Make text variables/live captions breakable like normal text
We work a lot with pictures that get there captions from xmp meta data stored in the pictures.
There is a great feature in InDesign called textvariables/live captions ;) for this… BUT these variables don‘t wrap like normal text :(
Instead we have to convert the live captions to static text to get the proper text warp and in doing so losing our live link to the XMP meta data.
So please enhance this feature to a real feature and allow variables to wrap like normal text. Thanks!
We have added this feature in our backlog for future release
John Soby commented
This issue is still not addressed – and renders variables unusable in many different scenarios. Text in variables needs to behave as just that. Text.
From a programmer's view, this should be a relatively simple thing to fix – yet here we are. Still.
@Abhinav Agarwal - Is this very important behavior STILL on the list? Your message is now about five years old, so it seems to be very, very low priority. And yet text variables are a central feature of any text presentation app.
I'm worried that this whole area of improvement may never happen.
Good grief, yes! All variable text MUST be part of the flow that GREP sees. Variables surely would be expanded before passing the paragraph on to GREP. Surely ... !
Curtis Hight commented
I arrived at roadblocks in Text Variables over the past two days. First, I discovered that the full range of metadata contained in Lightroom is not available via Text Variables, and then, Second, I discovered that Text Variables does not play well with GREP. Yes, please, bring new life to Text Variables!
Gabry Os commented
Why is this even an issue??? Just found there is a problem and really took the joy away from using the software
savannah Pawlicki-Mason commented
Not to be that person but Adobe makes enough money to ignore us. They will add new features but it's not likely to fix issues. Wouldn't be worth it $$
eduardo asta commented
affinity suite...I've never heard. It seems pretty nice!
eduardo asta commented
Dear Abhinav, we are now in 2022.....how long and useless is the backlog?
Paul O'Brien commented
Real hubris to not have this come up higher in the backlog by this time. This is another reason for smaller projects I've moved to the affinity suite. It's not as powerful as adobe, but it's much more enjoyable to use.
Please add the feature.
Its REALLY ENCOURAGING that this FIX went on the list for future release -- IN 2017!
It must be ALMOST DONE by now. Wow. I can't wait. Sheesh!
I can't believe this app was put out with live captions unable to wrap / line break. I have wasted so much time with this feature.
Therus Santana commented
InDesign is stagnant, when new features appear to be useless most of the community, only serve to increase Adobe's ego. The necessary resources (largely basic) that should be improved only stay in the promise!
is adobe saving this for CC2043
Jack Brannen commented
Adobe—come on!! We've been waiting forever.
Tomasz Owsianka commented
4 years of backlog wow, the next release will be gigantic!
PLEASE fix this half-baked feature!
Please get real. This was a problem the first day text variables were added to InDesign.
What is Adobe thinking? We need this -- it's just CORRECT implementation of the supposed feature of text variables, captions, etc. Without correct behavior, the feature isn't a feature at all!
Does InDesign have a text variable feature? Yes ... well, actually NO. They expand the variable at the wrong stage in the construction of a paragraph, so it's effectively useless unless the inserted text is the same size as the variable name. But that's ridiculous! Yes, it is. Then how do you use this feature? Well, basically, you don't. or, like the OP, you expand (i.e., destroy) all the variables every time you output your document. Then, I guess, all you can do is UNDO all the expansions, and remember to expand them again if you print the document again.
Is this ridiculous? Yes. Is Adobe going to fix this bug? It's not a bug, it's a half-implemented feature. Well, are they doing anything about it? No. They said they would, but that was 3.5 years ago. It's zero priority. They'd rather we buy images from them.
Can we have an idea of when the detailed features you are introducing right now (2021) where submitted to backlog ? 1997 maybe ?
Michael G. commented
Is this STILL a thing? Unbelievable.
Not having competition must be nice.