Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. Table footnotes not indexed correctly

    Table footnotes are not indexed correctly in two ways: to the script engine they appear in the wrong order and table footnotes have no .index property.

    The attached document has one text frame with three footnotes in the main text and one table with one footnote. The table footnote is footnote 3. To reproduce the problem, do this:

    1. Open the document.
    2. Run this script against the document (in the ESTK):

    fnotes = app.documents[0].stories[0].footnotes
    for (i = 0; i < fnotes.length; i++) {
    $.writeln (fnotes[i].contents)
    }

    3. Expected output:

    . Note 1.
    . Note 2.
    . Note table.
    . Note 4.

    4. Actual…

    15 votes
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  2. 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

    7 votes
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  3. TextFrame ExportFile to Snippet fails if source selection is inner text (ex: an insertionPoint)

    Select an insertionPoint, call parent textFrame through
    app.selection[0].parentStory.textContainers[0]
    Then
    call exportFile (snippet) on that object and export fails.
    It seems the scripting engine has kept the initial insertionPoint as reference when exportFile is called leading to an execution error (this export format cannot be applied to this object).
    It should work.
    Bug encountered with several versions/os.

    6 votes
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  4. XSLX Import partially fails on Windows

    The problem is while manual import of XSLX files is no worries, it partially fails when the placement is called from script on Windows.
    The main issue is that sheetName property seems to be ignored leading to the first sheet always being placed no matter which sheetName has been set.
    The expected behaviour is that the sheetName set in app.excelImportPreferences.sheetname is correctly placed.
    No problem with old xls format or with xlsx on mac.

    6 votes
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  5. 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,…

    5 votes
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  6. 5 votes
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  7. InDesign crashes when converting a table

    In the attached document, when I (try to) convert the tabbed text to a table, InDesign crashes.

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. Open the document from the attached zip file.
    2. Select the text frame.
    3. Run the following one-line script:

    app.selection[0].parentStory.texts[0].convertToTable ('\t', '\r');

    Expected result: a table.
    Actual result: InDesign crashes.

    Note: the crash does not happen when the tabbed text is converted manually:

    1. Select all the text
    2. Table > Convert Text to Table

    4 votes
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  8. Please expose a PDF's page count to scripting

    I posted this one in the general feature requests section, should have done that here in scripting. Here's the link:

    https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/32582917-please-expose-a-pdf-s-page-count-to-scripting

    It got quite a few votes over there. . .

    P.

    4 votes
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  9. Indesign crash with findGrep()

    findGrep() causes a crash with the following terms:
    "w?"
    “\\w?”
    “h?”
    “w?i?”
    ...

    e.g.:
    app.findGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing;
    app.changeGrepPreferences = NothingEnum.nothing;
    app.findGrepPreferences.findWhat = "w?";
    var _result = app.activeDocument.findGrep();

    4 votes
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  10. 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

    3 votes
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  11. Inner glow size limited to 144pt

    Setting innerGlow size to larger than 144 pt via script causes an error for invalid value outside an expected range of 0-144. However, the UI allows size up to be over 13 inches. I have not tested all the other effects, but I believe this is the case for inner shadow and feather as well.

    3 votes
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  12. CC2019: Can't update or relink a link when a document is opened by a script.

    A fault introduced in CC2019: can't update or relink a link when a document is opened by a script.

    Steps to reproduce:

    1. To verify that with an existing open document the problem does not occur:
    a. Start a new InDesign document
    b. Place a graphic on the first page
    c. Run this script:

    app.documents[0].links[0].update();

    No error occurs.

    2. To reproduce the error:
    a. Save the document created in step 1 and close it.
    b. Run this script:

    s = '/d/test/links.indd'; // Use your string
    app.open (File(s));
    app.documents[0].links[0].update();

    Expected result: The links should be updated.
    Actual result: "Error: This file…

    3 votes
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  13. INumberConverter being ignore when exporting PDF

    I am using CC 2017, but it has been an issue for multiple versions.

    I have a custom plugin that implements INumberConverter on kPageNumberingStylesService Boss for a custom numbering format. This works beautifully until I try to export to PDF. If I print to PDF Distiller it works fine, but when I export to PDF it exports with default numbering style.

    This is similar to an old stubborn bug, when exporting book to PDF would not do the numbering correctly. I don't know that it is related, but they both seem to say that the numbering on export is decoupled…

    3 votes
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  14. ScriptUI Centering Breaks when switching monitor

    If you switch monitors (i.e., unplug your laptop from a large monitor and go to present at a conference), and don't restart InDesign, scriptUI doesn't update the center position of the monitor.

    It causes scriptUI windows to appear out of place.

    3 votes
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  15. ExtendScript access to animation path object

    Inside of the animationSettings, there's no way to access or manipulate the motion path as a path object.

    It would be useful to have access to that path and be able to run path functions on it (add/remove points, simplify, etc).

    3 votes
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  16. Epub toc links are not created when a document's toc is created by a script

    To create a (navigable) Epub TOC you check the 'Make text anchor in source paragraph' checkbox. The links are created correctly when the TOC is created manually, but when the TOC is created by a script, the links are not created.

    To confirm, please open the attached document and run this very simple script:

    app.documents[0].createTOC (app.documents[0].tocStyles.item('Epub'), true);

    The used TOC style ('Epub') has the 'Make text anchor in source paragraph' box checked.

    Then export the document to reflowable Epub. In the Export dialog's General tab, select 'Multilevel (TOC Style)' at 'Navigation TOC' and at 'TOC Style, select the Epub style.…

    3 votes
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  17. Add MeasurementEditboxes to ScriptUI

    I'd love to see MeasurementEditboxes to ScriptUI. We had them previously, and I don't know why they were never added to ScriptUI.

    You can read more background here https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1007448

    3 votes
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  18. Hanging & Overset Issue

    Hanging & Overset is the Main Issue, still we cannot find the root cause why this is appearing in all the time. Please check the feasibility to avoid the Overset issues occurred for Long Text without having space or Long Tables and Mostly Hanging issues occurred in Keep Options On or Off. Please check the feasibility and do the needful.

    3 votes
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  19. pdfComment -- no way to find relevant text in the document

    There has to be a way to get the relevant text in the document -- or else there's no point to making the pdfComments available

    2 votes
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  20. Preflight for books

    You can preflight books: myBook.preflight()
    But there is no corresponding function to preflight individual documents. Please add the preflight() function to the document object.

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