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InDesign ignores PluginConfig.txt

Community Beginner ,
Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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Hi all!

 

I'm having a weird issue with an installation of InDesign 2024 on MacOS. I use a plug-in that I normally load through a PluginConfig.txt placed in the Preferences folder. This always works fine. Multiple machines over many years. I even wrote a small app to switch between conflicting plug-ins that uses this method.

 

Except for this installation. The plugin works when I place it in the Plug-Ins folder, but not when I place it somewhere else and direct InDesign to it with a PluginConfig.txt.

 

Often when InDesign is being weird I can find other people talking about it on here or Reddit, but not in this case.

 

Has anybody perhaps encountered this issue before? Does someone know what the solution could be?

 

Many thanks in advance!

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Community Expert , Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024
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The contents are like this:

=Path
Macintosh HD:Users:%USERNAME%:PLUGINTOBELOADED.InDesignPlugin

 

This just seems to be broken in 19.4.


By @franks70928827

 

Try to change it to POSIX path:

 

/Users/<username>/PLUGINTOBELOADED.InDesignPlugin

 

InDesign 19.4 stopped using HFS paths (although I don't know if it affects the PluginConfig.txt file config).
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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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I am seeing similar behavior after the update to 19.4.

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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Ah! Interesting!

 

Yeah, I can confirm that another machine also stopped working after updating to 19.4.

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Just the path to the plug-in that InDesign needs to load. Like normal. : )

 

But it looks like 19.4 is the culprit.

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Just the path to the plug-in that InDesign needs to load. Like normal. : )

 

But it looks like 19.4 is the culprit.


By @franks70928827

 

Maybe this will help:

 

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign-discussions/data-merge-issues-when-upgrading-to-indesign-19-...

 

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Thanks, but no. PluginConfig. txt is a file that InDesign checks to see what plugins need to be loaded on startup. It can be placed in either the app folder or the preferences folder.

 

The contents are like this:

=Path
Macintosh HD:Users:%USERNAME%:PLUGINTOBELOADED.InDesignPlugin

 

This just seems to be broken in 19.4.

 

 

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Apr 25, 2024 Apr 25, 2024

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If you change the name of the file found in the following location: Applications / Adobe InDesign 2024 / Resources / Cookies / ENABLE_POSIX_PATH does it work?

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May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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Apologies for the late reply. Yeah, this does work!

 

InDesign loads the plug-in now. However, for some reason InDesign immediately freezes after start-up now, so I had to very quickly contact the supplier of the plug-in to have them figure out why it seems to cause this freeze.

 

So yeah, not going great with this update! ; )

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It is a path to where InDesign should load some third party plugins.

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The contents are like this:

=Path
Macintosh HD:Users:%USERNAME%:PLUGINTOBELOADED.InDesignPlugin

 

This just seems to be broken in 19.4.


By @franks70928827

 

Try to change it to POSIX path:

 

/Users/<username>/PLUGINTOBELOADED.InDesignPlugin

 

InDesign 19.4 stopped using HFS paths (although I don't know if it affects the PluginConfig.txt file config).
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Yeah, this fixed it! Thanks.

 

Now something else seems to be broken too since this update, because the plug-in seems to cause InDesign to freeze after start-up. But yeah, it does load the plug-in.

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