Do I really need 250 Plug Ins for InDesign?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Hello,

First let me state that I'm not an IT person. I've inherited my job from previous graphic artists.

InDesign takes roughly 20 minutes to open, which is crazy, and I can see that it also registers 250 plug ins. I can't magine I'd need so many. How do I know which ones I need and which I don't?

What would happen if I just reset to the basic InDesign app? 

Also I might note that the Plug Ins appear to be buried in the system whereas they used to be easier to locate.

Any assistance would be most appreciated, thank you. 🙂

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Community Expert , Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

I'd say you've taken over a position formerly filled by one or more plug-in mavens. I can't remember a shop/department that really used more than about 10-12, even if others were kept on file.

 

I'd do a completely clean installation of ID after making sure you have the sources or links for at least most of those plug-ins. Then plug them in as you encounter legacy docs or tasks that (1) use them and (2) really need them. With that many, I suspect some are functionally outdated or the tasks can b

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I'd say you've taken over a position formerly filled by one or more plug-in mavens. I can't remember a shop/department that really used more than about 10-12, even if others were kept on file.

 

I'd do a completely clean installation of ID after making sure you have the sources or links for at least most of those plug-ins. Then plug them in as you encounter legacy docs or tasks that (1) use them and (2) really need them. With that many, I suspect some are functionally outdated or the tasks can be achieved with simpler, in-built features.

 

The one thing you don't want to do, unless you are doing so with complete confidence, is lose, delete or inactivate any plug-ins that are essential to the job's workflow. That may be the biggest hurdle, reviewing all the plugins and making sure you will still have them on hand.

 

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Thank you very much. I will try this and see what happens.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Hi,

 

Sorry to hear about the trouble. Please try the suggestions shared above and if you need help in doing the clean installation, please try the steps shared here https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html 

For slow performance, you can try the suggestions shared here https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/slow-performance-indesign.html 

Feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance.

 

Regards

Rishabh 
 

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I think people may be assuming that you mean THIRD PARTY plug-ins. It's easy to end up with a lot, and you can get rid of the ones you don't need. However, InDesign comes with a lot of plug-ins. That's how it was made, since InDesign 1.0. It is a small core, and everything else is added through plug-ins, doing all the normal things which you think of as part of InDesign. It was supposed to make it more reliable and maintainable, not convinced but that was the idea. I just looked at InDesign 2017, it has at least 150 plug-ins. DON'T MESS WITH THESE. Not for a second. Don't try to tidy up, or optimize, or decide what you really need. Nothing.

 

I see InDesign is taking you 20 minutes to open. This is a real problem, but be careful not to make big assumptions about the cause. Everyone has those system plug-ins, and it doesn't take them 20 minutes. So you probably need to look elsewhere for the cause.

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Yes, I was ass/u/ming the OP meant mostly third-party, add-on plugins. On review, I'm not clear which was meant.

 

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Long load times are often caused by insufficent hard drive space or memory.

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A great many "slow load" issues in recent months, particularly on Macs, seem to be related to network access issues, such as taking forever to validate a document's component files or fonts.

 

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Community Beginner ,
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Thank you everyone for your assistance. I've uninstalled and re-installed ID and it's now only about 6 minutes to open. I did see it's still registering 250 plug-ins, which I'm assuming are all part of the application itself. I'll check other areas to speed up the process. Thanks again!

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A typical load to an empty workspace (no document being opened) is probably... 10 seconds. So there are still issues to look into for a more efficient work day. 🙂

 

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What platform ?

How much RAM ?

How much HDD space left ?

What kind of HDD / SSD ?

Do you work over network - permanently connected/shared drives ?

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