Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. A new TextFrame InsertionPoints.count changes from 1 to zero when linked to a previous frame and the program effectively crashes

    Replaces a previous post - this is written and tested in VB Script:

    Set myInDesign = CreateObject("InDesign.Application.2020")
    Set myDocument = myInDesign.Documents.Add
    Set myPage = myDocument.Pages.Item(1)
    Set myTextFrameA = myPage.TextFrames.Add
    myTextFrameA.geometricBounds = Array(72, 72, 144, 144)
    Rem Add a page.
    Set myNewPage = myDocument.Pages.Add
    Rem Create another text frame on the new page.
    Set myTextFrameB = myNewPage.TextFrames.Add
    myTextFrameB.geometricBounds = Array(72, 72, 144, 144)
    mycount = myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.Count
    msgbox(mycount)
    myTextFrameA.NextTextFrame = myTextFrameB
    mycount = myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.Count
    msgbox(mycount)
    myTextFrameB.InsertionPoints.FirstItem.Contents = "This is Bob"
    Rem "Program Crashes"

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  3. interactive form

    Despite determining the activation sequence, the cursor with the tabulator does not jump to the correct field

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  4. 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…

    3 votes

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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. False state with app.gpuPerformancePreferences.enableGpuPerformance if no GPU available

    Function GetEnableGPUPerformance() of interface IGPUPerformancePrefs of GetExecutionContextSession()->QueryWorkspace() returns true in case no GPU or a not supported GPU is installed on your macOS computer.

    To reproduce launch InDesign CC 2018 or later with modifier keys command, option, control, and shift pressed and confirm resetting the preferences.

    If you now check the setting either with some C++ code, or ExtendScript "app.gpuPerformancePreferences.enableGpuPerformance", in both cases the returned result is true , which is not the expected result.

    When you now choose Preferences > GPU Performance the properties are shown deselected and disabled, which is correct. If you now click in "OK", the…

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  7. 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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  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…

    2 votes

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  9. [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 )

    5 votes

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  10. 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

    4 votes

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  11. 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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  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.

    8 votes

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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…

    2 votes

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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Bug in IXMLOutStream.h header file

    InDesign2020SDK/source/public/interfaces/xmedia/IXMLOutStream.h:499

    void WriteName(const UTF16TextChar* name, bool16 newLine = kFalse)
                  { this->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->WriteName(WideString(name), newLine); }
    

    and it will work (it calls the previous function in the file instead).

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  19. 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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  20. 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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