I recently converted a 70+ document InDesign book project from CS 5.5 to CS6. I've also transitioned over to a new computer, being sure that all my plugins are the same on both computers. Somewhere along the way, I stopped being able to export a PDF of this particular book.
I've tried everything I know to do:
Sometimes, the book hangs at about 75%, other times, it crashes it I just try to export the first few chapters only. When InDesign locks up at the 75% mark, my entire computer locks up, and I get a gray screen with nothing but the InDesign splash screen. Then I have to force restart. But then I have to normally restart, as whenever I force restart, my external hard drives (where my book is located) become read only.
I have done everything I know to export a PDF of this book. I don't know what to do... I am desparate. Anyone out there who can take a look at my crash report and interpret it for me?
I have posted it on paste bin: http://pastebin.com/YmRXqsfc
Yes, I can export a few from the book. I can export about 30 of them at the back, and few from the front. It seems that the chapters that are heavily cross referenced is where I run into trouble.
Yes, cross references both within the document and to other documents in the book. Porbably about 200 of them. And it's all worked beautifully until just recently. I've had this workflow for about four years.
No, I haven't tried combining them all into a single document. That's not really feasible for my production workflow. I have them all as separate documents (for chapter and TOC purposes).
Well, I don't have a lotof other great ideas.
If you have an auto-activation plugin for a font manager, remove it from the plugins folder and activate the fonts manually. Troubleshoot the fonts (see Troubleshoot fonts | Mac OS X), and clear the font caches using a utility like Cocktail.
Export the chapter files to .idml again, and resave as new .indd files (back up the old ones, first, though, becasue with cross refs I think you'll have to overwrite the old files or they'll break (have you actually verified them to be sure they're OK now?). Make a new .indb file and add the new chapter files again.
Beyond that you're getting into things like trying to move pages into anew document, or rebuilding chapters from tagged text exported from the current files.
I removed my font autoactivation, exported all the files to IDML and then back to INDD. Then I moved all the files into a new book and tried reexporting the PDF. It kept getting tsuck at a certain dcument, so I tried exporting the pDF minus that document in the book. So it instead got stuck on the next document in the book. So then I tried exporting up to the troublesome document and it worked fine. Then I eported from the troublesome document to the end of the book, and that also worked fine. What I'm having to do now is piece the secions of the PDF back together in Acroba and fix the bookmarks and links.
I think what I'll do for the rest of my projects (if this happens again) is revert back to a CS5.5 version before all this trouble started.
Thanks for your help! I eally aprreciate it. I hadn''t tried font auto activation for about three years... now I remember why I abandoned it. Nothing but trouble...
Export that works on two halves separately, but not on the whole, usually indicates not quite enough machine resources to process the whole file, and as far as I know CS5.5 won't solve that. My guess is it's probably a hard drive free-space or limit on the size of the swap file that's at the root of the problem, but I don't know for sure. Short of making the space, I think the only workaround is the one you are using.
I just got a brand new computer last month: iMac with 2.9 gHz Intel Core i5. 32 gGB 1600 mHz DDR3. I have a TB drive with 900 GB free.
Is there a way to change how much space InDesign is allowed to use?
My files are store on an external drive, connected via firewire. Should I move them over to the local drive?
ID is a 32 bit application, so it's only able to adress a bit more than 3 gb of Ram, so the rest of waht's on your system is only helping by bing available for other programs to run simultaneously. Sounds like you have plenty of free space, though.
I would definitely try moving the files to the hard drive. Alaways safer than working on removeable media.