Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

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  1. Can't retrieve XMP-metadata from Cloud-stored files

    Hello Adobe and hello Community,

    I'm having a problem with a Javascript I wrote to retrieve XMP metadata from linked files, that are stored in a Creative Cloud Library (Bought from Adobe Stock -> stored in a Library, because i was unable to download the files).

    Ultimately, the script retrieves the Creditline of all the linked graphics in an InDesign-file / InDesign-files in a folder by bulk processing.

    I have to accesse the XMP to retrieve the correct copyrightinfo.
    @Adobe: On Adobe Stock you guys put the information to give credit to the creator in the XMP field "Creditline" (creator…

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  2. InDesign Server + Catalina = heavy permission problems

    --- Update: PROBLEM SOLVED. See comment below ---

    We have run into to serious problems with running InDesign Server (IDS) on Mac OS 10.5.x Catalina: The problems are somehow related to file permissions and will only show when the IDS instances are started by launch agents (or launch deamons).

    This problem manifests itself in several ways we have encountered – using IDS CC 2020 as well as IDS 2019:


    1. Documents can only be opened from a limited number of locations – actually only one location as far as we know, the /private/tmp/ directory on the local machine. When one of…
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  4. 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

  5. publish online services

    yesterday, i was able to publish online the document in indesgin. Today it says i am not able to publish online the document as the server is not available.
    I tried diffrebt ways can you help?

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  6. BUG - Scripting: multiple paragraph styles for multiple paragraphs in one text box not working correctly

    Paragraph styles are not being applied correctly when setting more than two paragraph styles for more than one paragraph in a text box.

    For three or more paragraphs, paragraph n is set to paragraph style n, and paragraphs 1 through n-1 are set to paragraph style n-1. The expected behaviour would be that paragraph 1 is set to paragraph style 1, paragraph 2 is set to paragraph style 2, paragraph 3 is set to paragraph style 3, ..., paragraph n is set to paragraph style n.

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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(&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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  8. Catalina AppleScript seems to be broken

    Tried a few samples that came with ID -- they all stop with errors

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  9. 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.

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  10. A new TextFrame InsertionPoints.count changes from 1 to zero when linked to a previous frame and the program effectively crashes

    Replaces a previous post - this is written and tested in VB Script:

    Set myInDesign = CreateObject("InDesign.Application.2020")
    Set myDocument = myInDesign.Documents.Add
    Set myPage = myDocument.Pages.Item(1)
    Set myTextFrameA = myPage.TextFrames.Add
    myTextFrameA.geometricBounds = Array(72, 72, 144, 144)
    Rem Add a page.
    Set myNewPage = myDocument.Pages.Add
    Rem Create another text frame on the new page.
    Set myTextFrameB = myNewPage.TextFrames.Add
    myTextFrameB.geometricBounds = Array(72, 72, 144, 144)
    mycount = myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.Count
    msgbox(mycount)
    myTextFrameA.NextTextFrame = myTextFrameB
    mycount = myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.Count
    msgbox(mycount)
    myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.FirstItem.Contents = "This is Bob"
    Rem "Program Crashes"

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  12. interactive form

    Despite determining the activation sequence, the cursor with the tabulator does not jump to the correct field

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  13. False state with app.gpuPerformancePreferences.enableGpuPerformance if no GPU available

    Function GetEnableGPUPerformance() of interface IGPUPerformancePrefs of GetExecutionContextSession()->QueryWorkspace() returns true in case no GPU or a not supported GPU is installed on your macOS computer.

    To reproduce launch InDesign CC 2018 or later with modifier keys command, option, control, and shift pressed and confirm resetting the preferences.

    If you now check the setting either with some C++ code, or ExtendScript "app.gpuPerformancePreferences.enableGpuPerformance", in both cases the returned result is true , which is not the expected result.

    When you now choose Preferences > GPU Performance the properties are shown deselected and disabled, which is correct. If you now click in "OK", the…

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  14. Make the (Black) Color Swatch a TRUE BLACK

    In the Appearance Panel, the (Black) color swatch is not a TRUE BLACK color and when this color swatch is used and a file is exported to PDF, Rich black is not achieved.

    The attached document shows a few shapes that are black. The top right is a true black color and the color swatch had to be changed from the standard (BLACK) color swatch in order to be achieved when exporting to a PDF. The left and bottom color swatches have the (Black) color swatch from the appearance panel applied.

    Please, Please, Please, make the (Black) color swatch a…

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  15. 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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  16. app.activeBook

    When more than one book is open, selecting the book tab (when they're tabbed), doesn't work for app.currentBook in scripting. It's needed to click inside the book panel to have it targeted. Just the tab selected doesn't work.

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  17. 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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  18. [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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  19. Text variable instances. Please change TextVariableInstance::resultText from read only to read/write for modifying with scripts

    It would also be nice to plug a script to modify the text replacement from the text variable dialog.

    Such an opportunity is needed, for example, for alternatively replacing paragraphs that are too long with a shortened version.

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  20. Add an Application Event for "failedToOpen", similar to "beforeOpen" and "afterOpen"

    It would be useful to be able to create an Event Listener that would fire when a document failed to open. It would be great if we could cancel the default behavior using the PreventDefault.

    My use case is the following. We offer a script that adds a custom menu item to allow users to select, convert, and open files that aren't usually supported by InDesign. We want to be able to offer the same type of functionality if the user attempts to open one of our supported file types through the standard Open Dialog (File->Open).

    We would set up…

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