I have a file in CS4 InDesign that I have made a number of changes to, and when I saved it, then opened it again, it had the asterisk next to the title, indicating that it needs to be saved, but all I did was OPEN it. I have a Mac using Snow Leopard (purchased in 2010) and I am currently using CS4 InDesign. Other than that, InDesign works fine. I have tried doing a SAVE AS, I have tried exporting the document as an IDML file, then opening in InDesign and saving, only to see the asterisk again. Sometimes, on other docs, exporting as an IDML works. I read it gets rid of the accumulated "junk" from multiple saves. Any ideas? Like I said, just 1 or 2 files. By the way, these files were done in CS4--not an earlier version of CS, as I know that would say CONVERTED next to the name, which this does not.
That is more for an InDesign program problem that effects the functionality of the program for most or all documents. This is only for a couple of well-used docs. I have my prefs set and I don't want to recreate them. Besides, that hasn't worked in the past. I'm attributing the asterisk issue with too much junk in the doc along with a lot of saving. It will be easier to recreate the file and start fresh. I have found that any other strange behavior (rare) is solved by simply exporting the file as an IDML or INX. Thanks for your suggestions.
If you read the thread it tells you how to manually back up and replace the prefs so if it doesn't work you don't have to recreate them. It's only a few minutes time to check and see if it works. You've already found that .idml doesn't work which suggests it isn't a file problem.
Make sure that when you save and close the document that the IDLK file is also removed after closing. Sometimes they like to stay around. If you can't see teh IDLK file it's because it's a hidden file. Basically, the InDesign Lock (IDLK) file is there to prevent others opening the same document. But sometimes after saving and closing it can hang around.
If it is still hanging around, try backing it up and deleting that file.