Bug details

Identical shapes on different layers end up different sizes when scaled together using the selection tool

1) This bug occurred on InDesign cc2017 and CS6. 2) Follow these steps to replicate the bug: create a shape, let's say a circle, and then copy this circle and paste it in a separate layer directly over the top of the first. To better see the effects of the bug, make the fill of the top circle red, and the bottom blue. At this point, the bottom blue circle is completely hidden by the red circle above it. Now put a 4pt stroke with an outside alignment on the bottom blue circle. The blue circle is still hidden, and now it appears as if the red circle on top has a stroke. Before making any changes to the shapes, make sure the Dimensions Include Stroke Weight and Adjust Stroke Weight when Scaling are DESELECTED in the Transform panel options. Make sure both the Info palette and the Transform palette are visible so you can read the starting and ending measurements in both palettes. Using the selection tool, select BOTH circles together, and then pull on any corner to enlarge the two shapes together. 3) EXPECTED RESULT: the two shapes should scale together. They start with the equal measurements in both the Info and Transform palettes, and once scaled, the shapes and the measurements should still read as being equal (albeit larger) sizes. 4) THE ACTUAL RESULT: the two shapes are different sizes after scaling. Remember that Dimensions Include Stroke Weight was deselected, so the stroke shouldn’t have any effect on the shape size, and yet, the bottom shape is slightly bigger than the top. Not only is the blue circle now clearly visible and peeking out from beneath the red circle, but the Info and Transform palettes read TWO different sizes. The following are images that illustrate the bug:

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi @Abhinav Kaushik. Thank you for the response. Unfortunately, this bug has NOT been fixed in 13.1.

    I open a new document in that version of ID, and repeated the exact steps I outlined in the post above. The program still behaves in precisely the same manner - two identical shapes on separate layers end up two different sizes if selected and enlarged together with the Selection Tool.

    It should be noted that in order for the bug to manifest, the shapes need to have strokes assigned to them. If no strokes are present on the shapes, then the program behaves correctly. The shapes selected and enlarged by the Selection Tool will indeed be the same exact size. This also holds true if both shapes have strokes assigned to them that are the same size. However, if only one shape has a stroke, OR if both shapes have strokes that are of different sizes, then the bug appears. These identical shapes will end up different sizes if selected and enlarged (or reduced) using the Selection Tool. Please note, that as in the example above, "Dimensions Include Stroke Weight" is NOT checked.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For whatever reason, Adobe shows the order of the uploaded pictures IN REVERSE ORDER. The correct order is ID_bug_01.jpeg, ID_bug_02.jpeg, ID_bug_03.jpeg, ID_bug_04.jpeg, and ID_bug_05.jpeg.

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