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IDML is a format that should ideally only be used for either a one-time trip to an earlier version of InDesign or as a one-time method for removing possible corruption from a file. It should not be used over and over again as part of a file-saving process. It is possible that constantly saving the file as an IDML and then reopening it is causing corruption. Please see IDMLs A Cautionary Tale for more instances of issues with IDMLs.
I am sorry it was not clear. I need to export to idml my models because some of the team still has Indesign CS.6 and even though each person does their own projects, I am the one that create the team model (university journal, 160 numbers that need to be moved from online to printed...). I was just reporting that crashing occurred while saving as pdf or idml, not that this is my standard saving!
OK then. As long as the same IDMLs have not been used repeatedly then there are some other things to try.
First of all you mentioned that you are using a google drive as part of your workflow. There have been many reports here of incompatibility of google drives with InDesign. I would suggest doing and saving all of your work locally and at the end of each work session then exporting your .indd files. As far as I can tell from the reports that I've seen this is a problem that is more likely to be solved by contacting google.
If that does not work and since you said that this problem has been only occurring recently—possibly as a result of updates to the google drive but also possibly the result of some corruption in your version of InDesign—then there are some standard trouble-shooting methods that you can try.
You can try the quick way of resetting on a PC which is to hold down Ctrl + Alt + Shift when launching InDesign and respond affirmatively when asked if you want to reset. There have been some recent reports that the window asking if you want to reset is not popping up but that the prefs are being reset anyway. If this works great but if it doesn’t you may have to manually delete them.
To do so:
On Windows 7 and above the preference files are hidden. To find them go to the Control Panel and open Folder Options and then click the View tab. Then select “Show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files, folders or drive options” in Advanced Settings. Then delete (or rename) the folder at the end of this path: C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\InDesign\<Version #>\<Language>. Make sure that InDesign is closed when you do this. When you relaunch the program it will create new preference files and the program will be at its default settings.
The advantage of manually deleting preference files is that after you’ve reset up the program (make sure that no document window is open) to your liking, you can create copies of your personalized “mint” preference files (make sure that you quit the program before copying them—that finalizes your customization) and use them in the future to replace any corrupt versions you may need to delete.
Uninstalling and reinstalling InDesign
In the app section of your Creative Cloud desktop app click on the “V” next to the app’s (InDesign) name and choose the “Uninstall” option from the pull-down menu that appears. After you’ve run the uninstall then use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool Use the Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool to solve installation problems . Then reinstall the program through the Desktop app. Before you reinstall, once again trash all preference files to make sure that your install is completely clean. Then launch InDesign and see if the problem persists.
Sorry to hear about this. I would like to know if the steps suggested by Bill worked for you, or the issue still persists.
Kindly update the discussion if you need further assistance with it.