Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. InDesignServer - All Layers are allways unlocked

    InDesign Server 2021 and 2022 do unlock all Layers every time a document is opened.
    There is no way to know the initial state of the layers. They are always unlocked for the Scripting.
    Furthermore, this change is also saved to the document, removing the locks the user did.
    I tested this with following script:

    var file = new File("C:/Test/Test.indd");
    var doc = app.open(file);
    for (var i = 0; i < doc.layers.length; i++) {
    var layer = doc.layers[i];
    app.consoleout("Layer " + layer.name + " Locked: " + layer.locked + " Visible: " + layer.visible);
    }
    doc.close(SaveOptions.YES);

    I've already posted this…

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  8. Tool for sustainable Design

    Hello dear Adobe team,

    At the moment there is a lot of talk about environmental problems and sustainability. Responsible use is particularly important when it comes to the use of finite and regenerative resources.

    The AGD has developed a charter for sustainability for this purpose. "Designers are largely responsible for
    how our world is shaped. Design shapes, design is a role model and creates
    new awareness. Design consumes resources - sometimes more,
    sometimes less. The sustainable use of natural resources,
    with the environment and with the people who have remained in this world for generations
    should be able to live,…

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Update Indesign script to support ES6

    Update Indesign to support modern ES6.

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