Troubleshooting InDesign CS4 Pauses
My tests of xrefs in CS4 made my production editor “dance a jig” because of all the time it would save in proofreading/editing. Now I’m ready to do flamenco on top of my iMac because I get a flashing cursor for a few seconds every time I make any kind of edit, even one not associated with an xref.
That’s an interesting problem, and I post it here partly to see if other users have experienced this. Personally, I have not, and I don’t think cross-references are the problem. Where I have seen some weird slowdowns is in InDesign’s Live Preflight feature. It usually works fine (in the background, without disturbing my work), but sometimes it seems to hiccup, especially when the Preflight panel is open.
(Before anyone at Adobe pounces on me, I need to state that I have not run any official tests on this. It’s more just a sense.)
When a cross-reference is out of date (if the text or the page number changes), the Cross-References panel doesn’t keep checking it. It just flags it as out of date and needing to be fixed. So each individual edit you make to the document shouldn’t slow it down. If it does, I would try quitting-and-restarting InDesign, and possibly rebuilding preferences.
However, you can turn off the Preflight feature while you’re working. I wouldn’t unless you find that it really is slowing you down — after all, the Live Preflight is an awesome feature in CS4 and can help you avoid trouble. If you do want to try turning it off, just click the On checkbox in the Preflight panel (to uncheck it).
Anyone else have other experiences with InDesign slowing down like this? Other solutions you’ve found helpful?