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  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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    Partial Fix  ·  amaarora responded

    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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    FIXED  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    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. 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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  4. Sample script "PlaceMultipagePDF.vbs" does not work properly

    Related threads in the support community
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign%E3%83%95%E3%82%A9%E3%83%BC%E3%83%A9%E3%83%A0/ct-p/ct-indesign-jp?page=1&sort=latest_replies&filter=all&lang=all&tabid=discussions&profile.language=ja

    The above is a recent event, but the following thread is from 2018. We can assume that the situation is not good and has been going on for several years.
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/indesign-placemultipagepdf-script-only-adds-pdfs-to-the-end-of-the-document/m-p/14015164?profile.language=en#M538521

    I can't try it in CS already, but presumably the problem is still the same and bad in all versions since CC.

    The "PlaceMultipagePDF.vbs" set of sample scripts pre-installed in InDesign clearly behaves abnormally compared to the .jsx, .applescripts of the same name.

    Observing the behavior of .jsx and .applescript, it seems that the following processing steps are involved. 1.
    1. display…

    12 votes

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  5. HyperlinkTextDestination elements missing from anchored objects in exported icml

    When exporting icml from InDesign, anchored objects with hyperlink text destinations inside of them are missing those destinations.

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. Make a new document with text.
    2. Insert an anchored text frame with text into the story.
    3. Insert a hyperlink text destination into the anchored text frame.
    4. Create a hyperlink from outside of the text frame to inside of it.
    5. Export icml of the story.

    In the exported icml, the hyperlink destination will be missing and the link will be broken.

    12 votes

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  6. InDesign 16.3.2 not authorised to send Apple events to other apps

    I’m using the InDesign do script AppleScript command to instruct another application to do something.
    Since 16.3 this doesn’t work anymore, because macOS prevents the script from running. Previous versions of InDesign worked fine, after the user allowed InDesign to control the target app.

    Usecase:
    I’m the developer of a font manager and want InDesign to report which fonts are used in a document

    macOS version: 11.3.1
    InDesign version: 16.3.2

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. Reset the macOS Apple Event permissions for InDesign in Terminal:
      tccutil reset AppleEvents com.adobe.InDesign

    2. Run the following AppleScript:
      tell application id "com.adobe.InDesign"
      do script "tell application \"Finder\"

    9 votes

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  7. 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("export").isValid){
            app.preflightProfiles.itemByName("export").remove();
    }
    var pfProfile = app.preflightProfiles.add({name: "export"});
    var pfResRule = pfProfile.preflightProfileRules.add("ADBE_ImageResolution", {flag: PreflightRuleFlag.returnAsError});
    pfResRule.ruleDataObjects.add("color_min_res", RuleDataType.realDataType, 250);
    currDoc.preflightOptions.preflightScope = '1-2';
    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’…

    8 votes

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  8. Bug When Overriding Master Page Items: Unexpected Shift of Master Page Objects

    When overriding page items by script, those items are unexpectedly shifted and do not stay in the x/y position, they are on the master page. This differs widely from the UI-behaviour of InDesign.

    There is a very good view and analysis of this bug from Marc Autret, which can be found here:
    http://www.indiscripts.com/post/2014/06/indesign-scripting-forum-roundup-6#hd1sb2

    8 votes

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  9. 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

    8 votes

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  10. Ability to identify if a Story is TOC_STORY, which TOC_STYLE is in use

    Using InDesign Server (or scripts in InDesign Desktop) via JavaScript, it would be very helpful if there was an API/mechanism for discovering details for table of contents usage.

    Current Issue:
    It doesn't look like there is a way to see if a TOCStyle is actually used anywhere. A document can contain multiple TOCStyles, but it's possible only one is placed in the document. Likewise, it doesn't appear there is a way to resolve the TOCStyle being used for a Story that is of type StoryTypes.TOC_STORY.

    Proposed solution(s):
    - Add a Stories property to the TOCStyle object that contains references to…

    7 votes

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  11. 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…

    7 votes

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  12. 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,…

    7 votes

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  13. 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

    7 votes

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  14. 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.

    7 votes

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  15. 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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  16. [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 )

    6 votes

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  17. 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.

    6 votes

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  18. 5 votes

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    FIXED  ·  amaarora responded

    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.

  19. 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…

    5 votes

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  20. 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.

    5 votes

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