
5. Define several parts of the layout with the new paragraph style
6. Edit some text near the paragraph style
--> the performance while typing is very very bad!!!
InDesign and InCopy should still be usable when a layout file was built using either "span column" or "split column" (e.g. using a paragraph style > "Span Columns").
Very bad performance - working is NOT possible anymore
Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
We have been able to improve the performance with span columns but it is till work in progress.
Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the incremental fix.
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Jonas Madsen Rogne commented
CC2020 (latest update per 12/19-2019).
I have 16 pages (1 flow with 1 text box per page), 2-column left-aligned text, some titles and footnotes are spanned. It is quite slow to edit, even on a fast computer.
BUT turning on "balance columns" makes it an order of magnitude slower. It seriously freezes for 2 seconds if I ask it to change the *color* of a single letter (nothing should even need to reflow). I have to turn this off while editing, then turn it back on and check everything after I'm done. This is very annoying and time-consuming.
I don't know what it was like before CC2020, but if this is the performance *after* it has been improved then I'm not impressed. Perhaps they should talk to the FrameMaker team. There I can have hundreds of pages of balanced columns and spanned titles and it doesn't even blink when making large changes that would cause all the text to reflow...
philippe kaufmann commented
Any news on this?
Same, CC 2018 (caused crashes and document corruption too) and CC 2019 14.0.2, MacPro (late 2013), MacOS 10.13.6.
When using Span Column for headers, editing text anywhere in the document (headers, body text, and footnotes) becomes extremely slow, each letter typed taking several seconds to appear. When I change the header paragraph style to Single Column, the typing lag disappears. (If I change only the current header to Single Column, the lag remains; I have to eliminate Span Column from the entire document for typing speed to be normal.) Gets even slower the longer the editing session goes on. Per Adobe chat rep I reset prefs, updated to CC2019, latest Windows update, and updated video card driver, to no avail. I'm using recent PC with Intel quad-core, 64 GB ram, Windows 10. Seems many others are having this issue with Span Columns. For prof book designers the slowdown makes InDesign virtually unusable. Turning off Span Columns and creating separate text boxes for every header is a huge hassle. Please fix this.
ID 2019 is still unusable when using span column and multiple columns. Typing takes 5-6 seconds to respond before each letter appears. I'm a book designer, so I can't NOT use multiple columns with spanned headers! Unacceptable.
I'm considering switching to another software!... Looking for an alternative to InDesign...
For me, that function would be very useful. But unfortunately, the bawdy brakes are going on using it. I'm in despair!!!
philippe kaufmann commented
Hey Adobe, please fix this!!!
If a solution was still not found, then remove these features!
[Deleted User] commented
The same here. Indesign CC 2019 is still unusable with Column Span and 10+ Text Frames.
I've had the same experience. I'm using CC2018 (on Windows 10, if that makes a difference) and the issues have not been fixed. As convenient as Span- and Split-Columns are, they make editing the document nearly impossible. I sure hope they find a fix for this, but after so many years, it doesn't look like they can or care to fix it. :(