I am working on a brochure in InDesign and for some reasons, it started crashing a while ago when I try to export it as a pdf. The file is 34 pages and there are no huge images. The only weird thing that I have used is a typeface from the Internet, (I did not convert to outlines) but I saved that typeface in a pdf previously and it exported fine.

Here the link to the file, in case you need it. https://www.dropbox.com/s/dux5kejwwumrv09/Brochure_the_why.indd?dl=0

  • I don't have the fonts or linked images, so ... But I can tell you that the file also crashes my InDesign. Bonus info: You can't make a brochure with 34 pages in the physical world - the page count must be dividable by 4. – Wolff May 19 '19 at 12:30
  • Well I'm not about to download a file that is reportedly crashing software. Maybe (although unlikely) the file contains a virus or malicious script... specific file examination is asking a bit much in my opinion. – Scott May 19 '19 at 19:40
  • This sounds like a tech support question, and these are generally off-topic here on GDSE. Perhaps best to contact Adobe. – Billy Kerr May 20 '19 at 9:30

problem solved.

SOLUTION: it was a typeface license problem. I was using three typefaces that I downloaded from the Internet and I suspect that all of them had restrictions. I was able to export parts of the document to pdf, but not the whole document, this is why I was so confused. I just saved a copy of the file, outlined ALL the text in it, exported to pdf and voilà, it worked.

@Scott Virus or malicious script? LOL @Wollf thanks, I know, I am just not sure if I want it to be a brochure or not, but thanks for pointing that out

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    Nora, just when you are laughing at the thought of a malicious script.. one hits you. Rare, yes. Impossible No. – Scott May 20 '19 at 20:41
  • @Scott, you are right to be suspicious. I don't think I'll download another .indd file. I'm normally very careful, but that day I was apparently in a trustful mood. :-) But would you hesitate to download a PDF? They can also contain scripts. – Wolff May 21 '19 at 16:06
  • @Wolff PDFs can indeed contain scripts. However, most PDF injections involve sending data somewhere - mostly javascript.. and I have software to detect unwarranted connections. Javascript, while it can be used nefariously, isn't really an "app" building language. So, I feel safer with a PDF. The problem with some other file types is that they can be much more robust scripts, in Pearl for example, which can alter the core system. – Scott May 21 '19 at 17:18
  • And.. just because a link appears to end with "indd" that doesn't mean it wasn't manually changed from .exe or .pkg and once you "open" or double-click the file.. the executable takes off and you're hosed. -- I simply never download files from unknown sources. I don't mean to cast any aspersions upon Nora. I certainly think she was merely seeking assistance and her link is most likely fine, but if it's already reportedly crashing software, the cause of those crashes, could be unknown to her and very, very, bad for a system. – Scott May 21 '19 at 17:19
  • People tend to be kind of laissez faire with it until they actually step in a pile of ... quicksand. – Scott May 21 '19 at 17:24

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