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here’s another little issue. Type a word (for instance, “Left”) in an Indesign text frame, then use Shift + Tab to right-align another phrase (for instance, “Right”), like so:



Then you’ll get the IDML (XML) context:


But the shift tab isn’t recognised at all in Publisher:


Please have a look! :)


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We have made fixes/improvements to this area (IDML Shift+Tab not imported correctly) of the program in the latest customer beta. If you would like to try these changes the beta software is available in the forum posts listed below.

The latest beta builds are downloadable from links at the top of each of these beta forum posts.

These betas install parallel, next to the release version (they do not overwrite your release) and so the fixes can be tried in the beta without affecting your normal workflow in the release version.

Once these programs have been through a full beta process the change will be released in a future free 1.8.0 update/patch to all customers.

Comment from the Developer


Fixed to include the Right Indent Tab character and also added all other special characters in InDesign's insert menu. This includes:

  • Indent-To-Here
  • End-Nested-Style ignored since not supported
  • Flush-Space converted to normal space since not supported
  • Page-Number
  • Section-Marker

Bonus is that pages can now include page numbers.


Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

Latest releases on each platform 


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I can confirm for me it is now working with the latest beta.



  • Production-System: iMac (21,5-inch, Late 2013), 16GB RAM, 2TB nvme-SSD, running on 10.14.6 Mojave;
  • Display Setup: 27" Thunderbolt Display primary + 21,5" iMac-Display secondary for palettes;
  • Keyboard-Layout: German apple extended keyboard (aluminium);


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