Tuesday, 27 May 2014

How to repair a corrupt InDesign file on Mac OS X?

Used widely for desktop publishing, Adobe’s InDesign software is a trusted application and lifeline of many people. However, to the horror, many a times the InDesign document goes through minor or major corruption that stops the file to act as a normal InDesign (INDD) files. In case of corruption of an InDesign file, the properties of the file may act completely out of order.  An InDesign file is potentially equipped to handle power surge or sudden shutdown of the Mac by initiating ‘Automated Document Recovery’ assistance. Since, the corruption would be lighter, the INDD file will emerge through document recovery assistance.

But, talking of a much major debacle, the INDD file may end up damaged badly through application conflicts, OS X problems, and Trojans threats or poor disk spaces. 

Diagnosing the core damage of InDesign file

Hard Drive problem: Logically speaking, the hard drive of the OS X can corrupt any application including the InDesign software. The corruption could range from being physical or logical damages to the disk, in turn damaging the InDesign. The disk may also develop some bad sectors and that too were InDesign software or files are located. Disk Utility feature of OS X Mac can prove to be of great help in curing logical damages received to the disk. To start with, use Spotlight to search and launch Disk Utility. Go to the hard drive and run ‘Repair Disk’ from First Aid Tab. Any sort of disk corruption that can be resolved with the Disk Utility will be taken care of.

If Disk Utility fails to resolve the problem or INDD has many major issues beyond the scope of D.U., then explore below procedure:
  • First thing first, get backup of the partition where INDESIGN files are stored. Our efforts will require altering some properties of the INDD file. The backup will secure the INDD file in its more refreshed form.
  • Make efforts to get recent updates of the installed Adobe InDesign software on OS X Mac. May be the issue is persisting in an older version of the software, which might have just corrected in the newer versions.
  • The cause of the problem may lie in INDD preference file(s). OS X Mac retrieves an application’s information from these preference files. InDesign too have there own Preference files. Two of the preference file for an InDesign is the ""InDesign SavedData and InDesign Defaults files"".  Any of these couple of files going through damages will make the InDesign document behave erratically. But no worries, OS X allows to recreate the above 2 Preference files but doing so will pull back the application to default settings.
How to Recreate INDD Preference files?
  • Quit the InDesign application
  • Immediately press the key combination: Control + Option + Command + Shift through Mac keyboard.
  • A window will appear asking you to "Delete InDesign Preference Files?”. Proceed with ‘Yes’.

  • InDesign opens with newly created preference files (though custom setting will be lost).
Dedicated software to repair an INDD file: Couple of INDD repair software available for OS X Mac is: