Since my original post I have tried some other things all without success :-( I then saw about 'Document Recovery Data' and attempted to change the location of the recovery files which I read 'can get quite large'. However to my frustration there seems to be a bug here since the dialogue box didn't have a 'choose' button (only 'browse') and the result was that it pointed only to my D drive and did not create the folders it is supposed to use. As a result I don't know how to restore the defaults except to reload InDesign CS5.5. There's got to be a better way......
Are you sure it didn't create the folders? They wouldn't appear until you close and restart ID.
In any event, you can always re-do the location by pointing back to the original location. For Windows 7 that would be Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Adobe\InDesign\Version [#]\[Language]\Caches\InDesign Recovery
Thanks - I've found that the files were marked as 'hidden' and thus by switching them on gain I was able to recreate the original location. Regrettably this has had absolutely no effect on my problem. :-(
I have now created a fresh document, studiously linking all my images properly (similar number to a DK 'Eyewitness Travel Guide') and by the time I got halfway through its 80 pages, InDesign had slowed to a crawl - ie 15-20 seconds to respond to any command. It is clearly doing something that it thinks necessary despite all the 'workarounds' people have suggested. Please please Adobe what's going on???
What you describe is certainly not the norm, which leads me to think you have something else going on that isn't directly related to ID.
Where are the images stored? Do you have any third-party plugins installed for ID? Do you use a font manager? What else is running on the machine?
- My images are all stored in a folder on my D Drive (partitioned hard disk);
- No third party plugins;
- No font manager;
- Firefox 7.0.1 but when I encountered these problems I switched it off.
I don't know if this helps?
That all sounds pretty normal. I don't know if it's still true, but some years ago Packard Bell installed highly customized versions of the OS, and I wouldn't be surprised it there are still a lot of background specializations running which might not be necessary.
In your shoes, I'd run MSConfig and start turning off stuff that I was sure I didn't need and see if things improve. Try disabling the antivirus temporarily, too. It might be scanning everything each time you do anything.
There is a very slow response when trying to produce a 45 page document which needs many .jpeg images inserting, sometimes up to six on each 3-column page.
Probably unrelated, but: have you used Span Columns at all? I recall that this feature had some pretty awful performance consequences, dunno if it's been patched since.