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  1. InDesign crashes and content disappears

    InDesign sometimes crashes when saving, packaging, or exporting a file. It then corrupts file, removing content (entire text boxes are now empty). This is destroying files and setting me back hours in my workflow.

    1. Adobe InDesign 16.0
    2. Save/export/package
    3. Should have stable, usable files
    4. InDesign crashes and corrupts my source file
    2 votes

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    Please submit the crash report to us. (Guidelines to submit crash are available at (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/submit-crash-reports.html )

    Also, please send the following information to santalwa@adobe.com :
    • Reproducible Steps – What were you doing when InDesign crashed?
    • Video recording of the crash?
    • Is(Are) the issue related to a specific document(s)/asset(s)? If yes, could you provide the document(s)/asset(s) to us? Please package the entire document (To package the document, choose File → Package…)


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  2. Hyperlink causing InDesign to crash

    I have an issue in a file that I'm working with where if I scroll to a certain point in the hyperlink panel, my entire InDesign program crashes. I've tried deleting all of the hyperlinks one-by-one, and I noticed that it always crashes when I reach the same point (about 2/3rds down the list).

    I think there's a hyperlink that's become an issue within the file, and whenever InDesign tries to show that specific one within the hyperlink panel, it crashes.

    2 votes

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    We have released InDesign 2021(v16.0.0.77) with a lot of stability fixes. We recommend you upgrade to the latest version (if you’re not already on it) as it is more robust.

    If you still face this issue even after updating, please submit the crash report to us. (Guidelines to submit crash are available at (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/submit-crash-reports.html )

    Also, please send the following information to santalwa@adobe.com :
    • Reproducible Steps – What were you doing when InDesign crashed?
    • Video recording of the crash?
    • Is(Are) the issue related to a specific document(s)/asset(s)? If yes, could you provide the document(s)/asset(s) to us? Please package the entire document (To package the document, choose File → Package…)


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  3. Bug: InDesign Index page ranges not working when using "Next use of Style" options

    Adobe InDesign 2020
    15.0.2 x64

    Issue:

    I am trying to create index entries that include a page range (such as 26-29) instead of a single page number using paragraph styles.

    I am having trouble getting the page ranges for my indexed content to update correctly. Specifically, the index entry always only shows the first page of the range in the index pane on the first attempt.

    I can sometimes (but not always) trick it into updating the page range correctly. I attached a video of it finally working after five failed attempts.


    Here is what I tried:

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  4. Can't Export PDF due to Indesign background tasks error

    Re-installed latest version of Indesign and still have the problem.

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  5. Crash when smart reflowing a document with many anchored text boxes

    Indesign is freezing/crashing when smart text reflow is used to reflow the attached document. Other documents are fine. This document is unique in that it contains many anchored text boxes and decimal tabs.

    I am using InDesign 15.0.2

    To witness the bug, 1) open the attached document, 2) click the red text marked with a note, 3) apply the "bug illustration" paragraph style.

    2 votes

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  6. copy/paste of URL loses character style

    ID 15.0.2; Mac OS 10.14.6

    1. copy a passage containing a URL formatted with a character style

    2. paste the passage

    expect char. style to be retained

    actual: char.. style is eliminated; reverts to [None]

    This happens when char. style is named 'Hyperlink' or when a char. style with another name is used.

    Related issue: 'New Hyperlink from URL' always creates and applies default char. style Hyperlink unless I name my char. style for URLs 'Hyperlink'; 'hyperlink', for example, will not be applied.

    2 votes

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  7. Text-fields behave strange after InDesign 2020 update

    Since the release of InDesign 2020 there frequently appears a circumstantial bug, that is not reasonable in any way:

    When i double click (edit) or just copy any text-box, suddenly the content is moving downwards (about 3pt), so that it disappears in overflow text and has to be realigned. It even happens when I copy and paste those Elements or duplicate the whole page, so one of the most fundamental functions became futile (image "Adobe-Indesign-Bug-duplicate.jpg")!

    Additional the maximum height of the box, before the text disappears in overset, isn't depending on the contents height like in older versions, but is…

    2 votes

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  8. Eyedropper bug — attribute pick-up is glitched by hidden layers above

    If there are objects overlapping and above the source for the eyedropper tool, — even if those objects are on a hidden layer — the tool picks up a color of no fill and no stroke.

    If the hidden layer is dropped below the target layer, the problem goes away.

    These observations are based on original input by Bill Silbert in this User Forum discussion:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/indesign-cc-2020-eyedropper-problem-turning-text-to-no-color/m-p/10765424#M165918

    InDesign versions v14 through v15

    2 votes

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  9. Textwrap 2020

    Textwrap from old saved document takes spacing from paragraph indent...Thus you can see the very wide right margin for image.

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  10. Multipage PDF Export failure -Backgrond task running constantly

    PDF export constantly runs as background task with zero percent progress until I force quit InDesign, delete the temp recovery file, and delete the "zero bytes" PDF that InDesign failed to genereate. If I leave it and reexport once running InDesign again it happens again. I've found it takes deleting the recovery file (.idlk) and the PDF that has zero data at the location I tried exporting to. Once I do that it seems to work. My InDesign file is multiple pages (32). Smaller page counts and data files seem to work although my InDesign file isn't that large. Once…

    2 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  amaarora responded

    Hi,
    Can you please share a sample INDD file at rdubey@adobe.com with which issue is reproducible?

    We tried with some custom InDesign files, but export works fine

    Thanks

  11. Cannot save under a new name error code 1, network share, InDesign 2019

    When I am trying to save InDesign document to a network share using Save As or using Save a Copy, InDesign comes up with an error message saying 'Cannot save, file is damaged, error code 1'.
    InDesign 2019 is up to date.

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    Are you able to saveAs/ SaveACopy the file locally?
    What is the exact version of InDesign 2019 are you using? 14.0.1/14.0.2/14.0.3?
    Is it happening with all InDesign files?
    Which OS version are you using?

  12. contour freaking out

    Contours on Text are freaking out in CC 2019 (14.0.2)

    See attached PDF (.INDD is not allowed to be attached....)

    2 votes

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  13. panels / windows won't open, InDesign doesn't launch 80% of the time

    Honestly wasn't sure what to file this under. I am running the latest version of InDesign (version 14.0.2). About 4/5 times when I click to launch InDesign, it bounces for several minutes and then nothing happens... and then it stops bouncing and the dot under the app also goes away, yet the app says its open - still no windows. Eventually - usually after about 10-15 minutes of waiting - I have to right click, quit, and start again.

    But this is the part that really bothers me: When it finally does open properly and loads a document, many of…

    2 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  amaarora responded

    Could you please try reinstalling InDesign application after clearing up(or renaming) your preferences and cache for InDesign 2019(14.0).
    If you still face the issue after doing the above, please share with us some screenshots and(or) small video demonstrating the problem.

    -InDesign Team

  14. 2 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  amaarora responded

    Hi,
    This issue was present in an earlier version of InDesign. Please confirm if you are facing this bug with InDesign version 14.0.2

    If you face the issue with the latest version then please share a sample document at amaarora@adobe.com with which we can reproduce the issue in-house.

    Thanks,
    Aman

  15. Split window re-scrolls after returning from other app and changing other window

    I am running Adobe InDesign CC 14.0.1.x64 on Windows 7 with latest updates (i.e., the most popular platform in the world).

    1. Open the document (see attached).
    2. Split the window (Window > Arrange > Split Window).
    3. Scroll the left window to show page 2, with the Table of Contents.
    4. Scroll the right window to show e.g. page 3, with the cursor in the middle of the page.
    5. With the Type tool active, click the Enter key.
    6. InDesign correctly inserts a new paragraph, with the left window remaining unchanged.
    7. Alt-Tab out of InDesign.
    8. Alt-Tab back into InDesign. The Type tool should still…
    2 votes

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    We have released InDesign CC2019.0.2 with lot of bug fixes. If you are not on 14.0.2.324 then I would recommend you to upgrade to latest version as it is more robust.

    If you still face this issue even after updating, please provide more information to santalwa@adobe.com
    • Reproducible Steps – What were you doing when you encountered the issue in InDesign?
    • Error snapshot or video recording of the issue?
    • Is(Are) the issue related to a specific document(s)/asset(s)? If Yes, Can you please provide the document(s)/asset(s)?

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  16. White shows as black

    All white (pure white such as paper, 0000, ffffff, etc.), shapes and even within linked images are showing black. Some pages are affected and some are not. If I go into the swatch slider CMYK mode, sliding K from 100 to 13 is normal, however, 12-0 starts scaling back down to black. I've tried linking to all types of images (TIFF, PNG, JPEG, transparencies). The file was fine last time I worked in it, but upon reopening this is happening. Is this a bug or a corrupt file?

    2 votes

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  17. New, based-on Object style isn't "based on"

    Take an Object Style and create a new style based on that style. When the new dialog opens with the based-on name present, it has a number of items chosen and selected, but it's not the same as the based on item.

    You could try Duplicate Object Style and then add the based on-name, but while there is no error, any change made to the based-on object does not change the new object style.

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  18. InCopy character panel blank

    My coworker is on a PC running InCopy 2019 and has had an issue with InCopy since CC2017. The panels (not sure which ones are there other than the character panel) move from the side to the top and go blank and are utterly unusable. Turning them off and on again doesn't do anything. Any ideas on making it usable again?

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  19. Bad PDF Export to x1a with indd placed in InDesign

    • problem in InDesign CC2019 / macOS 10.14.3, 10.13.9
    • no problem with previous InDesign versions (on 10.13 systems)

    Sometimes i use InDesign document (page) placed into another InDesign document (because more work with some pages and reuse them in more documents). If these placed Indd documents contains RGB images with transparencies (like transparency in PSD files, or transparency effects applied to flat images in InDesign), these images are exported very bad, highly desaturated. But only when export to PDF X1a (required by our printer, i use profile "ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)" in all indd). No problem when exporting to higher…

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    Need More Info  ·  amaarora responded

    Hi,
    Please can you share the sample InDesign files that can help me reproduce the issue at amaarora@adobe.com?
    Please do add a small video illustrating the bug

    Thanks,
    Aman

  20. Indesign 2019 placing my pictures reversed/ inverted; had to use an older version

    Indesign 2019 placing my pictures reversed/ inverted; had to use an older version for multi page PDF placement to work properly.

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