4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 7, 2011 3:29 AM by Eugene Tyson

    Indesign pain when placing vector files

    umitkaraca

      Hi All,

       

      I need some help!!

       

      I'm working on a fairly large catalogue where there is 300+ vector files placed into the Indesign document. As I place more I'm finding Indesign just get slower and slower. GRRRR!!!!! Even when I copy and past an image I have to wait. I'm sick of seeing that bloody beach ball.

       

      I'm running CS5.

       

      Am I doing something wrong? Is it just a case of Indesign not being able to handle that many .ai files???

       

      PLEASE HELP. Because it's doing my head in!

       

      umit.

        • 1. Re: Indesign pain when placing vector files
          Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Well I'd stop copy and pasting illustrator into inDesign straight away. That can introduce problems. I'm not a fan of that workflow, others are, but I don't recommend it.

           

          Placing the files is the preferred method

           

           

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          What version of InDesign are you using?

           

           

          If it's CS5 or later go to Preferences> Interface and change the Live Screen Drawing to Delayed

           

          See if that helps

           

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          Also go to View>Display settings and choose "Typical".

           

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          File size might be causing slowness issues due to overhead in the indesign file.

           

          Try doing a File>Save As and save it as a new file name.

           

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          If that doesn't fix it then I'd try

           

          File>Export>InDesign Markup Language (IDML)

           

          When you open that exported file in INdesign it will open as Untitled

           

          That might speed up the flow

           

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          • 2. Re: Indesign pain when placing vector files
            Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            You might also check your preferences and in

             

            Preferences>Display Performance> set the Vector slider to the middle.

            • 3. Re: Indesign pain when placing vector files
              umitkaraca Level 1

              Thanks for the Tips Eugene.

               

              Don't worry, I always import files into Indesign. Never copy and paste on jobs this size.

               

              Display is set at 'Typical'.

               

              I'm running CS5 so I'll try your suggestions when I'm back at work tomorrow.

               

              What I find interesting is I have a second machine a MacPro 2.4Ghz Intel Core Duo and that seems to handle the file fine. My main machine is a Quad Core desktop which I got a couple of year ago and it's slower. Thats why I think it's something to do with indesign on the desktop.

               

               

              umit.

              • 4. Re: Indesign pain when placing vector files
                Eugene Tyson Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                It might be that preference for Live Screen Drawing. Or the Display Performance in the Preferences also.

                 

                Check them all out. There's something different on one machine I reckon.