Whenever I try to copy text containing a variable, InDesign crashes. So I have this text which I want to copy into an Excel spreadsheet:
The revenue return per share is based on the revenue return attributable to shareholders of £9,755,000 profit (2009: £7,420,000 profit).
The "2009" is my Year -1 variable. It will be 2010 next time around. Select any sentence with such a variable, click copy and InDesign crashes, whatever variable I choose.
I am using INDD CS5 Mac. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, is there a workaround?
I have since found this helpful thread (don't know why it did not show up when I searched for variables):
so I switched off the Sangam extensions. I can copy without InDesign crashing, and can paste the text within InDesign, but these extensions are crucial for copying text to another application, so I could not copy the stuff into Excel!
Because I need this text into Excel *now* I have converted the variables into text. There were quite a few variables, and this is a nuisance.
Adobe has been aware of this problem for some time, and I cannot understand why this bug has not been fixed. The sangam extensions belong to Adobe.