Tell us a little more about your setup:
- What operating system?
- What version of InDesign?
- Are you saving to a local or to a network drive?
- Are using the same installation of InDesign that you used for the trial (just added the license so that you can continue to use it)?
I'm not familiar with some of the language, but I'm using the most recent version of the MacBook Air so whatever Apple products use.
It's the Indesign CC.
I'm just trying to save to my MacBook desktop so I have a .pdf version of both documents, so a local drive. I've just tried and it's allowing me to publish online but not save.
Yeah I've just installed it today after the trial ran out and I clicked add license.
I'm just trying to save to my MacBook desktop so I have a .pdf version of both documents
File > Save is used to save the InDesign (.indd) file.
File > Export is used to create a copy of the .indd file as a .pdf file.
Which one isn't working? And did it work before you added the license?
Neither of the save or export options are working, the program freezes for a couple seconds and then the little colour wheel pops up to indicate it's loading but nothing happens and I have to force quit. I've also noticed now as well that it won't let me perform certain functions like adding text boxes or placing images.
Export and save worked fine before the license was added.
I would try two different things:
1.) Trash Preferences:
Come back and let us know if this makes a difference.
Thank you, it's letting me click 'Save' it now, but still exporting isn't working. Also when I got to 'Save As...' it's still not working.
Just to confirm, you did both of the steps listed above?
After that try saving to a different folder.
And is it all files that you are not able to save or is it just one file that is missed behaving?
I have just tried to follow the steps again that you outlined and when trying to open InDesign back up and open the book that was saved it's crashing again so now I can't actually view anything. I'm at my wit's end with this. I'm trying to retrieve the document and it's not there now????? I'm getting really angry about this, I can't afford for this to all of a sudden pack it in.
I have no doubt you're feeling angry about this. I would be feeling the same way.
I have never seen InDesign delete a file off the hard drive so I'm hopeful that it is still there. The priority now is to locate the file and put a copy in another folder, or better yet on another drive. Is InDesign saying anything about a recovery file?
It was before I followed those instructions, but now when I opened it up it doesn't say anything about recovering the file. I made sure to save the file before I shut InDesign down but it's not listed in any recent files.
The link I just gave you shows you how to navigate to the folder with the recovery files.
I've been able to locate the files and have them saved to my desktop now and on a USB just in case. But I still can't place any new images/export/save as... anything. Would you be able to offer a plan B?
Phew!! Ok, back to the software.
Here are are my thoughts:
- The file itself might be corrupted. That's why I was asking if it's just this one file or if all files are misbehaving. If it is just the one file: Troubleshooting 101: Export to .idml or .inx to clear file corruption
- If it's the software, then trashing preferences will restore the defaults and InDesign will return to working normally. Notice that there are two different ways to delete the preferences in this file. If you already tried the first one and that didn't help, then try the second one. Troubleshooting 101: Replace, or "trash" your InDesign preferences
- Finally there is a known bug on InDesign CC 2017 on the Mac. After trying the steps listed above, if you are still having trouble, go to preferences and disable type contextual controls. This tends to solve a number of the weird things that can happen with InDesign.
Fiona—are you able to save your files again?