Release: DocsFlow 2.15 for InDesign CS5–CC2018

July 12, 2018 by

This release prevents unnecessary Missing Plug-ins messages, overhauls progress bars, reduces document load times, and improves stability when updating stories.


  • Prevents InDesign from showing a Missing Plug-ins alert after a document in which all DocsFlow-placed links have been removed or unlinked is saved and then opened where the DocsFlow plug-in isn’t installed.
  • Adds an Unlink All Google Docs Documents menu entry to the DocsFlow sub-menus in the File and Links panel menus. Selecting this action unlinks all stories in the document that are managed by DocsFlow and disassociates the document from DocsFlow (which you might want to do if the document will be sent to other users, like clients or the printer, who may not have DocsFlow installed, in order to avoid the nasty Missing Plug-ins warning when it’s opened).
  • Improves error reporting for drag’n’drop and direct import (via File > Place) of documents from a Google Drive volume. Previously, pretty much any drag’n’drop error was being reported as a “file is in use” error.
  • Improves progress bars and enables Cancel for most operations.
  • Reduces the time it takes for a document with many DocsFlow links to open by deferring status updates of its DocsFlow links until the document is completely finished opening and the updates can be safely handled in the background. Also logs helpful information, viewable in Console’s system.log (macOS) or Debug Viewer (Windows), for any link status update that fails or takes more than about a second to complete.
  • Fixes a problem where the product’s backflow module wasn’t being found on some non-US systems. (macOS only)
  • Skips the tracking of deleted images, which can cause InDesign to crash in some situations.
  • Fixes a problem introduced in the 2.14.4 release where tracked changes present in a story could prevent the DocsFlow link from being copied with its frame.
  • Skips over stray Line Separator characters when importing, since these are ignored by Google Docs and become forced line breaks in InDesign.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause InDesign to hang when updating a spreadsheet link.
  • Fixes some problems that could, in rare situations, cause updates to fail with an “unhandled exception (AttributeError)” message.

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