Adobe InDesign: Bugs

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  1. Scrolling too slow

    Adobe needs to improve scrolling speed. When using the slider, InDesign can't keep up with it.

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  2. Proportional Scaling, Duplicating, Moving objects aligned doesn't work anymore!

    I updated to Indesign 2020 … now: Proportional Scaling Using Shift+Mouse does not work. Duplicating using Alt+Shift+Mouse does not work. Moving objects in same Line using Shift+Mouse does not work.

    These are critical features – why won't they work anymore?
    Even in Indesign 2019 they don't work anymore since the update …

    5 votes
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  3. Slow performance

    Lately InDesign is nearly unusable. Almost every action from selecting objects, resizing objects, or moving objects comes with a really slow reaction time. Even when clicking between panels in the toolbar there is a delay of about half a second.

    I have tried ruling out potential issues like updating graphic drivers and embedding all resources into the document. Nothing works it seems like the application is just unstable. Please advise, I love to work with indesign but this is overall a very bad user experience.

    5 votes
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  4. InDesign doesn't display files or any kind of Interface I can work with.

    InDesign doesn't display the files I want to work on.
    InDesign Version I use is 14.0.2
    Steps to reproduce:
    Open InDesign by clicking on the app icon or double click an InDesign file, none works.
    Expected result: To see the file I want to open and be able to work on it.
    Actual result: InDesign window seems hidden and doesn't display my file which means I can't edit it.
    I tried to clear preferences & cache but there's no InDesign file in the cache folder.

    5 votes
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  5. Indesign causes screen to enter a strobe flicker effect and no choice but to shut down

    Sometimes when I drag a text box to a different position the screen starts to flicker then goes crazy - like a strobe effect. It's applied to all software that's open and there is no choice but to have a frenzied time trying to shut down applications and saving work before the screen either goes completely blank or white. There is no choice but to restrt the imac.

    It happened around 5 times in the space of an hour and then won't happen for weeks.

    iMac - Intel Core i7 - 4 GHz - Memory 32 GB - AMD Radeon…

    5 votes
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  6. InDesign performance is ****

    The actual performance of InDesign is, speaking gently, ****. I really don't know how you can release such a buggy version. I'm doing nothing on my machine except writing this text and InDesign is using more than 500 % of my CPU and the fan of my graphic card is going nuts!

    Calling the actual version "production ready" is a joke. I am really disappointed about Adobe. The only program actually which is really good and performing is XD.

    5 votes
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  7. Key Commands not working

    Sometimes when I open up an InDesign document none of my key commands work (I'm on the most up to date version of InDesign CC).

    I end up having to close the file and restart the program to get them to work again. I have had instances in the past where I have 2 documents open at the same time and the key commands work in one but not the other.

    Does anyone else ever have this issue?

    5 votes
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  8. spinning ball every minute

    InDesign CC 13.1
    When using InDesign, doesn't matter which file, or file size, every minute on the minute I encounter a spinning ball for 10 seconds.

    I use InDesign for a majority of my work, so there is almost an hour of work time lost each day.

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    Hello All,

    Thank you for your patience all this while.
    We had launched our investigation into the matter to get to the root cause of the problem. As the part of our investigation, we had reached out to many of you personally over email.
    We have concluded our investigation and have come up with few findings.

    1. For many of the users the issue got fixed after updating InDesign to a newer version.
    2. For some, the issue got resolved after disabling a third-party application such as Suitecase fusion etc.
    3. For few, the issue was intermittent and is no longer reproducible.
    4. For majority of the users, the underlying cause of the performance issue was identified to be related to span columns, cross-references, third party plugin etc.

    We have created separated threads for these issues and we are now working towards resolving them.

    However, over the time this thread…

  9. InDesign CC ability to "constrain" with keyboard shortcuts lost

    Using InDesign CC 13.1, since latest update (5/31/18) all attempts to "constrain" with time saving keyboard shortcuts do not work as before. Shift to constrain horizontal or vertical position when moving an item. Command, Option, Shift to constrain while enlarging or reducing images. Cannot constrain in Illustrator with keyboard shortcuts either.

    5 votes
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  10. Problems saving Indesign CC 2018 files directly onto a server

    I have an issue saving Indesign CC 2018 files onto our server.

    I have attached two examples of the error messages we get.

    The only way we can work is to save the Indesign file, on to the Desktop and then moving over manually.

    We have installed the latest version of Indesign CC 2018 and MacOS High Sierra (Version 10.13.2).

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    5 votes
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  11. Gray box replaces images

    Adobe InDesign 13.0.1
    Mac OS 10.11.6

    Today for first time, I had three similar 8-page newspaper documents open and one of them displayed only a gray box where the front page photo (full page image) had displayed before. I tried checking all display settings and could not bring the image back. Meanwhile, other full page ads got gray boxes also. The other two documents displayed similar content with no problem.

    I quit InDesign, and re-opend problem document. It then displayed all of the images properly.

    5 votes
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  12. [InCopy] is very slow with some projects, even on a very fast Computer

    We often see a pretty significant drop in performance in InCopy for no apparent reason. This seems to occur on random Projects. As far as i could test there was no correlation with the number of InCopy Files or the complexity of the layout.

    5 votes
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  13. beachballs

    Beach balls, beach balls and beach balls and wait for the next move in indesign. We do not find a solution to this problem on the Internet. Can Adobe solve this?

    5 votes
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    Hello All,

    Thank you for your patience all this while.
    We had launched our investigation into the matter to get to the root cause of the problem. As the part of our investigation, we had reached out to many of you personally over email.
    We have concluded our investigation and have come up with few findings.

    1. For many of the users the issue got fixed after updating InDesign to a newer version.
    2. For some, the issue got resolved after disabling a third-party application such as Suitecase fusion etc.
    3. For few, the issue was intermittent and is no longer reproducible.
    4. For majority of the users, the underlying cause of the performance issue was identified to be related to span columns, cross-references, third party plugin etc.

    We have created separated threads for these issues and we are now working towards resolving them.

    However, over the time this thread…

  14. Find/change: Search popup—not all options show

    Many times, I have gone to the Find/Change dialog box and not seen any options in the Search popup other than "All Documents or "Document."

    "Story," "End of Story," etc. are missing.

    5 votes
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  15. Locked text and image boxes

    Text and image boxes are locked to the page and can't be moved with the mouse, only with the arrow tools

    5 votes
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    Need more info  ·  ansjain responded

    Hi all,

    Can you please provide some more information to help in reproducing the issue at our end:
    - InDesign version
    - OS
    - Language
    - If document specific, please share a document with me
    - Starts happening after doing some particular steps, please let me know what all things you were performing before this issue happens

    Appreciate your help in reproducing this issue.

    Thanks
    -Anshul

  16. CEPHtmlEngine

    CEPHtmlEngine (as seen in activity monitor)

    What's this??

    Using Indesign CC 2020 on Macos Catalina 10.15.1

    Sometimes one of these CEPHtmlEngines (7 or 8, I don't know what these processes do, and 'helpers') uses to 80%, the fan goes up, sometimes a beachball. What can I do to ged rid of this??

    4 votes
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  17. STILL stuck in hand tool InDesign

    Stuck in hand tool... YES I read the existing thread... NO none of those fixes work. Adobe, PLEASE supply a REAL, PERMANENT fix.

    Running 2015 MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, Mojave 10.14 2.8 GHz

    I have NO OTHER programs running. RESTARTING neither the app nor the computer helped. I can't perform ANY tasks in InDesign.

    4 votes
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  18. Flashing screen

    When trying to open Illustrator AND InDesign, the "new document" window that automatically pops up is white and just flashes on and off the screen. If I try to click out of the screen, it closes the whole program. I can't access any of my files.

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  19. CC library saying signed out but cloud is signed in

    The CC library panel in indesign 2018 13.1 x64 on Windows 8 says i'm signed out of creative cloud and cant access my libraries but i'm signed in.

    Only fix I can find atm is to forcefully sign out then back in but it resets everytime I shut down my computer and I dont want to keep doing that just to access my library.

    Advice would be fab - Cheers

    4 votes
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  20. Overall performance poor

    The program takes 3-4 minutes trying to launch, then quits, generating an unexpected error report. It does this 2 times again before it will open the 3rd time. Making it nearly 12 minutes before it is actually usable.

    Fonts: when a text box or text is clicked or selected, without exception, there is a long delay and spinning ball prior to being able to do anything with the text. Suitcase Fuision 19.1.1 is the font management program and they claim the problem is with Adobe.

    Paste in place: sporadically the "paste in place", doesn't work properly–both through key command and…

    4 votes
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