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  1. 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…

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  2. 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.

    31 votes

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    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

  3. Drag-Duplicating using Alt/Opt key does not work if key is pressed after dragging

    InDesign 2020 OPTION Duplicate is now broken, just like Photoshop has always been.

    Don't make me commit to the duplicate before moving an item.

    Sometimes I'll move a box, then realize I intended to duplicate it, so then I'll press OPTION... now I have to commit to it FIRST.

    Fix this and stop breaking things!

    31 votes

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  4. InDesign False Ligatures Bug

    InDesign sometimes, seemingly randomly, replaces pairs such as hn, il, io, sy, ek, etc. with completely wrong glyph, such as accented Y, U, etc., when regular Ligature setting is applied. This has been a problem since CS5 and we recently had it occur in CC2015, so it is still there. Affected fonts have been many over the years, including licensed Adobe fonts. Fonts can be Open Type or PostScript. Language setting can be English US, UK, or seemingly anything else. The only thing that works to avoid it is to turn off Ligatures which is generally unacceptable, so the only…

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    Hi,
    We are unable to reproduce the issue in-house.

    In case you have some consistent steps to reproduce the issue from scratch, please feel free to send a mail at amaarora@adobe.com or start a new thread on this portal

    Thanks

  5. skew in character style for numbered list - does not skew

    1. Adobe InDesign 14.0.2 x64
    2. Create a character style with skew i.e 10%. Create a paragraph style with a numbered list. Apply the character style to the numbered list.
    3. skewed numbers
    4. does not skew
    5. -
    30 votes

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    8 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Admin →
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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  6. 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.

    30 votes

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    45 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Admin →
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  7. content aware fit and linked images problem

    Content aware fit is a great idea and is potentially a real timesaver when importing images but I've had to disable it as when updating existing linked images that have been adjusted, rather than keep their size/scale as before they all auto-fit and this is a nightmare when you have carefully placed images such as logos in a long document.

    Could do with an option to auto fit on image import only, or an option to override when updating image links. Unless I've missed something?

    30 votes

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    The fix for this issue is now available in the latest update (14.0.2) of InDesign 2019.

    If you are unable to see the update notification, 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, click on the button to update to Id 14.0.2.

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

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

    Thanks,
    InDesign Team

  8. When you place an object with ‘Corner Options’ and ‘Text Wrap (Wrap around object shape)’ on a frame, the text moves.

    Checked on Windows 10 Japanese version, InDesign CS5 to CC2024

    1.Create a new document
    2.Create a frame grid with the Horizontal Grid Tool
    3.Insert a few line breaks at the beginning and assign sample text
    4.Draw a rectangle with the Rectangle Tool
    5.Set the shape in Corner Options to anything other than ‘None’
    6.Set the text wrap to ‘Wrap around object shape’
    7.When the drawn rectangle is placed on the frame, it is pushed out by one character

    It’s strange that the text moves even though the rectangle is not placed on top of the text.

    Conditions for the object…

    29 votes

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  9. CC2018 exporting pixelated PDF

    Every export setting is giving same result.. Some have hidden items showing up. all have pixilations. Illustrator is exporting perfectly, I use 1 of 2 export settings for everything we do here.

    29 votes

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    35 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Admin →
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    Fix of the issue is now available in InDesign’s latest November’17 update.
    Please upgrade to the latest version InDesign CC 13.0.1 for the fix.

    If you are unable to see the update, go to Creative Cloud application and click on the context menu on the top right and click on Check for App Updates.

    Thanks,
    InDesign Team

  10. Indesign performance issue : Bad performance when using span columns in InDesign/InCopy

    VERSIONS
    Windows 7, CC 2015.4 and CC 2017.0
    Windows 10, CC 2015.4 and CC 2017.0
    macOS 10.12, CC 2015.4
    even CS6 versions are affected...


    STEPS TO REPRODUCE
    1. Create an InDesign document with several pages
    2. Define the text frame options with two columns
    3. Link all frames and fill with placeholder text
    4. Create a new paragraph style with the option "span columns" (e.g. title)
    5. Define several parts of the layout with the new paragraph style
    6. Edit some text near the paragraph style
    --> the performance while typing is very very bad!!!


    EXPECTED RESULT
    InDesign and InCopy…

    29 votes

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    Partial Fix  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have been able to improve the performance with span columns but it is till work in progress.

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the incremental 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. Underlines are drawn in the space left by "danraku jisage".

    When I use "danraku jisage " in the "mojigumi akiryou settei" , an underline is underlined in the empty space at the beginning of a line.
    Since there are no characters in the empty space, it is correct that underlines are not underlined in the same way as when indentation is used to lower the line.

    「文字組みアキ量設定」で「段落字下げ」を行ったとき、行頭の空いている部分にも下線が引かれてしまう。
    空いている部分には文字はないので、インデントで下げたときと同じように、下線は引かれないのが正しい。

    28 votes

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  12. InDesign 14.0. freezes after opening

    After opening InDesign 14.0 I can open project. But as soon a leave first running screen with InDesign, work on 2nd Screen or even just opening explorer or browse in the internet, InDesign 14.0 is freezing. I cannot even close it. I have to restart the system. In fact I cannot work with it. I have to run 13.1 (2018) to work with ID.
    I am working with Desktop PC and Win10

    28 votes

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    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

  13. InDesign CC 2018 workspace loading incorrectly

    Since InDesign 2015 I have had the workspace customised for daily use however every time I restart InDesign my workspace shows it’s still selected however the panels collapse and some disappear entirely. I need to select reset workspace every single time without changing anything else and it goes back to my setup.

    Is there a way to make this remember, as I thought saving workspaces is what this is supposed to be doing? And considering that I can reset my workspace and it does come back then something else is happening.

    28 votes

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    Hello All,

    Thank you for your support. The issue is now fixed in the latest update of InDesign.
    Please upgrade to the new InDesign 14.0 from your Creative Cloud Application.

    If you are unable to see the update yet, click on the menu (three dots) on the top right corner of Creative cloud app and click on “Check for App Updates”.

    Let us know your feedback in the comment section.

    Thanks,
    Abhinav Kaushik
    InDesign Team

  14. problem with optical margin alignment and world-ready paragraph composer

    1. This happens in multiple versions of InDesign. I've reproduced it in ID CS 6 (8.1.0.420), ID CC 2019 (14.0.3.433), ID 2021 (16.4.0.55), and ID 2022 (17.0.0.68).

    2. Steps to reproduce:
      (1) Open InDesign
      (2) Create a new empty document
      (3) Create a text frame that is 100 mm by 100 mm
      (4) Place Text4.txt
      (5) Go Type > Story > check Optical Margin Alignment

    3. Expected result:
      The left margin should be somewhat ragged because the * character needs to be shifted left to make the margin appear straight. The right margin should be completely even because each line ends with the…

    27 votes

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  15. 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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  16. Different views when switching between preview and normal mode

    Strange behavior. I recently switched between preview and normal mode and InDesign showed me an older version of the document.

    Most recent MacOS and InDesign Version.

    27 votes

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  17. 2019 workspace not sticking

    upon opening a new document in Indesign 2019, workspace needs to be reset every time to return to preferred working environment.

    27 votes

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    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. 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…

    27 votes

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    In Backlog  ·  Nikhil Kedia responded

    Issue is still seen in 'Immediate' Live Screen Drawing mode, when pressing alt in between the drag while copying to another spread

  19. Indesign incredibly slow or crashes with more than one document open

    InDesign (15.0.2) becomes almost unusable with more than (1) document open. Trying to copy text or images from one document to the next or just work in one of the documents while the other is open results in minutes-long wait times (or complete crash) to even select a text box, type a character, etc.

    Steps to reproduce:
    Open INDD doc (either on network or desktop)
    Open second INDD doc
    Attempt to edit text in either doc or copy over text from one document to the next

    Set-up info:
    InDesign 15.0.2
    Windows 10 Enterprise // 10.0.17763

    Trouble-shooting included:
    - Turned off…

    26 votes

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    As confirmed by a customer over the thread that the issue is fixed in InDesign 2020(v15.1.2.226).

    We recommend you upgrade to either InDesign 2020(v15.1.2.226) or to the latest InDesign 2021(v16.0.0.77) for the fix.

    If you are unable to see the update, go to the Creative Cloud application and click on the context menu on the top right and click on Check for App Updates.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  20. PDF Export

    InDesign CC2019 / PDF Export Print (Druck)
    It is no longer possible to export correctly to PDF x3 or x4; and it is no longer possible to change the export settings of colour profiles (for example to FOGRA 39 or ISO Coated etc…)

    26 votes

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