Adobe InDesign CS5.5 ReadMe

Welcome to Adobe® InDesign® CS5.5. This document contains late-breaking product information, updates, and troubleshooting tips not covered in the InDesign documentation. 

Minimum system requirements

Install your software

Uninstall your software

Trial software

Electronic licensing

Registration information

Font installation

Known issues

Customer care

Other resources

Minimum system requirements 

Windows®

  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Microsoft® Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (Service Pack 3 recommended); Windows Vista® with Service Pack 1; or Windows 7®
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • 1.6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (InDesign cannot be installed on flash-based storage devices)
  • 1,024 x 768 display (1,280 x 800 recommended) with 16-bit or greater video card 
  • DVD-ROM drive 
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services and InDesign Subscription Edition software

 Mac OS 

  • Multicore Intel® processor 
  • Mac OS X v10.5.7–10.6.x
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB recommended)
  • 2.6 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional hard-disk space required during installation (InDesign cannot be installed on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on flash-based storage devices.)
  • 1,024 x 768 display (1,280 x 800 recommended) with 16-bit or greater video card 
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Adobe Flash® Player 10 software required to export SWF files
  • Broadband Internet connection required for online services and InDesign Subscription Edition software

For updates to system requirements, visit www.adobe.com/go/indesign_systemreqs

For CS Live system requirements, visit www.adobe.com/go/cslive_requirements

This product may allow you to extend its functionality by accessing certain features that are hosted online, including the Adobe CS Live online services ("Online Services").  The Online Services, and some features thereof, may not be available in all countries, languages, and/or currencies and may be discontinued or modified in whole or in part without notice.  Use of the Online Services is governed by separate terms of use and by the Online Privacy Policy, and access to some services may require user registration. Some Online Services may be subject to fees and require a subscription.  Fees subject to change.  For more details and to review the terms of use and Online Privacy Policy, visit www.adobe.com.

Install your software 

1.  Before you install, close all applications currently running on your system—including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows.  It is also recommended to temporarily turn off virus protection during the installation process.

2. You must have administrative privileges or be able to validate as an administrator.

3. Do one of the following: 

Windows:

  • Insert the DVD in your drive, and follow the onscreen instructions. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the Adobe InDesign CS5.5 folder found at the root level on the DVD and double-click Set-up.exe to start the installation process.
  • If you downloaded the software from the web, the installer self-extracts and launch automatically.  If the installer does not launch automatically, open the folder, navigate to the Adobe InDesign CS5.5 folder, double-click Set-up.exe, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

Mac:

  • Insert the DVD in your drive, navigate to the application folder found at the root level on your disk, double-click Install.app, and then follow the onscreen instructions.   
  • If you downloaded the software from the web, open the folder, navigate to the application folder, double-click Install.app, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

4. If you are installing as an upgrade, the installer checks your system to find the valid upgrade product.  If it cannot find it, it asks you to input the serial number of the product being upgraded.  You can also install the software in trial, then input your new and previous serial numbers in the serialization screen shown during launch.

5. If you are installing InDesign CS5.5 Subscription Edition software, you need to be connected to the Internet. The installer will prompt you if it detects that you are offline. An Adobe ID is required to purchase a subscription. If for some reason, you cannot connect to the Internet, you can install the trail version of the software and input your subscription serial number and Adobe ID during installation. For more information about your subscription software, go to www.adobe.com/go/subscription_learnmore.

6. For additional installation help, go to www.adobe.com/go/cs5install/.

For more detailed information about troubleshooting your installation, go to http://www.adobe.com/support/loganalyzer/.

Note:To install additional components or reinstall your software after your original installation, you will need access to the original installer (CD, DVD, or the download from the web).  Repair is not an available option.

Uninstall your software

  1. Before you uninstall, close all applications currently running on your system—including other Adobe applications, Microsoft Office applications, and browser windows. 
  2. Do one of the following: 
    • In Windows XP, open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs. Select the product that you want to uninstall, click Change/Remove, and then follow the onscreen instructions. 
    • In Windows Vista and Windows 7, open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Programs and Features. Select the product that you want to uninstall, click Uninstall/Change, and then follow the onscreen instructions.
    • IMPORTANT: Creative Suite apps on Mac OS have uninstall functionality. DO NOT drag applications to the trash to uninstall them. To safely uninstall on Mac OS X, double-click the product installer in Applications/Utilities/Adobe Installers or double-click the Uninstall alias located in the Application folder.  Select Remove Components, then Authenticate as an Administrator and follow the onscreen instructions.
    • If you are uninstalling subscription software, note that uninstalling does not cancel or stop your subscription. To cancel your subscription, go to Your Subscriptions at www.adobe.com/go/subscriptionedition.

Note: If you want to install the product on a different computer, first deactivate the software on your computer. To deactivate, choose Help > Deactivate. 

Trial software   

Creative Suite 5.5 trials are "try and buy," meaning you can evaluate individual products or editions of Creative Suite 5.5 and then convert the installed trial to a full version by purchasing the product and entering the serial number at any time during or after the trial period.

To convert your trial, enter the serial number from your purchase into the product screen that counts down the remaining days in the trial. You can enter a serial number to convert the trial at any time during the trial period or after the trial ends. If you purchased InDesign CS5.5 Subscription Edition, you need to be connected to the Internet and are required to enter an Adobe ID when prompted.

Electronic licensing

You must accept the license agreement and warranty terms to use this product.  See www.adobe.com/products/eulas for details.  This product may automatically attempt to activate over the Internet. See www.adobe.com/activation for details. 

Registration information  

Creating or entering an Adobe ID registers your software and sets up access to Adobe CS Live online services. To take advantage of your complimentary subscription of CS Live services, and get up-to-date product information, training, newsletters, and invitations to Adobe events and seminars, you must register your product. If you purchased InDesign CS5.5 Subscription Edition on the Adobe Store, your product is already registered and you already have access to Adobe CS Live online services.

To learn more about CS Live online services, visit www.adobe.com/go/cslive_ps.

Font installation

All font-related documentation is online. Visit http://www.adobe.com/type/browser/landing/creativesuite/creativesuite5.html to find our OpenType User Guide, OpenType ReadMe, links to font-specific readmes, listings of fonts installed by the different CS5.5 products, and listings of fonts included on DVD for each of the CS5.5 products.

The InDesign CS5.5 installer installs fonts into a default system font directory. If the installer finds older versions of these fonts in the default system font directory, it uninstalls the older versions, and save them to a new directory.  The default system font directory is:

    Apple Macintosh:  <System Disk>/Library/Fonts

    Windows: <System Disk>:\Windows\Fonts

The older fonts are saved in the new directory:

    Apple Macintosh:  <System Disk>/Library/Application Support/Adobe/SavedFonts/current

    Windows: <System Disk>:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\SavedFonts\current

This new directory also contains a file named "Read Me.html" which lists the saved fonts, and the version numbers of the new and old font files.

You can reinstall the older fonts by deleting the new font files from the default system font directory, and moving the old files back into that directory.

There are additional fonts on the installation disc. For information on installing these fonts, see http://www.adobe.com/go/learn_fontinstall_en

Known issues

  • InDesign quits unexpectedly if launched by a "Standard" user on a machine where it was installed by  an "Administrator" user. (#2795650)
  • InDesign will unexpectedly quit on launch if user installs, then reinstalls to a different location. (#2788988)
  • User is not able to deactivate if InDesign is reinstalled in Trial Mode after the application was already installed and serialized. (#2772118)
  • Books that contain more than 120 documents will export to epub with an error. (#2741544)
  • Button destinations get lost when opening an InDesign document cross platform. (#2697970)
  • InDesign quits unexpectedly if user deactivates "Americana" font while it is being used in a glyph set. (#2747832)
  • Some Asian double-byte characters imported within an XLS file fail to display. (#2568774)
  • InDesign quits unexpectedly when user circularly places three indd files among each other. (#2784460)
  • Text becomes invisible in some scenarios when footnotes, straddle heads & keep options are used simultaneously. (#2791021)
  • When Layout page orientation differs from Master page orientation, Layout page orientation is not retained upon IDML roundtrip. (#2623186)
  • Document using Kozuka font Kozuka Mincho Pro, Pro6N, Kozuka Gothic Pro, Pro6N  when exported to ePUB, Mincho font gets changed to Gothic font with same weight when viewed in Digital Editions.(#2809305)
  • Extension Manager CS5.5 gets called from InDesign CS5 if InDesign CS5.5 is installed. (#2766436)
  • Text with a character style applied through a nested style is getting the point size doubled in the exported ePub. (#2807029)
  • When exporting text including Ruby with character/paragraph styles to an ePub, an attribute of Ruby does not export as a css class correctly.(#2813101)
  • On a Japanese Macintosh system, the application unexpectedly quits and user is unable to launch if the default fonts are deleted. (#2783623)
  • If installing InDesign CS5.5 at a custom location containing special characters, the product unexpectedly quits at launch. (#2730132)
  • Imported master pages have improper column/margins when imported to a document which has a different default page size. (#2776869)

Customer care

Customer Service

Adobe Customer Service provides assistance with product information, sales, registration, and other non-technical issues. To find out how to contact Adobe Customer Service, visit Adobe.com for your region or country and click Contact.

Support Plan Options and Technical Resources 

If you require technical assistance for your product, including information on complimentary and fee-based support plans and troubleshooting resources, more information is available at http://www.adobe.com/go/support/.  Outside of North America, go to http://www.adobe.com/go/intlsupport/, click the drop-down menu under the question “Need a different country or region?", choose a different country or region, then click GO.  An alternate method is to click Change beside the country name at the top of the screen to select a different country or region.

Free troubleshooting resources include Adobe’s support knowledgebase, Adobe user-to-user forums, Adobe Support Advisor and more.  We are continually making additional tools and information available online to provide you with flexible options for resolving issues as fast as possible.

If you are having any issues with installing or uninstalling any of your Creative Suite 5.5 applications, try restarting your system before contacting Support.  For additional installation help, go to www.adobe.com/go/cs5install/.

Other resources

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For complete Help plus community-based instruction, inspiration, and support, go to www.adobe.com/go/learn_InDesign_support_en.

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