Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Update Indesign script to support ES6

    Update Indesign to support modern ES6.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Crash when adding a "checkbox" into a "cell" of a table

    I'm trying to add a Checkbox into a cell of a table with JavaScript.
    When executing the code InDesign crashes.

    With my Script I'm looking for certain text in a table, delete it from the cell and then want to add a checkbox instead. So my code is looking something like this:

    var found = app.documents[0].findGrep();
    found[0].parent.contents = "";
    var myBox = found[0].checkBoxes.add();

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  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. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. [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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. [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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