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Weird patches of color appear randomly

Explorer ,
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 22, 2021

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This issue started with Catalina and has persisted with Big Sur: There are occasions when I resize my window or save or navigate and all of a sudden patches of color appear in my InDesign document: bands or geometric shapes (see attached; the gray triangle and green background, not pullquote block, are what I'm talking about). Typically the colors are ones I'm using in my document, so that's not random. I usually close the document and/or restart the program. I've also restarted and trashed prefs (aaargh) and/or reinstalled on occasion. But it keeps happening. And last night I was working on a document and all of sudden I'm getting text scored through and yellow highlighting (indicating H&J errors — except that feature wasn't highlighted in Composition>Preferences). Anyone know what this might be about? I have a feeling it's a CPU or redraw issue, perhaps a setting is off, but I've not had this before on my 2017 MacBook Pro, which has adequate memory and disc space. I can also say that ID also launches more slowly, with spinning wheeel, on a regular basis, since Catalina. I've deactivated as many fonts as I can (except for those crappy Noto fonts, which one can't deactivate; thanks Apple). Screen Shot 2021-09-20 at 10.15.08 PM (2).png

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Community Expert ,
Sep 22, 2021 Sep 22, 2021

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Hi. It seems each MacOS update is treating the GPU differently, as well as changes in the Adobe requirements for each app. I HAVE to believe that your 2017 MBP has a GPU that would suit this, but it may be worth checking. I suggest in ID, do Indesign>Preferences>GPU Performance, and try turning OFF the checkbox. Then restart and test things again. If things work, then there's a bug with the software with your GPU, and I'd suggest searching https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601180-adobe-indesign-bugs to see if the issue is already reported, and upvote that one, or create a new bug report there.

For more information on the GPU for ID, please see: https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/gpu_performance.html


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Explorer ,
Oct 06, 2021 Oct 06, 2021

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Thanks very much; will look into these suggestions

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Good to know it's not just a curse I have to deal with alone. The random patches of color appearing over my layouts has persisted for probably 6 years now. It has spanned 2 machines (A 5K iMac and now an M1 MacBook Pro), multiple macOS updates, and multiple InDesign updates. Here's a screenshot (underneath that red-orange is a full page layout with text and graphics). 

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Thanks for checking in. This had gone away for me but is now back on my new MacBook Pro M3 Max. I think InDesign is very buggy. It's also -- and this is minor -- the only Adobe program that doesn't minimize into its icon when I double click the top bar. 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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These random patches of color are new and have been a pain. Also....ID has been crashing over and over when I go to select a font. Another (huge) problem. What's going on w/ ID?

 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Have you been able to resolve this issue? I'm having the same trouble and can't seem to get to the bottom of it. 

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Community Expert ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Did you try the suggestion given by S_Gans? It should work.

I suggest in ID, do Indesign>Preferences>GPU Performance, and try turning OFF the checkbox.

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Explorer ,
Nov 08, 2022 Nov 08, 2022

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Thanks. I didn't turn it off because the interface says things are compatible, but I haven't noticed this lately. so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that InDesign 2023 will cooperate with iOS Ventura and so far that seems the case. EXCEPT for when one clicks on the font drop menu arrow in the control panel: You get the spinning ball of death for a while, and then it calms down. This seems to be a Creative Suite "feature." Now if only we could get rid of all those NOTO fonts!

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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PLEASE!!!   Where did all those unwanted fonts (NOTO & more!) come from? How do we get rid of them? It's insane!

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Explorer ,
Mar 04, 2024 Mar 04, 2024

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Alas, those can't be removed. A workaround I saw online: 

Add all of your most used fonts to "Favorites," then set ID font menu to open to "Favorites" by default so you don't see them. 

Yes; that's BS that we have to do that. I'm just the messenger.

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Mar 05, 2024 Mar 05, 2024

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Where did all those unwanted fonts (NOTO & more!) come from?

These fonts are Mac system fonts, and can't be removed as @Nick Anthony Cuccia wrote.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 17, 2022 Nov 17, 2022

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I did try your suggestions and it has worked so far (it's been about a week). Thank you so much. I have spent hours trying to resolve this. 

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