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InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

I worked on a file at home on my laptop with Indesign CS3, brought it to the office, copied it to my hard drive, double-clicked it. I got some weird error message which I just canceled (I guess I should have read it!!). Now what happens is that I get the normal splash screen, then NOTHING but the title bar with a "K2 CS3" on it. No menus, tools, panels, etc. A totally BLANK window except for that title. Rebooted the computer and tried again, same result.

Not even enough here for me to search the forums on! "K2 CS3" brought up nothing....

Any suggestions?

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

What I wrote applies to the Program itself opening. I just tried to go back and double click on the file, and I get a page of the file with the title bar now saying

K2 CS3 -[(DocName at zoom)]

Still no menus, panels, tools, etc. and this view won't close. Any attempt to close puts "Not Responding" in the title bar and I have to use Windows Task Manager to get the program off the screen....

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

Reinstall the program.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working



Does this happen often? Any idea what caused it?

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

Open the file on your own computer at home. Save it as an .inx file. This doesn't happen often. Something weird that I've never heard of before. It's best to use .inx files across different computers, safer that way, unless you really need it as CS3.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working


It's best to use .inx files across different computers, safer that way, unless you really need it as CS3.

Can you explain?  I do not understand why there is a preference of INX over INDD.  The INX format does not hold all the data that the native INDD format does.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

This the first I've used InDesign, so I didn't even know about .inx files. I'm more of a learn by doing than RTFM unless I get stuck.

Is there any reason I'd NEED it to be CS3?

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

If you are using InDesign CS3, then of course you need to save your file as an InDesign CS3 document (aka 'INDD').  You cannot save an INDD file in any other version.

Have you recently installed an app from SoftCare?

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

I haven't installed anything from SoftCare.... In fact, this file I was working on I put on my flash drive to work at home on the laptop and then brought back here. I DID later get the exact error message that popped up and that can be found here:

If the file got corrupted going back to the flash drive would that have caused the problem? I'm about to get it off the laptop again. But that won't help immediately since I can't even open InDesign from the Start Menu (just goes to the "K2 CS3" title bar described above....)

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

That answered that.... I put the flash drive in the laptop, opened InDesign then opened the file. It's fine.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

You do have CS3 at work don't you?  If you have an older one, the CS3 doc won't open.

Using OSX 10.3.9 on a G4

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

Yes, it's CS3 on both machines. This is my first InDesign and installed on both last Spring. Worked fine yesterday on this machine!!!

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

Ok, so what appears to have happened here is that you opened up a file that you saved in another CS3.

The program crashed and won't open now.

The program needs to be reinstalled, especially if it won't open.

So you still have this file that crashed your computer. Are you 100% sure it was the file? If you are then:

You need to save the file as a .inx. As the .indd file is corrupted some how.

Saving the file as a .inx totally rebuilds the file and makes it compatible to be opened with earlier versions of CS3 and even CS2.

.inx stands for InDesign Exchange. It can be found under File>Export and the file type InDesign Exchange.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

I'm not 100% sure this file was corrupted. In fact, I'm working with that file this morning on the laptop. Seems fine. I read somewhere else that when InDesign opens to shift-ctrl-alt and delete preferences. This was from a CS2 user, and that doesn't seem to work here (or in any of my other CS3 programs). Today I got a different screen -- it brings up a weird splash screen

I'm not ignoring the advice to re-install, just haven't gotten to it yet....

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

The keyboard shortcut to reset preferences is a tip, but to make it work on a fast system make a copy of the alias or shortcut and put it on the desktop, launch InDesign from there.

It's a challenge to try get the correct moment you have to press the keys for that other option to work.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

I found if you hold down shift-alt-ctrl and THEN start InDesign I do get the box asking about deleting preferences. I did that and now it opens just fine.

And just because I had to know, I put the flash drive in with the same file and now it opened just fine.

No idea what went wrong or why, but deleting preferences fixed it.

RE: InDesign CS3 Stopped Opening/Working

The one big weakness of all Adobe apps is corrupted preferences.  It's usually evidenced by a missing tool pallette or a menu command grayed out, etc.

The first thing to do whenever you have problems with an Adobe app is to trash prefs.

Using OSX 10.3.9 on a G4

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