Release: InData 2.18 for InDesign 2020-2022

May 9, 2022 by

This release adds high resolution previews for auto-downloaded pictures and support for QR codes.


  • Adds support for inline, InDesign-native QR codes in a prototype. A QR code found in the prototype is replicated during data import. If the contents of a QR code field exactly matches the name of an InData field or global variable, then that reference is replaced with the current value of that field or global variable before the QR code is generated.

    The name of a referenced field or global variable may, but is not required to, include enclosing chevrons, like «prod_url».

    QR code images are displayed within normal picture frames that can still be referenced by their index within the prototype using a «set [the] filename of picture to » statement. Be sure to count and name QR code frames just like other inline picture frames in the prototype when mixing QR codes with picture imports.

  • Adds Create links for auto-downloaded pictures to the General panel of InData’s Preferences dialog that enables high resolution previews by saving the picture as a local file in a Downloads folder within the document’s parent folder, creating the folder if needed, and then creating a link to that file. If the document has no parent folder (if it’s a new document that hasn’t yet been saved, for example), pictures are saved to the user’s own Downloads folder (~/Downloads) instead.

  • Adds a Prevent naming collisions option to the General panel of InData’s Preferences dialog which, when enabled, attempts to prevent confusion between like-named internet resources by creating a deep folder structure for all downloaded pictures within the Downloads folder that’s based on the source URL’s host name and path components. For example, the URL

    would, if it was actually valid, be saved locally as


    For comparison, with the option disabled, the same image would be saved locally as just


  • Fixes the prototype frame badge drawing in the wrong place. (InDesign 2022 only)

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