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  1. Screen flickering - Screen turns black when moving objects.

    When i drag and drop a Textframe my Screen flickers black for a second - almost every damn time. This happens for me and most of my colleagues and it is horrible to work with.

    I feel like it got worse after installing the latest "Tablehead" fix that fixed the disapearing tableheads.

    Build 12.1.0.56
    OS X El Capitan 10.11.6
    iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5", 2015)
    3,3 GHz Intel Core i7
    16 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 1536 MB

    2nd Monior is a DELL U2414H, 23,5" at 1800p

    This is happening on quite a lot of machines in…

    27 votes
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    33 comments  ·  Performance/Usability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The issue reported is at Apple’s end.
    Hence, Apple is recommending to update macOS to 10.15.x version in order to resolve this issue.

    Please update your macOS to Catalina. If you still face this issue in macOS 10.15 do add your comment in this thread.


    Adobe InDesign team

  2. Id CC 2020 pdf export failure

    I get an error "Failed to Export the PDF file" when exporting file previously created in Id CC 2019.
    Id does not give any details about the error. It simply stops exporting. I've never seen such a message before (I've been working with Id since version 1.0).
    The same file is exported from CC2019 without any problems.
    Windows 10 with all updates.

    22 votes
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    25 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Unable to launch Adobe InDesign as you do not have sufficient permissions to access the preferences folders.

    I can't even open InDesign anymore, I keep getting an error message that says "Unable to launch Adobe InDesign as you do not have sufficient permissions to access the preferences folders. Ensure that you have appropriate permissions and then restart Adobe InDesign." I've changed permissions on every folder and file to "Read & Write" that I thought would help make it work but nothing is working. I was trying to open the latest version of ID, even undownloaded and tried using CC 2017 to no avail. I need this fixed ASAP.

    MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
    MacOS High Sierra Version 10.13.3

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    33 comments  ·  Crash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Publish Online URL links breaking website functionality

    File Created in Indesign CC 2017

    I have created a test interactive document with links to product DG012 on our company website.

    https://indd.adobe.com/view/da74b2d3-46b2-40cf-99e2-8201ddc6248a

    When the link is clicked from publish online it opens the page but seems to disable all scripts that run on the website. e.g. search field and add to cart no longer functions on that page.

    The website itself functions correctly if you navigate to the link manually ( http://www.lockhart.co.uk/Table-Service-and-Buffet/Buffet-Display/Display-Stands/Rafters-F usion-1-2-Board~p~DG012 ).

    Interestingly in safari the add to cart button functions but the search field is still disabled.

    On closer inspection it seems to be an iframe…

    22 votes
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    FIXED  ·  16 comments  ·  ePub/HTML/Publish Online  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Tab indent of RTL Numbered List does not line up

    See two screenshots attached, both are using the exact same settings, (Default, just changed to Hebrew numbering)
    in InDesign 2019 (14.0.3) Everything is nicely aligned, vs in InDesign 2020 (15.0) it's jagged, and I'm not able to align it in any way (Tabs, Indenting, etc.).
    I'm using InDesign 2020 תומך עיברית, on Windows 10

    21 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Text/Story/Table  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  6. Drag-duplicating an object with Alt key pressed does not duplicate, if moving on a separate page

    If I try to duplicate an object to another page, across the pasteboard border, by holding the Alt key and dragging with mouse, the object only moves there. If I want to duplicate an object to another page, I have to first duplicate it on the same page and then move it to another page.

    However, as that is unintuitive, I still constantly try to duplicate an object across the page border, leading me to undo back after I find out the object didn't actually duplicate, but instead I have moved the original object (and oftentimes edited it a lot…

    21 votes
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    40 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  7. With Adjust Layout ON, Text Frames shrink to extremely tiny size on changing Margins.

    I am working in Adobe InDesign CC 2019 14.0.1. When I have a manuscript already flowed into my document and try to adjust the margins on the master page with Adjust Layout enabled, when the new margins are applied to the document, all the existing text boxes "disappear." From what I can tell, they have been resized down to an infinitely small point in the middle of the spread. Obviously, this is not useful. I used to be able to adjust the margins across an entire book-length document in one go with layout adjustment, and the text on every page…

    20 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Adjust Layout  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  8. Color Settings Not Sticking

    Upon updating to InDesign 2019 (14.0) my color settings are no longer retained.

    As soon as I quit the app and restart the color settings go back to "Emulate Adobe InDesign 2.0 CMS Off"

    I have reinstalled the app.
    I have wiped all settings.
    I have cleared the Adobe Color Cache folder.

    18 votes
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    19 comments  ·  Graphics/Images/Assets  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,

    Thank you for your patience all this while.
    This issue is now fixed in the latest update (Id 14.0.1) of InDesign CC.
    If you are unable to see the update notification yet, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.

    Once the update button is shown against InDesign CC, click on the button to update your InDesign to Id 14.0.1 for the fix of the issue.
    Do let us know in the comments, if you face any problem with the new update.

    List of fixed issues can be found at: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    Regards,
    InDesign Team

  9. Links export to PDF creates "Null Alt Text" attribute in tagged PDF

    When an ID 15 file with hyperlinks is exported to Tagged PDF, unless you assign alternative text to the Links in ID, the Link tags will have a "null text" attribute which prevents the content of the Link tag from being read by a screen reader. This is a problem for several reasons. Not everyone chooses to add alternative text to hyperlinks. It's a UA, but not a WCAG 2 requirement. An automated accessibility checker like Acrobat's or even PAC is not going to flag this. Most people do not do a "Jaws check" of the PDF they are remediating…

    17 votes
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    3 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Please change one word in the German Indesign

    The German Word "Abstände" is used two times in the paragraph style panel but with two completely different meanings.

    First use "Einzüge und Abstände" is in English "Indents and Spacing".

    Second use "Abstände" is in English "Justification".

    Please change the second one to "Blocksatz" or "Blocksatzeinstellungen" so that the German users will not be confused anymore.

    Or contact a German speaking InDesign pro user for a better translation.

    Just a small change to make a lot of (German speaking) people happy!

    17 votes
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    7 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  11. InDesign performance issue: New document window gives blank screen

    Latest version of InDesign supplied by Creative Cloud installer on 64-bit Windows 10 PC.

    Steps to reproduce:
    1. File - New Document.
    2. Bingo...

    Expected result:
    A useful window with options to create a new document.

    Actual result:
    A useless blank screen (see attached screenshot).

    16 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Performance/Usability  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  12. 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.

    15 votes
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  13. Cells formatted as Number/Currency etc. in Excel without decimal places or as Date not imported correctly into InDesign.

    InDesign CC : 2020 / 15.0.0.155
    MacOS : 10.13.6
    MS Excel : 16.30 for Mac

    We were able since ever (last version ID CC 2019) to import Excel data-cells by InDesign with the placing functionality. With the actual version of InDesign CC 2020 numbers without any decimal places (e.g. 153) are not imported from Excel files and are displayed in InDesign with a "0" - (e.g. 153 imports to InDesign as 0). If the numbers in the Excel files have at least 1 decimal place numbers are imported correctly (e.g. 153.6 imports to InDesign as 153.6). Please fix this InDesign…

    14 votes
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    16 comments  ·  Others  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  14. World-Ready Composer Is messing up the kerning in Latin fonts

    I have reported a variation of this—back with CS6—but it seems not to have been fixed. I assume it's a bug, but if someone can enlighten me about what I might be doing wrong and how I can fix this, I'd appreciate it.

    I often work on books that include Arabic and Hebrew words and phrases in the middle of English text. They only way to get the Arabic ligatures to form is to use one of the World Ready composers. When I do that, though, the kerning around some English characters often—but not always—is affected. I have tried turning…

    14 votes
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    10 comments  ·  Text/Story/Table  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  15. InDesign performance issue: Hangs when exporting to PDF


    1. Latest Indesign CC, Windows 10

    2. ID would sometimes not finish the export to PDF task and hangs for minutes. It must then be killed in the task manager. During this it constantly consumes a big lot of RAM and CPU power. See attachment.

    14 votes
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    26 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  16. Vertical Text Alignment not working correctly in InDesign 2020

    I recently upgraded to InDesign CC 2020 and find all the text in circles not aligned vertically center. Document was last opened in CC 2019 and these were fine. I haven’t modified these since. Rectangles are fine. See attached example - clearly not right and inconsistently so. I have tried every setting and I can’t get them to line up. Thanks!

    13 votes
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    12 comments  ·  Text/Story/Table  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    If you have created documents from ID15.0 where you see this issue, please do a Force Recomposition of the Text Frames (Cmd-Opt-/ on Mac, Ctrl-Alt-/ on Win) to make it work correctly.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  17. Import PDF Comments - New Bugs identified

    We're facing below issues in the new feature, called 'Import PDF Comments':

    (1) If text frames are overlapped and grouped, PDF comments are not embedding correctly, also updating in wrong places (please refer the attachment 1Error1.png)
    (2) PDF comments are not embedding correctly for the grouped frames (please refer the attachment 2
    Error2.png)
    (3) PDF comments are not embedding correctly for the sub-frames (please refer the attachment 3Error3.png)
    (4) PDF comments are not embedding correctly inside table cells (please refer the attachment 4
    Error4.png)
    (5) PDF comments are not embedding correctly when the fonts are missing (please refer…

    13 votes
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    4 comments  ·  PDF Comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,

    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 14.0.3

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you are unable to see the update yet, go to Creative Cloud desktop application, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right corner and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 14.0.3
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

  18. Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Right Arrow / Left Arrow in tables

    InDesign version 14.0.

    The keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+Right Arrow" to move one word to the right does not work when the text cursor is in a table. Same for "Ctrl+Left Arrow", to move one word to the left.

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    16 comments  ·  Text/Story/Table  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020.

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  19. Unable to change fonts

    I am unable to change fonts.

    Changing weights seems to work, but changing fonts does not work.

    12 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Text/Story/Table  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  20. Redraw problems when having multiple Textboxes in a Textflow (Often used in DatabasedPublishing)

    macOS: 10.13.6
    InDesign: 14.0.2.

    When placing a Text-Frame that Adjusts in height inside of a "Master-Textframe" (Often used in DatabasedPublishing to paginate Products that should not split between columns etc.) InDesign fails to redraw the placements of other Objects correctly - AND IT EXPORTS TO PDF!

    This is horrible and has already lead to some huge problems in big Projects where we needed to work this way but InDesign made it a pain.

    See attached Video for clarification.

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    5 comments  ·  Others  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

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