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I posted yesterday (http://forums.adobe.com/thread/891669?tstart=0) about a synchronisation issue with .indb files, where text flow changed upon synchronisation of a .indb file, despite styles already being identical across the documents.
The .indd files had been edited individually on a Windows XPSP3 machine with CS5.5
The synchronisation was carried out on a Windows XPSP3 machine with CS5.5
Unfortunately, a full uninstall-and-reinstall has NOT resolved the issue of reflowing text. On further study, the problem may be nothing to do with .indb files, but could be within the .indd file itself.
The same INDD file flows differently on different machines? Are they both running 7.5.0?
Are you absolutely sure hte style definitions are the same?
If you export to IDML and reopen (on each machine), do you see the same behavior?
Thanks for the response John.
This issue has been resolved: the difference between the two computers was a slightly different version of the font. Once these were synchronised, everything worked fine.
It shows up interesting behaviour, though: we've all had font issues over the years, but it has always been obvious when the document is opened that something is wrong -- in this case, the text flow remains as it was until the paragraph in question is "touched", either by re-applying the style, synchronising, hitting a carraige return or whatever. It is as though the text flow is remembered, rather than calculated, when the document is opened: very peculiar, but I guess that's just how inDesign does it.
You'll see similar behavior for text reflow when working with legacy files in a newer version. Nothing reflows using the new text engine until the cursor is inserted into the story.