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InDesign scripts won't apply multiple pasteboardPreferences changes

Participant ,
Dec 05, 2022 Dec 05, 2022

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I have a simple two-line script:

app.activeDocument.pasteboardPreferences.pasteboardMargins = ['200 mm',0];
app.activeDocument.pasteboardPreferences.matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor = 1;

When I run it, only the last preference change is actually applied (in this case, changing the preview background). If I switch the order of lines, only the margins get changed. Why does this happen, and what is the best practice for avoiding it?

Using Adobe InDesign 18.0 on Windows 10.

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Dec 05, 2022 Dec 05, 2022

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Hi @gdwd I'm running Indesign 18.0 on MacOS 13, and I can confirm the same behaviour.

 

In my quick testing it seems that: setting matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor to 1 sets the pasteboardMargins to [0,0]. I have lodge a bug. Please vote to have it fixed.

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People's Champ ,
Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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Same here, even with using "properties" property and passing the whole set at once or using a true Boolean value instead of 1.

 

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Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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Thanks Loic, yes I tried using properties, too. Also tried wrapping it in a doScript call. Tried in Applescript and the matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor couldn't seem to be set at all.

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Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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Hi @gdwd ,

seems that this statement alone, set to true or false, it does not matter:

app.activeDocument.pasteboardPreferences.matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor = true;

sets the pasteboardMargins to [0,0]. Tested with my German InDesign 2023 version 18.1 on Windows 10.

 

Voted for fixing the bug!

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

 

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Jan 17, 2023 Jan 17, 2023

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To work around the issue with matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor one could use the corresponding menuAction.

app.menuActions.itemByName("$ID/Match Pasteboard to Theme Color").invoke();

But it's impossible to know in which direction the change is going. This menu action could turn it on or off.

 

The second line will always return false; even if you run the script two times:

app.menuActions.itemByName("$ID/Match Pasteboard to Theme Color").invoke();
app.activeDocument.pasteboardPreferences.matchPreviewBackgroundToThemeColor;

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

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