I appreciate you replying so quickly John, but still stuck. I get an invalid line: 345 not 387, not sure if they are similar? I also tried deleting recovery data & still same error.
I appreciate you replying so quickly John, but still stuck. I get an invalid line: 345 not 387, not sure if they are similar?
I could be wrong but I suspect the line number may be irrelevant. It's often more about the type (or category) of error than the exact line number.
But if the process did not solve the issue then I'm not sure of the next step, sorry.
I guess this error is thrown by a startup script.
Did you installed some startup scripts yourself?
If yes, quit InDesign, remove the custom startup scripts from any of your startup scripts folders.
It could also point to problems with the pre-installed Adobe startup scripts revolving around "XHTML For Digital Editions" and "Export as Xhtml". Don't know, if that's a good idea, but you could temporarilly move the two folders out of your Scripts folder of your InDesign Application folder before restarting. Do you use both functions in your InDesign?
Thank you Laubender!! I followed your suggestion about temporarily moving both folders & that totally worked!!! I no longer get the error message BUT inDesign now starts and a blank page automatically opens up, followed by "indesign quit unexpectedly"
The blank page that automatically opens given the dimensions seems like a page I was recently working on. I deleted that file, but I wonder if i would need to delete it in recovery? if that makes sense.
Hm. Don't know, if you absolutely have to delete that file…
The blank page could be a remnant from the last document you worked on and could not save due to a crash.
Can you go on working as usual? If yes, I would leave it as it is.
Remember to backup the two moved out folders just in case.
I still can't open indesign, everytime i open it the same blank page appears, and indesign quits.
Something is still wrong
Delete the recovery data and try again.
Hey Peter, thanks for the suggestion. Correct me if I'm wrong, I'm on a Mac OS X & these are the steps I took to find Recovery data - is this correct?
HD > Users > Library > Caches > Adobe InDesign > Version 5.0 > InDesign Recovery - I deleted what was inside.
Shut down & restarted computer. I opened inDesign again, once I select NEW FILE the same thing happens, a blank page opens up set to specific dimensions, if I try to change the document settings indesign quits OR if I OPEN indesign & select Open an existing file it just quits!
I've been working in inDesign for at least 10 yrs, never experienced this!
Yes, that was the correct procedure. What happens if you start the Mac using a different user logon, then launch InDesign?
so I would consider another un-install. And before doing the new re-install use the CS Cleaner Tool.
If someone can suggest a better download link for the CS Cleaner Tool, please do, for now I guess this one here can be used:
But before doing that, make sure there is no InDesign version CS4, CS5, CS5.5 or CS6 installed as well.
Installing CS3 after all that versions could ruin the later ones. An exception would be perhaps InDesign CC v9.3.0 that is also running under OSX 10.6.8.
thanks again, I did as suggested and still stuck. I start up indesign and a blank page opens up and unexpectedily quits. This is so frustrating. I deleted recovery, I uninstalled, reinstalled, cc cleaner....
Do you think if I install CS6 i will still run into this problem?
smiceli wrote:… Do you think if I install CS6 i will still run into this problem?
At least I would try it.
Make sure that you update your CS6 installation in two steps:
CS6 v8.0.0 by downloading here: http://prodesigntools.com/adobe-cs6-direct-download-links.html
CS6 v8.0.2 by downloading here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5664
=> CS6 v8.1.0 by using InDesign's own update mechanism
The trial will work for 7 days.
Thanks again for your help!!!
I installed CS6 Trial, as per your links & they WORK!!!!!
I can't even bother with CS3 anymore, I was holding off to upgrading my whole creative suite, but it looks like its time.
thanks again & to everyone that help out!!
All you had to do was go into HELP; Configure Plug ins; and uncheck THIRD PARTY PLUG INS.
Found it on an old string and it worked for them and me to.
And yes I realize this is an old conversation but I know other people will fin it useful and CS3 is just as good as the new ones unless you are in a field where you have to keep up with the Jone's
Even if you are working totally on your own without exchanging documents with others, InDesign CS6 will get you some features I would miss for my daily work if I stayed with CS3.
It's hard to make a list of missing things, but my top 5 in no particular order perhaps would be:
1. GREP Styles (CS4 and above)
2. Primary Text Frame (CS6 and above)
3. Paragraphs that span or split columns of a text frame (CS5 and above)
4. Drag and drop control to anchor objects to text insertion points (CS 5.5 and above)
5. Enhanced scripting capabilities (CS4, CS5 and above)
The only thing I am missing from CS3 from time to time is the export to SVG feature that was dropped with CS4.
And a hack—an undocumented feature—where you could store kerning values with character styles.
A good overview of features can be found here:
If the link will not work in the future look up this thread: