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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. [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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  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

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  10. The scale X percentage option shold have short key so that I don´t have to write 100% manually in the meny while working in prepress.

    The scale X percentage option shold have short key so that I don´t have to write 100% manually in the meny while working in prepress. When I update links in my prepress documents the scale down to 91% and that´s really frustrating that I can´t just mark them and use a short key to resize them to 100%. Especially if you have updated for example 50 links.

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  11. Scripted iterative document open/close fails to close files

    Note: my sample code is jsx, but the problem may not be limited to jsx. Change the filetype of my provided files from txt to jsx prior to using!

    We have multiple products that sometimes show a problem with document.close() not actually closing the file, leading to incorrect functioning, memory bloat, slowdowns, and we believe some crashes. I provide a test script that takes a currently open document and iteratively copies it, opens the copy, then closes the copy -- after the loop is finished, the copy files are removed.

    Important: If run from the ESTK or Scripts Panel, the…

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  12. 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

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  13. 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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  14. La nueva versión indesign 2020 ya no tiene la opción de Flip page para flash.

    La nueva versión indesign 2020 ya no tiene la opción de Flip page para flash.

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  15. 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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  16. Scripted iterative document open/close fails to close files

    Note: my sample code is jsx, but the problem may not be limited to jsx.

    We have multiple products that sometimes show a problem with document.close() not actually closing the file, leading to incorrect functioning, memory bloat, slowdowns, and we believe some crashes. I provide a test script that takes a currently open document and iteratively copies it, opens the copy, then closes the copy -- after the loop is finished, the copy files are removed.

    Important: If run from the ESTK or Scripts Panel, the script works as expected -- no problems. If run from a custom menu (setup…

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  17. Enable XML export in Word file format so tagging and attributes are preserved.

    InDesign cannot currently export an XML structured file in Word file format, either because Word does not recognize the tags and attributes or because those elements are not within the document content. Please make an export possible so that XML structured content can be exported in Word file format and then reimported into InDesign.

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  18. 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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  19. inDesign crash with documents.loadMasters()

    i have try to load master page by script (i post a small script test) but indesign crash... if i want copy masterspread from doc1 to doc 2 i must use "duplicate"...

    target indesign

    // create two document
    var doc1 = app.documents.add()
    var doc2 = app.documents.add()

    // add new master spread and set it
    var master = doc1.masterSpreads.add()
    master.namePrefix = "XX"

    // save document on disk and get file
    doc1.save()
    var doc1File = doc1.filePath

    // close
    doc1.close()

    // load master spreads of doc1 on doc 2
    doc2.loadMasters(doc1File)

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  20. Make ImageCatalog Script an integral contact sheet function in InDesign

    Good morning. There is a sample script in InDesign that I LOVE! It makes contact sheets much quicker (and using far less memory) than Photoshop or Bridge. If you have a hundred images and want to make a contact page, this script is the way to go. Much more efficient. The Script is the ImageCatalog under JavaScript samples in the Scripts window. This has always been available, and always worked very well until the last couple of updates. Now when I run it, it just sits there. If I try saving the images again (save a copy) or saving them…

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