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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  2. 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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  3. 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

    7 votes
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  4. [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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  5. 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

    2 votes
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  6. 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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  7. [CS6 to 2020 15.0.1.209] documentPreferences.snippetImportUsesOriginalLocation | values true and false do the opposite what they should do

    Hi,
    if I set value for snippetImportUsesOriginalLocation of documentPreferences to true, InDesign will place a snippet file with spread.place( snippetFile ) always at the current zero point [0,0].

    Wheras I set the value to false the snippet will be placed at its original position.

    It should be exactly the other way.

    Currently value false will use the original position and value true will chose the current zero point as defined with app.documents[0].zeroPoint .

    Tested with German InDesign versions:
    CS6 8.1.0
    CC 2014 10.2.
    2020 v. 15.0.1.209
    All on WIndows 10.

    In the discussion linked to below Gerald Singelmann can see…

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. textStyleRange.convertToNote() becomes very confused.

    I'll attach a self-contained script which first creates in order to demonstrate problems with textStyleRange.convertToNote(). The script creates a small document containing "b"s. These are marked with a smaller pointSize so that they form individual textStyleRanges. The script then converts these textStyleRanges into notes. Unfortunately, the script terminates with a message: "Object is invalid; tsr.convertToNote()". This message happens because the scripting engine has become confused and is trying to convert a "b" within a note into another note. This shouldn't happen and is the first problem.

    Open the story window. The beginning of the story has a clear pattern of…

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  11. 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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  12. nextItem() doesn't work

    Instructions:


    1. Load Script4.txt into ExtendScript CC

    2. Open ID CC 2019

    3. Connect ExtendScript CC to ID CC 2019

    4. Run the script

    5. Observe that line 8 gives an "Object is invalid" error. That's because the nextItem() on line 6 didn't work.

    To see this more clearly:


    1. Load Script4.txt into ExtendScript CC

    2. Open ID CC 2019

    3. Connect ExtendScript CC to ID CC 2019

    4. Comment line 6 and uncomment line 7.

    5. Run the script

    6. The script runs fine. It prints out "2", the name of the second page.

    In other words, nextItem() is broken. The work around (in this case) is to use an…

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  13. Script failing ... strangely

    Instructions:


    1. Load Script.txt into ExtendScript CC

    2. Open ID CC 2019

    3. Connect ExtendScript CC to ID CC 2019

    4. Run the script

    5. Observe that the script gives an error on line 6 (Invalid object for this request.) This is because TextFrame281 and TextFrame284 are the same object. They should be different objects.

    To see this more clearly:


    1. Load script.txt into ExtendScript CC

    2. Open ID CC 2019

    3. Connect ExtendScript CC to ID CC 2019

    4. Uncomment line 4 (var temp = TextFrame_281.id)

    5. Run the script

    6. The script runs fine. If you look in the document that has been created, the two text…
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  15. Allow for control of undo tracking Re: Undo Set Scripting Tag

    Currently the only way to manipulate the undo queue is to run a script with doScript and even then it's very limiting. With my current event listeners, the user clicks around a few times and the undo queue fills up with 'Undo Set Scripting Tag' and they are unable to undo simple changes without holding down CTRL+Z for a few seconds. I am unable to use doScript because I need to return values to my interface. I would like to suggest an option to temporarily suspend undo tracking during certain script actions. Some of my actions do not change the…

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  16. 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.

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

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

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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.

  19. 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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  20. 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…

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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

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