Major issue - Indesign allowing multiple users to open the same file

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Feb 05, 2021 Feb 05, 2021

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At work we are having issues with people being able to open an indesign file when someone else has already got it open and working on it.

 

This is very dangerous and causing real problems.

 

We have updated to the latest version very recently 16.1 but the same problem exists.

 

I know that when a second or third person opens the same file 'read-only' appear in the file name and you can't write over the file, but the read-only wording is small and easy to miss when working under pressure. 

 

Why has this changed? Is anyone working on fixing this? The old way of just not allowing it to be opened by multiple users is the only way to work when we have 20 staff all working remotely!

 

Please can anyone shed some light on this and what the situation is

 

 

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Feb 08, 2021 Feb 08, 2021

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No one else experiencing this?

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Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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Have never experienced that. 

 

InDesign creates an .idlk (indesign lock file) that's a hidden file.

Unless everytime someone opens a file it creates the idlk file on the persons computer instead of the server (maybe in a temp folder).

 

You'd have to get your IT to look at that though.

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Feb 09, 2021 Feb 09, 2021

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Hi Andy,

I experience this for several years with several versions of InDesign when working with a Windows server system at university. So this is nothing new to me. So in my opinion nothing has really changed. I'm not the IT person for that university, so I cannot tell why this happens and how the details are in regards to permission handling.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/2-users-able-to-open-same-indesign-document/td-p/8958433

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/more-than-one-person-opening-the-same-indesign-document/td-p...

 

As we see in this links this bug is alive by years. Sometime it killed, sometime is have "walking-dead" state. Report about your problem to the support. 

 

P.S. I do recommend as in this links use it workflow with InCopy, when only one user can work with indd on InDesign. 

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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