InDesign performance issue: Hangs when exporting to PDF
- Latest Indesign CC, Windows 10
- ID would sometimes not finish the export to PDF task and hangs for minutes. It must then be killed in the task manager. During this it constantly consumes a big lot of RAM and CPU power. See attachment.
Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1
In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.
Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.
Adobe InDesign Team
Doug Van Pelt commented
I have all the latest updates for InDesign. The dialog window that opens up when exporting to PDF is open, but in the background where I cannot see it. If I hit ENTER it is effectively hitting the EXPORT or SAVE button and the PDF creation commences. I'm glad I can still create PDFs, but I am missing the dialog box where I can select crop marks, bleeds, and page ranges, etc. How can I get this to appear again?
I had my document ripping all weekend and it seems to be frozen at 100% complete. Says its finishing but It's doing nothing. I'm afraid to check the PDF because I don't want to corrupt the file and we don't have time to re-rip it. What can we do?
iMac 5k + Indesign 2021 + Big Sur = Error exporting pdf... does Adobe prorate the frustration time spent troubleshooting their apps?
Nope. Have the same problem still with the latest inDesign 15.1.3 consistently hangs at 97% when trying to export.
I am running InDesign 16 & Big Sur and it crashes on saves at least once a day -- getting tedious! Any fixes in my future?
Minor Mogul commented
Latest update (I write on 2020-10-13) still has this problem.
same here! my indesign (15.1.1. 64bit), which i reinstalled over an over again keeps randomly hanging/crashing. Windows 10 is showing "inactive" in the task manager details and I have to kill the task to restart the app (but no real crash is happening since windows protocol doesnt show any errors). It is a real struggle to work like this. It crashed randomly when exporting to pdf (via shortcut) ...
Running on a lenovo p71 - 32 gigabyte DDR3 ECC RAM - nvidia Quadro P4000 - Intel XEON E3 1505M v6 3.00 GHz 8core processor.
Rene Hofman commented
Also indd 15.1.1 won't create a pdf, keeps on hanging at 4% in the background tasks for more than 30 minutes yet. Canceling the background task keeps on canceling and won't close. You can't close indd because a background ask is performing. How to solve this?
Same here with InDesign 2020 (updated) on a Mojave machine. stuck on "generating pdf".
This is a real issue, any fixes?
Newest Update didnt fix it. I got crashes by hitting cmd+e for export several times a day. Need to restart indesign to get back to functioning export. Happens often ...
Please do something!
Gareth Moore commented
I have never had this problem before, but in the latest release I get it all the time - and if you do a series of exports from the same document it gets progressively slower on each export too, even for the same pages.
I've not had exports hanging with previous versions, but InDesign has always been unstable after exporting and would frequently crash in the 5-10 minutes afterwards.
well.. indesign 15.0.2 is still hanging in export at 90%.
Alexa Viscius commented
PDFs will not export unless I restart computer several times.
Sorry. No. I have InD 2020, 72GB RAM, 8-core i9, and a completely non-corrupt document with no preflight issues and THE PROBLEM IS STILL SO VERY MUCH THERE. PLEASE TELL ME WHY InD NEEDS 100.8 % of an i9 processor to try (AND FAIL) to export a PDF!
D Ster commented
My export has hanged for past 2 days. Because of which I am not able to export other PDF not I am able to shut my PC. Please help me in solving this problem.
Anssi K commented
I'm having problems with this as well. Lost one and half days trying to troubleshoot this. Exporting to PDF never finishes (stops at 62 %) and trying to change footnote options crashes InDesign.
Consistently happening with large file exports using InDesign CC 2019 on Windows 10 Pro. Hangs at 99%, doesn't open PDF but PDF seems to be complete (though I usually force quit and re-export as this fixes the issue rather than trust my document is ok for print). Can't close the background task so InDesign has to be quit using the task manager.
Jana Rekosh commented
When I package an InDesign file the process freezes as it attempts to make a PDF. I have to force-quit InDesign. The files are collected. Is there any way to turn-off the PDF portion of packaging?
I use CS6 and it freezes more and more often. It always created a corrupt pdf after the failed export.