Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. Add `parentPage` and `parentTextFrame` of Table Cell and Row

    Please add parentPage and parentTextFrame to cell and row. Up to now it is not possible to determine, on which page or in which text frame a specific table cell/row is located.

    There is a hack with adding an anchored text frame, releasing it an reading its properties. But this is very hacky an time consuming ...
    Or I have to use insertion points inside the cells/rows to get to the parentPage.
    But this is all very clumsy.
    ( See here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/extendscript-indesign-2022-return-parentpage-s-of-last-cells-of-all-tables/m-p/12942541#M477149 )

    Thanks,
    Tobias

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  2. hyphenationExceptions in Dictionary

    Hi,

    app.documents[0].hyphenationExceptions.itemByName("English: UK").name.

    It returns,

    English: USA.

    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/hyphenationexceptions-in-dictionary/m-p/13001402#M480763

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  3. Expose footnote and endnote numbers to the DOM

    Currently, footnote and endnote numbers are not exposed in de DOM, and can't be used in a script. Please expose them, so we could do stuff like this ...

                var endnoteText = myNote.texts[0].contents;
                var endnoteNumber = myNote.number;
    
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  4. Add possibilty to hook into Context Menu and reciece the selected Context Menu Item

    I'm looking for a way to add custom scripts to the context menus (right click with the mouse) of the paragraph style and the character style palette.

    So the user finds the style he's looking for, right clicks on it, chooses my script, the script gets the reference to the selected style item, and runs with it.

    I asked this in the forum (in 2015), and it’s still not possible but hardly missed:
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/id8-js-context-menu-item-for-paragraph-and-character-style-palette/td-p/7416881

    Thanks, Tobias

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  5. Upgrade XSLT enginge

    Please consider upgrading the underlying XSLT 1.0 engine to at least XSLT 2.0 (if not XSLT 3.0)! It’s a pain to be forced to transform before going into InDesign or to write clumsy (for nowadays) XSLT 1.0 code.

    Thanks, Tobias

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  6. Add all new JavaScript functions of ECMAscript 6

    Please consider an upgrade of the underlaying JS engine to a newer standard. There are many, many functionality we are missing, e.g. array.indexOf(), array.foreach(), default parameter handling in functions ... the list feels endless.
    Thanks, Tobias

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  8. Handle SpecialCharacters with unicode equivalents as normal text

    SpecialCharacters are certainly necessary in places where there is no unicode equivalent (such as AUTOPAGENUMBER) but for many characters with unicode equivalents (BULLETCHARACTER, COPYRIGHTSYMBOL), it complicates string manipulation with no benefit (that I can see).

    Example:
    mySelectionContents = app.selection[0].contents;
    alert("The current selection is when added to a string is " + mySelectionContents);
    alert("The current selection is when coerced to a string is " + String(mySelectionContents));

    If you select a single bullet character, and force the specialCharacter to a string by adding it to the alert string you get "1396862068" or "BULLET_CHARACTER" if you explicitly convert to…

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  9. 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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  10. InDesign Scripting bug? Master Pageitems of specific Layer as Collection

    I want to see all 'master' page items of all master spreads on a specific layer using code like this:

    app.activeDocument.layers.itemByName('existLayerName').pageItems.everyItem().getElements();

    Even such a layer contains 'master' page items, this code always returns an empty array!

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  11. Events: 'afterSelectionAttributeChanged' (LayoutWindow)

    The event 'afterSelectionAttributeChanged' (LayoutWindow) has the "Event" class, but logically its class should be "MutationEvent", since it is not clear which attribute of the object has been changed...

    The mutation event in most classes that have an addEventListener method does not work.

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  12. Update Indesign script to support ES6

    Update Indesign to support modern ES6.

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  14. 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

  15. 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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  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 )

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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