Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. InDesign 16.3.2 not authorised to send Apple events to other apps

    I’m using the InDesign do script AppleScript command to instruct another application to do something.
    Since 16.3 this doesn’t work anymore, because macOS prevents the script from running. Previous versions of InDesign worked fine, after the user allowed InDesign to control the target app.

    Usecase:
    I’m the developer of a font manager and want InDesign to report which fonts are used in a document

    macOS version: 11.3.1
    InDesign version: 16.3.2

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. Reset the macOS Apple Event permissions for InDesign in Terminal:
      tccutil reset AppleEvents com.adobe.InDesign

    2. Run the following AppleScript:
      tell application id "com.adobe.InDesign"
      do script "tell application \"Finder\"

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  2. Ability to identify if a Story is TOC_STORY, which TOC_STYLE is in use

    Using InDesign Server (or scripts in InDesign Desktop) via JavaScript, it would be very helpful if there was an API/mechanism for discovering details for table of contents usage.

    Current Issue:
    It doesn't look like there is a way to see if a TOCStyle is actually used anywhere. A document can contain multiple TOCStyles, but it's possible only one is placed in the document. Likewise, it doesn't appear there is a way to resolve the TOCStyle being used for a Story that is of type StoryTypes.TOC_STORY.

    Proposed solution(s):
    - Add a Stories property to the TOCStyle object that contains references to…

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  3. 1 vote

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  4. Indesign has stopped working / turns off when turned on / while document is open / after restoration turns off again

    Hello, I am writing to you asking for help. Since yesterday, adobe indesign has stopped working properly. After creating a new document / or opening a file that I was working on, the program crashes. It gives you a file rollback and shuts down again. Once we managed to turn on the program for a moment, but it was enough to stick to paragraph styles and move the frame, the program turns off immediately. I would ask for info on this matter. Tried installing previous versions, still the same problem; I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the program and the situation…

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  5. 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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  6. Some plug-ins compiled for InDesign 2021 16.0 crash InDesign 2021 16.1 - the 16.0 and 16.1 SDK are incompatible

    When a plug-in relies on the embedded Boost framework to support regular expressions, it can cause a crash because of unresolved dependencies.

    The issue is that the 16.0 SDK uses Boost 1.65 and the 16.1 SDK uses Boost 1.72

    Plug-ins compiled against the 16.0 SDK that use regular expressions will try to access an entry point __ZN5boost16re_detail_10650018get_default_syntaxEh (unmangled: boost::re_detail_106500) when handling regular expressions.

    The problem is that this entrypoint's name is dependent on the Boost version (1.65).

    This entry point is provided by the (on Mac) embedded framework

    /Applications/Adobe InDesign 2021.app/Contents/Frameworks/boost_regex.framework/Versions/A/boost_regex

    When a plug-in compiled against SDK 16.0 is…

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  7. Bug when creating a form check box

    Creating a check box anchored in a text frame systematically ends with a crash in ID v16.2.1.

    javascript:
    app.select( app.selection[0].paragraphs[0].insertionPoints[-2] );
    app.selection[0].checkBoxes.add();

    applescript:
    set thePoint to insertion point -2 of paragraph 1 of selection
    tell thePoint to make check box

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  8. 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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  9. 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. 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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  13. Update Indesign script to support ES6

    Update Indesign to support modern ES6.

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  15. 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

  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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("export").isValid){
            app.preflightProfiles.itemByName("export").remove();
    }
    var pfProfile = app.preflightProfiles.add({name: "export"});
    var pfResRule = pfProfile.preflightProfileRules.add("ADBE_ImageResolution", {flag: PreflightRuleFlag.returnAsError});
    pfResRule.ruleDataObjects.add("color_min_res", RuleDataType.realDataType, 250);
    currDoc.preflightOptions.preflightScope = '1-2';
    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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  19. Catalina AppleScript seems to be broken

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

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  20. 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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