I am using OS X and InDesign CS6.
I received last year's catalog from a freelance company that we want to edit for this year. I have the InDesign file, as well as all the fonts and links. The problem is that there is a lot of text in the file that I am unable to edit. None of the layers are locked. I tried to do a Find on the text I want to edit, but the program could not find the text. I don't understand why I cannot edit the text. Any help would be great.
Look under Type>Find Font. If there are no fonts listed, then your Freelancer has converted all the text to paths. If that is the case, you will either have to rekey it, or make pdfs and use an OCR program to try to read it back to text.
Are the text frames locked?
Or are you unknowingly work as part of an InCopy workflow? Go to the Links panel and look for icml files listed there…
If yes, it could be that you could edit the text frames but could probably not do a text search: that means InDesign will do the search, but cannot find anything in the "checked in" stories.
I never used that workflow, but a little test (with InDesign CS5.5) showed, that you can get text frames you can edit with the text tool, but a simple Text or GREP search will NOT find anything. First you have to "check out" the story…
See the following screen grab (my name is part of the contents of that text frame, but Text Search will not find it):