Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. 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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  2. 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,…

    5 votes
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  3. Preferences folder access via ExtendScript with macOS Catalina public beta 3

    I've installed macOS X Catalina public beta 3 and I have an annoying issue with scripting.
    I can't access to the user's preferences folder via Javascript even if I've assigned to InDesign full file system access in the security panel of the system preferences.
    I can't read any files inside the user's Library so that I can't load a GREP query for example.

    Hope you find a fix on this.

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  4. ExtendScript feature: asynchronous PDF export for indb books

    I'd like to see an asynchronous export option for indb books as it exists for indd documents because why not.
    Currently I work with 10 indb projects and I'd like to export them by 4 using all the power of my 4-core cpu, but I can only export them one by one due to lack of asynchronous export option.
    At the same time I'm able to export 4 indd files using existing asynchronousExportFile() method.

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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. How to turnoff Type contextual controls in Indesign CC 2018?

    app.typeContextualUiPrefs.showFractionsUi = false;
    don`t work

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  7. A reference to panel item 25 breaks a script

    There's a rogue panel that breaks InDesign CC2019 when it is referenced (CC2018 is not affected).

    Open InDesign CC2019, then run this one-line script:

    app.panels[25].name

    Result: Error: 'Invalid object for this request'.

    Now do this:

    app.panels[25].isValid

    which returns true.

    3 votes
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  8. Arrow with start/end in scale

    If I have an line with a start/end and it's in different scale, when use transformation method, the start/end doesn't scale, even with "Adjust Stroke Weight when Scaling" and "Adjust Effects when Scaling" are turned on. See screenshots of before and after procedure.

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  9. Inner glow size limited to 144pt

    Setting innerGlow size to larger than 144 pt via script causes an error for invalid value outside an expected range of 0-144. However, the UI allows size up to be over 13 inches. I have not tested all the other effects, but I believe this is the case for inner shadow and feather as well.

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  10. 5 votes
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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. 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

  12. CC2019: Can't update or relink a link when a document is opened by a script.

    A fault introduced in CC2019: can't update or relink a link when a document is opened by a script.

    Steps to reproduce:


    1. To verify that with an existing open document the problem does not occur:
      a. Start a new InDesign document
      b. Place a graphic on the first page
      c. Run this script:

    app.documents[0].links[0].update();

    No error occurs.


    1. To reproduce the error:
      a. Save the document created in step 1 and close it.
      b. Run this script:

    s = '/d/test/links.indd'; // Use your string
    app.open (File(s));
    app.documents[0].links[0].update();

    Expected result: The links should be updated.
    Actual result: "Error: This file is already…

    3 votes
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    Hi,
    Please can you provide some more information related to the issue?
    1. OS
    2. Document and imported file location (local or network)
    3. File system type
    4. Can you share a sample document along with the imported file.
    5. Is the issue reproducible in ID 2020?
    6. A small video will help as well

    Thanks
    amaarora@adobe.com

  13. pdfComment -- no way to find relevant text in the document

    There has to be a way to get the relevant text in the document -- or else there's no point to making the pdfComments available

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  14. Preflight for books

    You can preflight books: myBook.preflight()
    But there is no corresponding function to preflight individual documents. Please add the preflight() function to the document object.

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  15. 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

  16. Default Composer doesn't change via SDK

    If I change the Default Composer via the Preferences Advanced Type dialog then query it in a script using app.textDefaults.composer I can see it has changed. However when I change it via a script it appears to change when I query it again but it is not changed in the prefs dialog and if I create a new document it is not the default composer. This is all with no open documents btw.

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  17. 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.

    6 votes
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  18. ScriptUI Centering Breaks when switching monitor

    If you switch monitors (i.e., unplug your laptop from a large monitor and go to present at a conference), and don't restart InDesign, scriptUI doesn't update the center position of the monitor.

    It causes scriptUI windows to appear out of place.

    3 votes
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  19. ExtendScript access to animation path object

    Inside of the animationSettings, there's no way to access or manipulate the motion path as a path object.

    It would be useful to have access to that path and be able to run path functions on it (add/remove points, simplify, etc).

    3 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.

    4 votes
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