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  1. [Performance] Footnote disappears

    A footnote disappeared without reason then appeared back when I changed something in the page layout. This is a very important bug because InDesign didn't display any kind of warning about this problem: no red indicator of missing text or overfull text block. I noticed it by chance. Please look at the screen captures to understand it: the number 2 footnote is missing whereas the footnote number is present in the text. In the other screen capture, the problem has been solved.

    92 votes
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  2. Anchored textframe with auto-sizing/auto-adjusting "height" causes InDesign 2020 to freeze

    Anchored textframe with auto-sizing/auto-adjusting "height", text aligned to baseline and anchored object settings "anchored position: custom", "anchorPoint: bottom left/center/right" causes InDesign 2020 (15.0.1) to freeze (on Mac and PC).


    1. create an new document (size doesn't matter)

    2. create an new textframe (dimensions doesn't matter)

    3. create a second textframe (dimensions doesn't matter)

    4. insert some text in second generated textframe

    5. select the text and apply the option "align to baseline".

    6. anchor second textframe into the first created textframe

    7. set anchored object settings of the anchored textframe to: "anchored position: custom" and "anchorPoint: bottom left or bottom center or bottom right"

    8. select the anchored…

    58 votes
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  3. Forced line breaks within text variables introduces an unavoidable letter space

    When a forced line break is inserted within text that is used for a variable, a random, unavoidable letter space is introduced into the variable text.
    There are obvious workarounds, but a solution to this would be really convenient.
    See attached screenshots for example.

    58 votes
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  4. InDesign 15.1.1 English dictionary missing plural word spellings

    Since the update every plural word version is not in the dictionary. Simple, basic words like 'years' and 'days' now show as a spelling error. It was working fine before the latest update. Get it fixed - it's pointless having the spellchecker when so many basic words are missing!

    28 votes
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  5. Serious problem of "^" for GREP search

    Enter only "^" in the GREP search string field and click the search button to select the insertion point at the beginning of the paragraph. But this cannot be used for replacement. The replacement result is 0.
    I gave up that it was only useful for simple pointing tricks, but when I run it from a script the application hangs.

    It is like this. (When executed, the rainbow cursor will rotate forever.
    Please be careful. )

    app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = "^";
    var res = app.activeDocument.findGrep ();

    If the replacement string field is "~ c" (the contents of the clipboard), the first character…

    27 votes
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  6. Indesign performance issue : Slow work of Indesign when editing text with large footnotes

    I'd like to report a bug. Please follow the scenario below:


    1. In a single column with lots of text in it, make two columns for a fragment of text


    2. In text within the two-column setup, make a footnote. Add several lines of text to the footnote


    3. Turn on the "Span Footnotes Across Columns" feature so that footnote ends up in the same group with the footnotes at the bottom of the page rather than below the two-column fragment


    4. Expected behaviour: normal editing can be performed after these manipulations


    5. Observed behaviour: any text editing after turning on the "Span Footnotes Across…

    24 votes
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  7. Make bulleted lists act correctly when it's moved by text wrap

    The bullets on the image attached have a left indent of 3 mm and a first line left indent -3 mm, but have incorrect layout, because the adjacent text box has text wrap applied, which displaces the text with bullets.

    21 votes
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  8. ID 2020 - Indent in combination with wrap text around an image not working

    In Indesign 2020, whenever I want to wrap text next to an image, but the text also has an indent the text jumps from the supposed position.
    In Indesign 2019 this did not happen. The text was wrapped nicely next to the image, the way you should expect.

    My guess what happens here, is that the indent specs are applied not the the edge of the frame, but to the edge of the text. Which corrupts the spacing between the image and the text.

    I'm working with the latest 2020 version on iMac with Catalina

    17 votes
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  9. GREP position marker "^" = Beginning of Paragraph (not beginning of a new line after a forced line break)

    Dear Support,

    with the GREP position marker "^" for "Beginning of Paragraph", the GREP-search should consider the position of the beginning of a paragraph.
    But this marker does not only recognize the beginning of a paragraph, but also the beginning of a new line after a forced line break (SHIFT-RETURN).

    This is not correct: A forced new line is not the beginning of a paragraph.
    The only correct way would be to consider the beginning of a paragraph (RETURN).

    Sometimes you can use "(?=\r)\w+" to look for a word behind a Return instead of "^\w+" to find only the hits…

    14 votes
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  10. A splitted footnote with three lines violates keep options and makes a widow instead of an orphan


    1. Version of Adobe InDesign
      This issue appears in every InDesign versions since footnotes are supported.
      Bug reports / feature requests (from CS3 up to CS6) have been ignored in the past.


    2. Steps to reproduce the issues
      given:
      a) a footnote with three text lines
      b) splitting footnotes allowed in the footnote options
      c) keep options: at start/end of Paragraph 2/2 (2 lines at start, 2 lines at end)


    Play with the textframes hight so that the footnote is forced to be splitted. It will only split 2/1, not 1/2.


    1. Actual result
      The footnots splits with 2 lines in the textframe…

    13 votes
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  11. Bad optical kerning for superscript "4"

    When a superscript "4" follows a closing smart quotation mark, optical kerning is set to -60 or -70 depending on font. This is too close (basically a crash).

    This is annoying for books with lots of endnotes, where superscript numbers usually follow quotation marks.

    10 votes
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  12. Grep expressions with ~F in a character class fail in endnotes

    The inclusion of ~F in a character class invalidates grep expressions in endnotes.

    InDesign version: 14.0.2.324 (with the GREP fix installed)

    Steps to reproduce:


    1. Open the attached document. It contains a single page with text and an endnote.

    2. In the GREP tab of the Find/What window, enter the following GREP expression:

    \d[^.,;~F]+

    And target the document. The expression matches from a digit up to the next period, comma, semicolon, or footnote marker.

    Expected result: The expression should match some text in the main text and in the endnote.
    Actual Result: The expression does not match anything in the endnote.

    To…

    9 votes
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  13. Invisible character

    Apply all Auto Edits inserts an invisible character before which then interferes with Find and Replace. When pasted into a GREP search, it looks like ~I, but can't be found. It can be manually removed, but this is not helpful, as I need to be able to perform a comprehensive Find/Replace.

    9 votes
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  14. Footnote marker is replaced with an unknown character if preceded by a character with a specific Unicode pattern

    Footnote marker is replaced with an unknown character if preceded by a character with a specific Unicode pattern. Unicode pattern is U+##1a. Here are some of those characters:

    U+011a
    U+021a
    U+031a
    U+041a
    U+051a
    U+061a
    U+071a
    U+081a

    You could try the attached test file for placement in to an InDesign document. Unicode of the character following the footnote marker is : U+011a

    This happen when file format of the file is either RTF or DOC. Its not a issue with DOCX.

    7 votes
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  15. Underline with variable font

    When the underline of a variable font is activated, the underline takes the whole height of the page. (Indesign 15.1.2)

    6 votes
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  16. placing text at cursor jumps in rtl in InDesign 15.1.1.103

    When placing a story at cursor using a right-to-left story frame, the cursor is in the wrong place.

    This has also been filed as Bug ID-4219127

    5 votes
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  17. InDesign is unusable after the latest update (13.1) with spell checking and hyphenation is set to Hungarian / Winsoft.

    InDesign is unusable after the latest update (13.1) if spell checking and hyphenation is set to Hungarian / Winsoft. All words are underlined as incorrectly spelled, hyphenation dosen't work, InDesign hangs. If I open a documents saved before the update InDesign displays the document, than hangs.

    OS Sierra 10.26.6

    5 votes
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  18. Excel filter rejects custom Cell Range for 26-column sheets (.xlsx-only)

    Excel filter rejects custom Cell Range for 26-column sheets (.xlsx-only)

    Steps to reproduce the issues:
    1. Create a new document.
    2. Select File > Place, check Show Import Options, select attached Columns_26.xlsx file.
    3. Note nonstandard default Cell Range: A1:A@10 (should be A1:Z10).
    4. Enter custom (valid) Cell Range "A1:E5"

    Expected result:
    No error and a table containing cells A1 through E5.

    Actual result:
    Error message, "You have not entered a valid 'Cell Range'. (See attached screenshot.)

    This error is given for any sheet whose right-most column is a multiple of 26 (so Z, AZ, BZ, etc.). Place the attached…

    5 votes
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  19. arabic

    Cursor Direction when typing Arabic or other RTL languages. in Middle Eastern version ONLY.


    1. All Middle Eastern versions (English يدعم العربية)


    2. Type Arabic text. Place the cursor within text. Hold "Shift" key and click on right arrow key on the keyboard to select/highlight text. Cursor moves left and select next character on the left while clicking on right arrow.


    3. To select a character to the left of the cursor, we should hold (Shift+left arrow) To select a character to the right of the cursor, we should hold (Shift+right arrow)


    4. What actually is happening now and for over 20 years when…

    5 votes
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  20. Keyboard shortcuts to change case not working on Windows

    Keyboard shortcuts to change case of lines of text is no longer working. Apart from Alt-T to get up the text menu, I'm now having to use the mouse to select the further options to change to Title case. The sequence Alt-T-E-T, no longer works. As I frequently have many entries which need unifying each time I use it, this once useful feature is sorely missing. Please can you fix it Adobe?

    4 votes
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