Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. Separate the indesign scripting forum from the indesign community support forum

    With the relaunch of Adobe's community support forums, the indesign scripting forum was merged with the general indesign forum. Please separate the two so users can find the most relevant content.

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    Hi,
    1. The majority of InDesign Scripting threads were merged and archived at first.
    2. After a month or so, InDesign Scripting re-appeared as its own topic in the new forums.
    3. David K. started un-archiving older threads last week, a few at a time, very slowly and by hand, because of odd server-side limitations.
    4. There is no “Direct Link” to the Scripting Topic at this time, but this ought to be fixed with the current sprint from the forums team. The internal bug number is: ALFD-1530

    While we wait for ALFD-1530, there is a backdoor way to find direct links to topics. You can follow a topic then look at your follows… or just use these links:

    • InDesign Scripting: https://community.adobe.com/t5/forums/filteredbylabelpage/board-id/indesign/label-name/scripting
    • InDesign SDK: https://community.adobe.com/t5/forums/filteredbylabelpage/board-id/indesign/label-name/sdk
    • InDesign Server Developers: https://community.adobe.com/t5/forums/filteredbylabelpage/board-id/indesign/label-name/server%20developers

    Thanks

  2. Table footnotes not indexed correctly

    Table footnotes are not indexed correctly in two ways: to the script engine they appear in the wrong order and table footnotes have no .index property.

    The attached document has one text frame with three footnotes in the main text and one table with one footnote. The table footnote is footnote 3. To reproduce the problem, do this:


    1. Open the document.

    2. Run this script against the document (in the ESTK):

    fnotes = app.documents[0].stories[0].footnotes
    for (i = 0; i < fnotes.length; i++) {

    $.writeln (fnotes[i].contents)
    

    }


    1. Expected output:

    . Note 1.
    . Note 2.
    . Note table.
    . Note 4.


    1. Actual output:

    . Note 1.
    . Note…

    16 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 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. GREP Find and replace Script not working CC2019

    We are getting below error while running the GREP script in InDesign CC2019, but same is working fine in CS6 version. Please check and fix this bug quickly to migrate CC2019 version.

    Error: User canceled this action

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  4. PreflightScope not working

    PreflightOptions.preflightScope in InDesign has not worked since at least CS 5.5. No matter what value is used, preflight checks the whole document. Here is a sample script (error for color image <250 ppi) that the issue can be tested:

    var currDoc = app.documents[0];
    
    if (app.preflightProfiles.itemByName(&quot;export&quot;).isValid){
    app.preflightProfiles.itemByName(&quot;export&quot;).remove();
    }
    var pfProfile = app.preflightProfiles.add({name: &quot;export&quot;});
    var pfResRule = pfProfile.preflightProfileRules.add(&quot;ADBE_ImageResolution&quot;, {flag: PreflightRuleFlag.returnAsError});
    pfResRule.ruleDataObjects.add(&quot;color_min_res&quot;, RuleDataType.realDataType, 250);
    currDoc.preflightOptions.preflightScope = &#39;1-2&#39;;
    var pfProcess = app.preflightProcesses.add(currDoc, pfProfile);
    pfProcess.waitForProcess();
    pfResults = pfProcess.aggregatedResults[2];
    $.writeln(pfResults);

    ––> with a 3-page document with problems on pages 2 and 3, InDesign reports both problems despite the scope been set to ‘1-2’ (same with ‘1’…

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  5. Bug with index entry

    If you select a word after a table (»sit« in InDesign document: https://adobe.ly/2X0wXOi) and create an index entry using script, the page reference will be created after the word (under certain circumstances).

    var doc = app.activeDocument;
    var
    docIndex;

    if(_doc.indexes.length === 0) {

    _docIndex = _doc.indexes.add();
    

    } else {

    _docIndex = _doc.indexes.firstItem();
    

    }

    var textObj = app.selection[0];
    var
    parentTopic = docIndex.topics.add("Topicname");
    var
    pageRef = parentTopic.pageReferences.add(textObj);

    – word before that, everything's correct.
    – tables with 3 or more rows
    – the more table rows the more offset

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  6. TextFrame ExportFile to Snippet fails if source selection is inner text (ex: an insertionPoint)

    Select an insertionPoint, call parent textFrame through
    app.selection[0].parentStory.textContainers[0]
    Then
    call exportFile (snippet) on that object and export fails.
    It seems the scripting engine has kept the initial insertionPoint as reference when exportFile is called leading to an execution error (this export format cannot be applied to this object).
    It should work.
    Bug encountered with several versions/os.

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  7. Add MeasurementEditboxes to ScriptUI

    I'd love to see MeasurementEditboxes to ScriptUI. We had them previously, and I don't know why they were never added to ScriptUI.

    You can read more background here https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1007448

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  8. XSLX Import partially fails on Windows

    The problem is while manual import of XSLX files is no worries, it partially fails when the placement is called from script on Windows.
    The main issue is that sheetName property seems to be ignored leading to the first sheet always being placed no matter which sheetName has been set.
    The expected behaviour is that the sheetName set in app.excelImportPreferences.sheetname is correctly placed.
    No problem with old xls format or with xlsx on mac.

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  9. Scripting | graphicLayerOptions : Changing visibility of graphicLayer will change ID number of placed graphic

    Problem Description:
    If you change the visibility of a graphicLayer of a placed graphic, could be a PDF, a PSD, an InDesign page or a AI file, the ID number of the placed graphic will change. The result of this is, that "everyItem().doSomething" with object graphicLayer will not work at all.

    Steps to Reproduce:
    1. Place a graphic with some graphic layers.
    2. Access the graphic layers of the graphic by scripting and try to change eg. currentVisibility for all graphic layers in one go.
    Frame holding the graphic is selected. The script snippet below should do this easily. However,…

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

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix. The latest version of InDesign is 15.0

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

  11. INumberConverter being ignore when exporting PDF

    I am using CC 2017, but it has been an issue for multiple versions.

    I have a custom plugin that implements INumberConverter on kPageNumberingStylesService Boss for a custom numbering format. This works beautifully until I try to export to PDF. If I print to PDF Distiller it works fine, but when I export to PDF it exports with default numbering style.

    This is similar to an old stubborn bug, when exporting book to PDF would not do the numbering correctly. I don't know that it is related, but they both seem to say that the numbering on export is decoupled…

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  12. Collapse Treeview not working

    On Indesign CC (Win or Mac) :
    Treeview with multi levels can be expand with recursive function;
    But collapse operation seems to be not working with similar function;

    On Indesign CS6 (Win or Mac) :
    Treeview with multi levels can be expand.
    Collapse operation runs halfway. But items (not node) on first level are indented too much.

    Run Script treeviewexpandcollapse.jsx to test it

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  13. [15.0.0.155] New property Alternate Text for Hyperlinks is not supported by Scripting, IDMS and IDML

    Hi,
    I see no new property for a new feature with InDesign 2020 version 15.0.0.155:
    Alternate Text for Hyperlinks.

    The feature is also missing with IDMS and IDML.

    Regards,
    Uwe Laubender
    ( ACP )

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  14. Allow keyboard shortcuts to be assigned by script

    Add the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts do built-in InDesign menu actions or panel menus by javascript.

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  15. InDesign crashes when converting a table

    In the attached document, when I (try to) convert the tabbed text to a table, InDesign crashes.

    Steps to reproduce:


    1. Open the document from the attached zip file.

    2. Select the text frame.

    3. Run the following one-line script:

    app.selection[0].parentStory.texts[0].convertToTable ('\t', '\r');

    Expected result: a table.
    Actual result: InDesign crashes.

    Note: the crash does not happen when the tabbed text is converted manually:


    1. Select all the text

    2. Table > Convert Text to Table

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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 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

  16. Please expose a PDF's page count to scripting

    I posted this one in the general feature requests section, should have done that here in scripting. Here's the link:

    https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/32582917-please-expose-a-pdf-s-page-count-to-scripting

    It got quite a few votes over there. . .

    P.

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  17. Epub toc links are not created when a document's toc is created by a script

    To create a (navigable) Epub TOC you check the 'Make text anchor in source paragraph' checkbox. The links are created correctly when the TOC is created manually, but when the TOC is created by a script, the links are not created.

    To confirm, please open the attached document and run this very simple script:

    app.documents[0].createTOC (app.documents[0].tocStyles.item('Epub'), true);

    The used TOC style ('Epub') has the 'Make text anchor in source paragraph' box checked.

    Then export the document to reflowable Epub. In the Export dialog's General tab, select 'Multilevel (TOC Style)' at 'Navigation TOC' and at 'TOC Style, select the Epub style.…

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  18. Indesign crash with findGrep()

    findGrep() causes a crash with the following terms:
    "w?"
    “\w?”
    “h?”
    “w?i?”
    ...

    e.g.:
    app.findGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing;
    app.changeGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing;
    app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = "w?";
    var _result = app.activeDocument.findGrep();

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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

  19. Setting stroke weight to 0 by script results in 1 pt

    Given a frame (graphic or text) with stroke color set to 'None' and stroke weight set to 0, the jsx command "app.selection[0].strokeWeight = 0" sets the weight to 1pt and stroke color to the default swatch.

    Steps to reproduce:


    1. Create a new Document.

    2. Create a new Text (or Graphic) Frame.

    3. Set the stroke weight to 0 and color to 'None' if necessary

    4. Select the frame with the Selection tool.

    5. Start a script with a following one line:
      app.selection[0].strokeWeight=0

    Expected result: no change
    Actual result: stroke weight set to 1pt and color to the default swatch.

    Note:
    Setting stroke weight to…

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  20. Bug in IXMLOutStream.h header file

    InDesign2020SDK/source/public/interfaces/xmedia/IXMLOutStream.h:499

    void WriteName(const UTF16TextChar* name, bool16 newLine = kFalse)
    
    { this-&gt;WriteName(name, newLine); }

    This function calls itself. It leads to a stack overflow on Windows but the code analyzer in Xcode catches it and reports an error during compilation. It can be changed to:

    void WriteName(const UTF16TextChar* name, bool16 newLine = kFalse)
    
    { this-&gt;WriteName(WideString(name), newLine); }

    and it will work (it calls the previous function in the file instead).

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