mac osx 10.6.4
cs5 master suite
i seem to be having the same problem as many; indesign cs5 crashes when i export to pdf. this only seems to occur when i export for pdf (print); the pdf (interactive) seems to work just fine. i have updated indesign to the most recent indesign update (AdobeInDesign7Patch-All) and the CS Live Services Update for CS5 (CSXSInfrastructure) but this doesn't seem to help. i have restarted, cleared preferences, rebooted, etc.
from my research it appears this is related to the background printing 'advancement'. if i add the indesign file to a book and then print thru the book panel it works fine.
I really have no idea, but I would add "clearing the font caches" to your regular litany of rituals (restart, delete preferences, repair permissions) when things don't go well. If you export a subset of pages does it work? Can you narrow it down to one page that's the problem page that way?
Doesn't the usual magic trick of toggling either "Tagged PDF" or "Optimize for Web" work for CS5, then? It sure did in CS4, never figgered out why they should be off for one file but on for the next one ...
I might also be the 000's of semi fragmented fonts I have aswell. I binned the auto activation months ago and only just defrag'd the HD yesterday.
I may give the auto activation another go. That said I have got very used to the manual activation. :-)
I have also had a crash on export problem recently. I went through the suggestions in this thread and searched others.
Then I stepped through a few things in my INDD.
Deleted the suspect page. Export worked.
Brought the page back. Export crashed.
Looked at all the text on the page. I had 4 boxes with bulleted text.
I converted the bullets to text and the export went ahead with no problem.
I turned the bulleted list back into a real bulleted list and the export crashed again.
Using a Mac and InDesign CS5,. I found that when I had PDF linked as images, the export to PDF did not work. The file appeared in the Finder and then disappeared. When I converted the images to TIFF, the export function worked fine.
Robert, are you really exporting to PDF, and not trying to print to PDF? They symptom you are describing is a classic case of what happens in Snow Leopard when trying to print to PDF using the old Adobe PDF virtual printer left over from a previous installation. It isn't caused by linked PDF in those cases, but rather by Snow Leopard which has removed functioanlity for the PDF printer.
PETER: All are up to date. CS5. Most recent update on the operating system. Only the plug ins that came with the CS5 installation disk (CS5 design premium package). Not near my computer for the next few days. Can get you specifics then if needed. Thank you
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