Sorry, I should have added that I have trashed the preferences and attempted to export to .idml but it crashes before the file is made. I'm really stuck here.
You can try using this script to create the IDML without opening the file:http://forums.adobe.com/message/5073406#5073406. This will help you to install the script: http://indesignsecrets.com/how-to-install-a-script-in-indesign-that-you-found-in-a-forum-o r-blog-post.php. Hope it helps.
Thanks, I'll try this in the morning.
If I were in a going-to-press panic, I'd just make those pages in a separate file, then export a PDF of my book, export PDFs of the new pages, and then combine the PDFs in Acrobat. Hey presto, one complete book! Of course, this assumes that you're handing PDFs off to your printer, not the native InDesign file.
If you need to deliver an InDesign file (which is a sub-par workflow, but that's not really relevant if you have a pressing print deadline), then it might be worth it to try to move your pages into a new document.
The script crashed inDesign.
I can't edit PDFs, I don't have Acrobat.
Here's a new twist to $%&#@ problem. I've narrowed the issue down to 1 section of text. This section cannot be deleted or altered. If I try to alter it, inDesign crashes. If I delete it, it appears on other pages, it just won't go away.
This part is tricky
Export to IDML
Change the file extension to .zip
don't unzip it
Open the Zip folder ( you can work through the zipped files)
Find the file that contains that piece of text (bit of sleuthing involved)
Extract that file from the zip.
Edit the files text and remove the unwanted or problematic text including the surrounding code it's entombed in.
Then save that file
and then add it back in the same location withing the zip file
rename the extension IDML
and then open it in Indesign.
As noted above, I can't export to IDML, it crashes when I do that.
Does it behave better (export-wise) if you open as a copy?
Can you export the story to ID tagged text? If you can, you can open that in a text editor, delete the bad text, and re-import to a new file.
Let's see if this works.
Click inside the frame that contains the text and select all.
Go to File > Export and choose Text RTF. Export. This takes all the text and creates an RTF document that contains all the formatting.
Use MS Word or some full-fledged word processor to open the text. Try to delete the offending text in Word.
If it deletes save it.
Back in InDesign, select all the text again.
Choose File > Place. Choose the new RTF file. See if the text flows in without the offending text.
I don't know if this will work, but it's what I would do.
Just read Peter's response, posted three minutes before mine. The tagged text idea is even more powerful than the RTF I suggested.
Thanks for all the thoughtful replies.
I ended up creating a new document from scratch, placing my images and flowing in the text. It was tediuos (150 pages) but I had a deadline.