InDesign 2020 won't overwrite PDF
Since updating to Indesign 2020 I can't overwrite pdf files from the export menu it says 'file is still open' when it's not. Yet another thing broken on the yearly beta test.
Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.1.2
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 still face this problem.
Adobe InDesign Team
it's still a problem. Indesign 15.0.1 did not help. Mac OS.
Mac OS. After update to 18.104.22.168 we still have the same problem to overwrite PDFs on SMB shares. InDesign seems to hold the exported PDF open until you fully close InDesign.
I've updated to 15.0.1 as well and still have the same issue. I can overwrite a PDF that's been there for a while, but not one that was just recently created.
Jannus Walda commented
From The Netherlands: It seems to work very well!
2019 seemed to have been updated, but 2020 (15.01) is now working as it should. Thanks!
I just updated to InDesign 15.0.1 and it is still doing the same thing. Same message. If there is a PDF in the folder you can not over write it.
yes we are all experiencing this in our team of designers - very annoying and frustrating and then having to find it's a known issue is more time wasted. PLease fix asap Adobe.
This is a HUGE inconvenience in my position! I overwrite PDF's all day long for proofs, what a pain! PLEASE FIX FAST!
Do we know when an official non-beta update will be released
The problem persist with the last export opened in adobe acrobat.
Say for example I exported Name1.pdf and I opened in acrobat then re-try to re-export? won't overwrite the doc. But let's say I work on the same file one with bleeds and another one without bleeds? it will overwrite the one previously open on acrobat but not the last one opened in Acrobat I don't know if it makes any sense of what I'm saying.
Works now with the beta, thanks ...
This is incredibly frustrating. Is this a pro release? Cata on a Syno NAS ...
Mark Windsor commented
@Ravi Kiran – Any progress? This is incredibly frustrating. Thanks
This issue affects more than just overwriting an existing PDF that is saved on a Windows network. It is also affecting incremental saves for my InDesign documents as well.
Additionally, we have found that multiple users can open the same file concurrently. The feature to lock other users out and prevent them from opening a file that is already in use is malfunctioning.
My OS: Mojave 10.14.6
Creative Cloud: 2020 versions
Network: Window File Server
Kristin McMahan commented
ALSO HAVING THIS ISSUE!!!! It's quite irritating to have to delete the PDF every time I want to save it. Trying to save over old versions on my company's server. I have a similar issue when trying to overwrite .png and .psd files in Photoshop.
Chris J. Haaland commented
Same issue here. Immediately after updating to Indesign 2020.
Dan Waisley commented
Our University Marketing team can also confirm this occurring on Mac machines to both a Linux SMB file server (Dell Isolon) and to a Windows SMB file share.
We are having the same problem in our office with PDFs and Indesign files when we try to save overwrite. We have been changing the name of the file and saving and then trying to delete the old file and it says its still in use! Any help would be very welcome! It is slowing our work pace down.
I cannot overwrite PDFs on the same day, because of the attached error. This occurs when the file can be closed and when the program is closed. You have to delete the PDF before you can reserve it.
The same here ... 2020 Indesign on macOS High Sierra over smb Synology NAS. Save and overrite on desktop works without problems.
updated CS a few days ago. Sure wish I would have seen this thread first. Having the same problem everyone else is reporting.