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  1. Page Panel Numbering in right-to-left spreads

    In a document with facing pages, when the document is changed to right-to-left, the numbers in page panel are displayed with a weird encoding or extra characters.

    47 votes

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  2. Rounded corners aren't perfectly rounded

    Why aren't rounded corners perfectly rounded? I created a 100x100px square, rounded the corners to 50px which should give me a perfect circle except it doesn't.

    46 votes

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    8 comments  ·  Graphics/Images/Assets  ·  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

  3. Wrong use of German term »Nutzen« in the PDF export options dialogue

    The term »Nutzen« is not used correctly as this usually refers to how many units of a design you put onto a printing sheet.

    What it should read in the options is simply »Doppelseite« or »Doppelseite fortlaufend« or »Doppelseite (Deckblatt)« or »Doppelseite fortlaufend (Deckblatt). The term »Nutzen« should be omitted completely.

    40 votes

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    9 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Share Review not showing online "pins"

    The comments are marked on web as "Non Mapped Comments" while in Indesign they´re showed in right places!

    The comments are synced "n" times before this momment

    40 votes

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  5. Indesign performance issue : slow opening, saving, exporting files

    InDesign taking up to 5 minutes to open a file. The file is a one-page document. Two minutes of nothing, then 2 minutes of a blue status bar, then another minute watching the tiny status bar on the application icon in the doc. Once the file is "open" it isn't visible until I toggle back and forth between InDesign and another application. Saving, even after changing only one text character, takes 55 seconds. Exporting a 30 page document to PDF took 20 minutes.

    40 votes

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    9 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 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

  6. Khmer script justification is broken

    With the CC version, having World-Ready Composer enabled, Khmer script justification is still broken. I tried to use the text with and without ZWSP, and it's all the same. There was a thread talking about it https://forums.adobe.com/message/5030301 but seems no any new update.

    The justification is also broken in Photoshop CC.

    35 votes

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    13 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

  7. Export to PDF function crash in InDesign 15.1

    Today I have updated to InDesign 15.1 and when I try to export to PDF the application immediately crash.

    This happen even I change the type of export (small dimension, print, etc.).

    I'm using windows 10 pro ver. 1909 build 18363.836, and Indesign 15.1 x64.

    The system start to work but the application crash at 16% of the export.

    The problem seems connected with something on the file, because I try to export another project and it work perfectly.

    The file was all "green" in the preliminary checks panel.

    And I notice that the system crash also using other function,…

    32 votes

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  8. Imported PDF comments not accurate


    1. ID 14 Mac

    2. Import PDF comments from file, including strikethroughs, replaced text, comments

    3. Some edits NOT SHOWN in ID file, though clearly present when PDF is viewed in Acrobat

    4. Faithful transfer of all edits to ID file
      (note non-transferred strikethrough of Highlights of Baltics in bottom quarter of screendump)

    31 votes

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    11 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

  9. 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.

    31 votes

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    47 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

  10. Variable Font not working in InDesign 2020

    We came along a severe bug within InDesign 2020 and Variable Font.

    These Blog Posts are describing it quite well:

    https://forum.glyphsapp.com/t/variable-fonts-indesign-2020-bug/13051

    and:
    https://forum.glyphsapp.com/t/variable-fontz-in-indesign/13032

    Illustrator and Photoshop do not have this bug.

    29 votes

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

    The issue has been fixed in the latest release of InDesign – InDesign 2021. The fix was also available in the previous version of InDesign – version 15.1.2
    Please update to either of these versions of InDesign to get the fix.


    Adobe InDesign team

  11. Shortcuts and keyboard keys stop working.

    CC2018, Windows 10, latest update as of 01/18/18, x64 system with 12GB RAM. I often have to close and reopen documents or InDesign itself for shortcuts and some keys to work. There does not seem to be a common cause or specific file(s) that sets it off and it may or may not happen to all open documents if more than one is open. Generally closing the document and reopening it helps, but there have been times where I have to restart the program for anything to work. The issue includes any shortcuts and sometimes keys such as the arrow…

    28 votes

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  12. 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…

    28 votes

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    37 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

  13. 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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  14. 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.

    27 votes

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  15. Can't share from Adobe Comp CC on the iPad (which is the whole reason I signed up for a trial)

    Sharing to InDesign causes Comp CC to Crash! The whole reason I signed up for the InDesign trial is to see how it works with Comp. Please fix or extend my trial until this has ben handled!

    25 votes

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  16. 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…

    25 votes

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    44 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

  17. No keyboard focus on launch

    InDesign 14.0.1.209, macOS Mojave 10.14.2

    When launched and the following conditions hold, InDesign does not seem to have keyboard focus (i.e.., no keyboard shortcuts work):


    1. Show ‘Start’ Workspace When No Documents Are Open is unticked.

    2. The Control bar is open in the default workspace.

    3. The CC Libraries panel is either not in the default workspace or collapsed.

    Note that conditions 2 and 3 are met by several of the standard workspace, for example both Advanced and Typography (but not Book, Essentials or Essentials Classic).

    If you choose a menu item or click in an input field, the app gains keyboard…

    23 votes

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  18. 15.1.2 No cursor visible in Input fields in Light/Medium Light themes

    Since installing 15.1.2 on iMac 10.15.6 (and after restart) , I can't see my cursor (blinking) in the Find/change input field. I can type in some text though, but still no cursor visible

    22 votes

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  19. CC2020: Alternate text for hyperlinks

    In CC2020 a new function for writing alternate text for links was introduced.
    Using this function and generating a PDF Leeds to wrong PDF notation. The alt text in PDF is presented by alt text, which is forbidden in the PDF world, where alt text only should be used for non text elements, e.g. pictures. By presenting only the alt text the accessibility is lost – this is against the goal to hav a better output!
    A correct output would lead to a content entry.

    Note: Alt text for links is under discussion, as such alt text is not present…

    22 votes

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  20. 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

    22 votes

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