Adobe InDesign: SDK/Scripting Bugs and Features

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
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    FIXED  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    Hello All,
    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 15.0

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 15.0
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

    -InDesign Team

  4. 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.

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  5. 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.…

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  6. 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();

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    FIXED  ·  Abhinav Kaushik responded

    Hello All,

    Thank you for reporting the issue to us.
    We have fixed the issue in the latest version of InDesign, Id 14.0.3

    Please upgrade your InDesign application to the latest version to try out the fix.

    If you are unable to see the update yet, go to Creative Cloud desktop application, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right corner and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    You may also follow the below given link for the list of all fixed issues in Id 14.0.3
    https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html

  7. 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…

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  8. 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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  9. IDML resources

    On https://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/documentation.html site links are not working at the IDML section. Please fix it!

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    Need More Info  ·  amaarora responded

    The links are working fine for me.
    Can you recheck once at your end?

    Thanks

  10. How to turnoff Type contextual controls in Indesign CC 2018?

    app.typeContextualUiPrefs.showFractionsUi = false;
    don`t work

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  11. A reference to panel item 25 breaks a script

    There's a rogue panel that breaks InDesign CC2019 when it is referenced (CC2018 is not affected).

    Open InDesign CC2019, then run this one-line script:

    app.panels[25].name

    Result: Error: 'Invalid object for this request'.

    Now do this:

    app.panels[25].isValid

    which returns true.

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  12. 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.

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  13. 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

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  14. 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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  15. 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.

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  16. 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).

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  17. EvaluateXPath is not working with Namespace, Internet surfing is also not working on this task. For past 5years we searching for this.

    EvaluateXPath is not working with Namespace, Internet surfing is also not working on this task. For past 5years we searching for this solution. kindly check and provide solution hope you are revisiting your old path.

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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.

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  19. 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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  20. 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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