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. 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. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  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.

    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. [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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  18. 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,…

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  19. 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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  20. 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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