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  1. idml pasteboard

    When exporting file from indd2020 to idml, the pasteboard automatically disappears. Whatever the pasteboard dimensions were before, it becomes 0,0 when converted to idml.

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  2. Hyperlinks lost after export to IDML

    After exporting a rather large file to IDML most of the hyperlinks got lost. It's starts after ~page 110. After tha point only Hyperlinks in Footnotes or tables are preserved. Problem didn't occured in an older version of the project.

    (Adobe CC, InDesign 15.0.2, Win 10)

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  3. file size 2020

    Hi all, we have 2 issues that could do with some input.


    1. on certain files exported from Indesign 2020 (15.0.2) to IDML, soft carriage returns are being added throughout our documents, it didn't do it from 2019?


    2. On the Macs the Indesign 2020 file sizes seem to be at least 30% bigger than saving from 2019 (14.0.3) and different again if we save the same file from the Windows 10 versions. Is anyone else finding this?


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  4. IDML

    Found a bug (in all versions of InDesign) where an IDML does not have the correct CustomGlyph string:


    1. Create a text box and select the font "Zapfino".

    2. Using the Glyphs panel, choose the character for the word "Zapfino" (which is GID 1059). Export to IDML. The IDML will open fine.

    3. Select the character again and change the font to Times. The character will become "uhorngrave", which is GID 1059 in the Times font.

    4. Export to IDML. Open the IDML and it will display as an invalid character.

    The bug is because an IDML does not contain the Glyph ID and…

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  5. Inner glow size reverts to default value

    When saving as Idml all inner glow effects size reverts to default value. This has been happening in all versions as far as I can remember.

    I have attached two screenshots, one of the Indd file and one of the Idml file.

    I am using version 15.0.2

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  6. IDML export corruption

    This bug produces an IDML file with misplaced or missing elements.

    It stems from having a second master page based on another master page.

    When that second master page (based on another) is applied to a page in document, then saved as an IDML, the resulting IDML file will have misplaced or missing elements on the relative pages.

    TEMPORARY WORK-AROUND:
    While viewing the second master page (based on another), choose Override All Master Page Items from the side Pages menu. OR, simply do not base any master pages on other master pages. The resulting IDML file will look exactly like…

    3 votes
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  7. IDML Export Adding Feather Effect to Elements Randomly

    After exporting .indd to .idml and reopening the file has gradient feather effect applied to linked elements. Even when there was no previous effect put on those elements.

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  8. IDML: missing Font Style property in Character Style after export

    Version: InDesign CC 2020 15.0.1

    How to reproduce the bug:
    1. Create a Character Style with "Bold" Font Style and apply it to a word/character range
    2. Save in INDD file format
    3. Export the IDML
    4. Open the IDML and you will notice that the bold property for the Character Style was lost

    Expected result: the Character Style should be the same as in the original INDD file

    Actual result: the "bold" property was lost during the export process. The INDD file is fine.

    I verified that InDesign CC 2019 14.0.3 is not affected by this bug.

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  10. InDesign CC exporting idml's with errors not found in the indd file

    When packaging InDesign CC 14.0.2 .indd files, the resulting idml file has content frames jumping around. The resulting packaged indd file looks fine, but in the idml content frames have moved resulting in images being cut off and text boxes shift cutting off text.

    Process is simply packaging a working indd file with no particularly special settings. Package with indd, idml and pdf. This doesn't happen in every file, maybe 1 in 100.

    2 votes
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  11. idml shifts images in bounding boxes

    PLEASE FIX THIS.

    We send both indd and idml file formats to asian print suppliers. depending on the adobe version the supplier is using we are finding images can shift within bounding boxes - cutting them off at the crop. Or text frames reduce – cutting off copy. This is an incredibly expensive discovery if it not caught in pre-press.

    My team is sending hundreds of files a year to Asian printer suppliers. this bug occurs in about 1 out of a hundred files.

    PLEASE FIX THIS.

    3 votes
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  12. Incorrect stroke styles when opening CC 2019 document in CC 2018

    This is not an idea. It's a bug. When opening Indesign files built in CC 2019, from either the INDD or IDML file, often times the stroke style does not translate properly.

    For example, often a line or a shape with a 1px Black stroke will import with no stroke at all.

    I have never had this sort of incompatibility with IDML files in the past. I do not use CC 2019 because it hangs on every move I make.

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  13. Export as InDesignMarkup (IDML) ignores the color profile

    When exporting an indd-file as an IDML-file we've experienced a problem. In the original file there's an embeded a specific color profile (ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)).
    If we check the exported idml file we found out that InDesign ignores the specific color profile and resets the profile to it's standard profile (U.S. Web Coated (SWOP)) - which is not the desired profile and not suitable for our european print environment.

    That was the reason of some color problems with some printing stores or agencys we're working with in the past.

    At this time we couldn't find a solution or…

    2 votes
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  14. Unable to package files - program freezes creating IDML

    Unable to package documents since 14.0.2 x64 update. Freezes on create IDML. When you try to cancel app hangs. Have to crash service to get the app to close.

    Windows 10 - 1809 17763.437

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  15. Idml export issues

    I have a file that won't export a fully formed .idml file. Here's my setup.

    MacOS Mojave 10.14.4
    InDesign 14.0.2.324

    Steps to reproduce: export or save one particular file as .idml format; open resulting .idml file.

    Expected result: file should open as a new document.

    Actual result: an error dialog pops up saying the file cannot be opened, with the error 'not well formed.'

    This only occurs with one particular file, but it occurs on any Mac used to export the file, and with InDesign version 14.0.3

    I have also tried to open the CC 2019 file in CC 2018,…

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    To identify the cause of this issue, we had started our investigation with the aim to resolve it. You might have also received email from us seeking more details to help in our investigation.

    We’ve concluded our investigation and came up with the finding : Either the issue is fixed in the latest release of InDesign or the issue was intermittent in nature at the time of its reporting and is not reproducible now.

    We recommend you to upgrade to the latest version of InDesign 2020 (if you’re not already on it). It contains a lot of stability fixes.

    If you still face this issue even after updating to the latest version of InDesign, please submit the crash report to us. (The guidelines to submit crash are available at (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/submit-crash-reports.html)
    We seek your support in our continual effort to improve InDesign.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  16. Conditional text is not applied correctly after line break in IDMLs

    If Unconditional text follows a line break where another Paragraph Style is applied with Conditional text, making an IDML out of the document will change the Unconditional text to Conditional.

    Please see example screenshots.

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  17. Space converting to line break in .idml

    Imported Word documents sometimes include invisible character Unicode 2028. In InDesign CC2018 and in Word it looks like a space. When exported to .idml and reopened in client's CS6, it is converted to a Forced Line Break, which is problematic. Can you set 2028 to convert to a space in .idml?

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  18. Embedded PDF/AI images causes documents created from IDMLs to double in size

    File size almost doubles when exporting an INDD document to IDML and then re-save it as an INDD if it has embedded PDF or AI images.

    Create a new InDesign document.
    Place a PDF/AI image in it.
    Embed the image in the InDesign file.
    Save the InDesign file.
    Export the InDesign file to IDML.
    Open the IDML and save it as an INDD document.

    The resulting INDD document will have a file size of almost double the size of the original INDD document. This affects all versions of InDesign (CS6-CC2019) and embedded PDFs created in different applications (Illustrator, Acrobat, Preview).

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  19. InDesign hangs while exporting InDesign document as IDML

    Every time I try to save or export my InDesign document to idml it never finishes. It immediately goes to 27%, and then it never progresses.

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  20. "Preview images" not updated or created in certain circumstances

    Description: The previews are not updated in the following cases:


    • When the file is saved in IDML file format (you need to save in in INDD format before)

    • When the saving options are changed (under "Preferences > File handling") and the file is saved. You need to save the file with another name or make changes in order to have InDesign updating the previews.

    Basically, from our tests, the preview images are only generated when the file is changed and saved in INDD format.


    1. Version of Adobe InDesign, InCopy or InDesign Server
      13.1 (but past CC releases were also impacted)

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