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An error occurred while saving the commentJohannes R commented
Same issue still present in 2021.
Experienced it in InDesign CC 2021 v 16.0.1. Updating to v 16.1 and v 16.2.1 didn't help resolving it either.
It's the first time I wanted to use the "span across column" feature on a long documet 100+ pages with a linked Word file and about 250 footnotes.
Changing anything in that file (I would mostly have to place images with text-reflow), makes InDesign work for at least 20-30 seconds. That's inacceptable.
After extensive testing I realized that using the span column feature on a multi-page content file is unusable. Doesn't matter if its for headlines, footnotes or whatever other paragraph styles.
Decided to change my layout to a single column one, since splitting the Word document into multiple chapters isn't an option because of the footnotes and bibliography which are managed through Zotero.
I'm quite surprised that the span column feature is having such a bad performance.
It's practically unusabale, for anything else than a handful of pages of continuous content.
Turning off preflight, page previews, preview quality, live screen drawing, page thumbnails view and whatever other options I tried didn't make any change at all.
I'm quite shocked that this feature is basically not usable for this kind of layout.
It's definitly not an hardware issue, since everything else is running fine:
Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2 Build 19042.685
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12C
RAM: 64GB DDR4-3200
SSD: Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
GPU: nVidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB