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  1. Add Python to the list of supported scripting languages

    The only cross platform scripting language currently supported is ExtendScript, based on ECMAScript (almost 2 decades old v.3, which in itself is already long overdue for an update). Python is cross platform, easy to learn and very powerful. InDesign's DOM can be translated naturally into Python. Python has a vast set of functional libraries, and still growing. Supporting Python from within InDesign would in its most basic form only have to enable *.py scripts in the Scripts panel, but it would benefit of an interactive console of its own.

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      7 comments  ·  Scripting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • script action

      Make a scripting easier by record functions in an action like photoshop

      41 votes
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      • Repeat last action feature

        Please, make something like MS Word, that you can repeat your last action just pressing F4. That could save a lot of time.

        25 votes
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        • Please expose a PDF's page count to scripting

          To place a PDF in InDesign, you have to know the PDF's page count. The main point of the PlaceMultiPagePDF script is to show how you can place a PDF without knowing its page count, but it's slow business and get very tedious when you want to place part-ranges that include an open-ended range, such as 10-20, 30-

          There is a hack, but it's ugly and unreliable.

          Peter

          23 votes
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          • 19 votes
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            • Expose missing glyphs to scripting

              It's very difficult to find missing glyphs with a script. There's a hack: look for glyph ID 0 in all the document's used font, but this hack is unreliable as it doesn't work in overset text.

              To test whether a single character is a missing in its applied font you can (try to) convert it to outlines. That too is an ugly hack, and can't be used for longer stretches of text.

              Please add a property to the Story object, say, missingGlyphs, so that the call

              myStory.missingGlyphs

              returns an array of glyphs missing in a story.

              Thank you.

              13 votes
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              • Add a Search field to the Scripts panel!

                I have A LOT of scripts. I try to organize them by folders, but I still waste time looking for the right script. A SEARCH field, like in the Fonts panel, would be VERY much appreciated. Thanks!

                8 votes
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                • Script Label Manager

                  We use scripts and script labels on a daily basis! It would be absolutely FANTASTIC to have a window (similar to LINKS) that when opened, displays ALL script labels in the board/file, along with a link to where it is in the page (selects the item that's labelled).

                  It is extremely tedious to use script labels when there is no way to properly organize and manage them.

                  Please please make this Script Label Manager a feature!

                  7 votes
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                  • Script Manager

                    Please add Script Manager (like ScriptBay; LAScripts, ScriptMix) but more powerful.
                    So we can sort, group, edit, assign hotkeys, label scripts. Create UI pallets with icons. Etc. Thanks!

                    7 votes
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                    • place multi-page illustrator

                      Feature or Script request:

                      1. Place multi-page (multi artboard) files in InDesign with similar auto flow feature as Shift+Place Autoflow Text when Pasting.

                      2. Paste multiple Illustrator files at one time with autoflow. For example: 3 separate Illustrator files with 3 artboards each. Script would place each of the 9 artboards on consecutive pages while maintaining the image box size and fill attributes of a user created image box.

                      3. Dialogue box to select which artboards are to be placed & layer visibility (similar to current place Illustrator file function). This might only work when a single file is being…

                      6 votes
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                      • Expose a page item's height and width to scripting

                        A script can determine a page item's dimensions via its geometricBounds property. But this doesn't work when the page item is overset. To get the dimensions of page item in overset text, you have to expose the page item temporarily, which is always time-consuming and often barely possible.

                        So if we could have properties such as

                        myTextFrame.width
                        myTextFrame.height

                        that would be very useful.

                        Thank you.

                        6 votes
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                        • [Scripting] add all find functions to the Page class

                          Hi,

                          Could you please consider adding all find/change functions to the Page class ?
                          .findText / .findGrep / .findObject / .changeText / .changeGrep / etc

                          5 votes
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                          • Placing multi-page PDF (script)

                            The script PlaceMultipagePDF is a very usefull and neat tool. However, I feel it miss a few options.

                            - Scale to document page size. With additional option of "fill frame proportionally", "fill content proportionally, "fit content to frame", "fit frame to content" and "center content".
                            - Option where to place the frame on the page:
                            -- Option to place on any corner or center of page.
                            -- Option to place on any corner or center of bleed.
                            -- Option to have different options above on left and right page.

                            5 votes
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                            • Bring back ExtendScipt Toolkit for High Sierra and InDesign CC 2018.

                              Bring back ExtendScipt Toolkit for High Sierra and InDesign CC 2018. The older version of ExtendScript works but the newer does not work. What is the reason for discontinuing ExtendScripts Toolkit? I have 12 designers with a subscription for each one of them and 6 of those designers rely on ExtendScript Toolkit for one of their workflows.

                              4 votes
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                              • Add support of XSLT2

                                Please add support for XSLT2, which is the XSLT standard since 2007.

                                4 votes
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                                • Swapping Images Command

                                  Please develop Swapping Images Command in Indesign so very easy to swap pictures each other in the document for everywhere means in table or frame.
                                  Even Big to Small or small to big jus select to frame or table and press the command or shortcuts key of swapping images and It's very useful.

                                  3 votes
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                                  • Add beforeSave and beforePDFexport

                                    Please add a beforeSave and a beforePDFexport event to be able to run custom validation scripts.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Scripts integration in the InDesign Templates

                                      Currently we're running the scripts for particular templates separately, but it'll be good, if we have an option in InDesign to integrate those scripts in the same templates. So running of scripts will become mandatory without depending on the users to run.

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Would like to see a fonction that would allow to export/import Articles information. i.e., able to load info.

                                        Would like to see a fonction that would allow to export/import Articles information. i.e., able to load info.

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                                        • 2 votes
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