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  1. 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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  2. Paragraph Return is changed into Paragraph Separator (U+2029)

    Version: Indesign CC 2018 and Incopy CC 2018

    The bug as described on https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2344905 still exists in the latest version.

    During the exporting INDD into IDML, the error below occurs.
    Certain Paragraph Return (\r) is changed into 'PARAGRAPH SEPARATOR'(U+2029) and the first sentence’s paragraph style is changed into the paragraph style of the second sentence which makes two sentences into one.
    Every time this bug occurs, we have to open the INDD file and change “U+2029” into another character such as “space” and export it again.
    Finally we found out that this error occurs when 8000th character is “Paragraph Return…

    11 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 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, 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.
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

  3. Conditional text is not applied correctly after line break in IDMLs

    If Unconditional text follows a line break where another Paragraph Style is applied with Conditional text, making an IDML out of the document will change the Unconditional text to Conditional.

    Please see example screenshots.

    10 votes
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  4. CC2018 IDML files not compatible with CS6

    Clients who have CS6 can't open any IDML files I create/export in CC2018. They receive an error message saying the format is unsupported or a plug-in is missing. IDML files created/exported from an earlier version of CC (2017) work fine.

    8 votes
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    We have released InDesign 2020.0.1 with a lot of stability fixes. We recommend you to upgrade to latest version (if you’re not already on it) as it is more robust.

    If you still face this issue even after updating, please send the following information to santalwa@adobe.com:
    • Reproducible Steps – What were you doing when InDesign issue occurred?
    • Video recording of the issue?
    • Is(Are) the issue related to a specific document(s)/asset(s)? If yes, could you provide the document(s)/asset(s) to us? Please package the entire document (To package the document, choose File → Package…)


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  5. Unable to package files - program freezes creating IDML

    Unable to package documents since 14.0.2 x64 update. Freezes on create IDML. When you try to cancel app hangs. Have to crash service to get the app to close.

    Windows 10 - 1809 17763.437

    5 votes
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  6. IDML custom page sizes

    When using an INDD file with custom page sizes, IDML export does not keep Master Page and Document Pages aligned properly, because it registers them as different sizes.

    Even if the pages are the same.

    5 votes
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  7. Embedded PDF/AI images causes documents created from IDMLs to double in size

    File size almost doubles when exporting an INDD document to IDML and then re-save it as an INDD if it has embedded PDF or AI images.

    Create a new InDesign document.
    Place a PDF/AI image in it.
    Embed the image in the InDesign file.
    Save the InDesign file.
    Export the InDesign file to IDML.
    Open the IDML and save it as an INDD document.

    The resulting INDD document will have a file size of almost double the size of the original INDD document. This affects all versions of InDesign (CS6-CC2019) and embedded PDFs created in different applications (Illustrator, Acrobat, Preview).

    4 votes
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  8. InDesign hangs while exporting InDesign document as IDML

    Every time I try to save or export my InDesign document to idml it never finishes. It immediately goes to 27%, and then it never progresses.

    4 votes
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  9. ICML export doesn't include <HyperlinkPageDestination> elements

    (Affects all versions of InDesign that support ICML export)

    Export the story in the attached document to ICML. Delete the story in InDesign and then re-import the ICML. The Hyperlinks panel shows "The referenced paragraph or text anchor is missing".

    This is only a problem for the ICML export of internal links. Hyperlinks to pages in external documents are exported correctly. The information is also correctly stored when saved to IDML.

    4 votes
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  10. IDML export corruption

    This bug produces an IDML file with misplaced or missing elements.

    It stems from having a second master page based on another master page.

    When that second master page (based on another) is applied to a page in document, then saved as an IDML, the resulting IDML file will have misplaced or missing elements on the relative pages.

    TEMPORARY WORK-AROUND:
    While viewing the second master page (based on another), choose Override All Master Page Items from the side Pages menu. OR, simply do not base any master pages on other master pages. The resulting IDML file will look exactly like…

    3 votes
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  11. idml shifts images in bounding boxes

    PLEASE FIX THIS.

    We send both indd and idml file formats to asian print suppliers. depending on the adobe version the supplier is using we are finding images can shift within bounding boxes - cutting them off at the crop. Or text frames reduce – cutting off copy. This is an incredibly expensive discovery if it not caught in pre-press.

    My team is sending hundreds of files a year to Asian printer suppliers. this bug occurs in about 1 out of a hundred files.

    PLEASE FIX THIS.

    3 votes
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  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.

    (Test INDD…

    2 votes
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  13. InDesign CC exporting idml's with errors not found in the indd file

    When packaging InDesign CC 14.0.2 .indd files, the resulting idml file has content frames jumping around. The resulting packaged indd file looks fine, but in the idml content frames have moved resulting in images being cut off and text boxes shift cutting off text.

    Process is simply packaging a working indd file with no particularly special settings. Package with indd, idml and pdf. This doesn't happen in every file, maybe 1 in 100.

    2 votes
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  14. Export as InDesignMarkup (IDML) ignores the color profile

    When exporting an indd-file as an IDML-file we've experienced a problem. In the original file there's an embeded a specific color profile (ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)).
    If we check the exported idml file we found out that InDesign ignores the specific color profile and resets the profile to it's standard profile (U.S. Web Coated (SWOP)) - which is not the desired profile and not suitable for our european print environment.

    That was the reason of some color problems with some printing stores or agencys we're working with in the past.

    At this time we couldn't find a solution or…

    2 votes
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  15. Space converting to line break in .idml

    Imported Word documents sometimes include invisible character Unicode 2028. In InDesign CC2018 and in Word it looks like a space. When exported to .idml and reopened in client's CS6, it is converted to a Forced Line Break, which is problematic. Can you set 2028 to convert to a space in .idml?

    2 votes
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  16. "Preview images" not updated or created in certain circumstances

    Description: The previews are not updated in the following cases:


    • When the file is saved in IDML file format (you need to save in in INDD format before)

    • When the saving options are changed (under "Preferences > File handling") and the file is saved. You need to save the file with another name or make changes in order to have InDesign updating the previews.

    Basically, from our tests, the preview images are only generated when the file is changed and saved in INDD format.


    1. Version of Adobe InDesign, InCopy or InDesign Server
      13.1 (but past CC releases were also impacted)

    2 votes
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  17. indesign cc2018 - IDML EXPORT INCORRECTLY

    indesign cc2018 - IDML EXPORT INCORRECTLY
    Some paragraph and text format was changed

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  18. Hyperlinks lost after export to IDML

    After exporting a rather large file to IDML most of the hyperlinks got lost. It's starts after ~page 110. After tha point only Hyperlinks in Footnotes or tables are preserved. Problem didn't occured in an older version of the project.

    (Adobe CC, InDesign 15.0.2, Win 10)

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  19. file size 2020

    Hi all, we have 2 issues that could do with some input.


    1. on certain files exported from Indesign 2020 (15.0.2) to IDML, soft carriage returns are being added throughout our documents, it didn't do it from 2019?


    2. On the Macs the Indesign 2020 file sizes seem to be at least 30% bigger than saving from 2019 (14.0.3) and different again if we save the same file from the Windows 10 versions. Is anyone else finding this?


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  20. IDML

    Found a bug (in all versions of InDesign) where an IDML does not have the correct CustomGlyph string:


    1. Create a text box and select the font "Zapfino".

    2. Using the Glyphs panel, choose the character for the word "Zapfino" (which is GID 1059). Export to IDML. The IDML will open fine.

    3. Select the character again and change the font to Times. The character will become "uhorngrave", which is GID 1059 in the Times font.

    4. Export to IDML. Open the IDML and it will display as an invalid character.

    The bug is because an IDML does not contain the Glyph ID and…

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