Adobe InDesign Wishlist

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  1. paragraph style to trigger a section beginning

    I want a new section to begin on every chapter, to restart footnote numbering. But everytime the pagination is changed and a page is added/removed, I need to go through all pages, remove old section markers, and define new ones. If i had the ability to make a paragraph style always start a new section it'd be great. Alternatively, if I could add a manual "section start" character, that would have been great too.

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    • Fix bug using WorldReady Composer

      Since InDesign CS6 the usage of WorldReady Composer causes randomly unexpected and unwished spacing between character pairs.
      It seems to depend on the violation of maximum space in justified paragraphs.
      This bug forces me to typeset bilanguaged texts (english and hebrew) with InDesign CS4 (for CS5 and 5.5 do have other bugs that prevent me using these versions).

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      • 1 vote
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        • could go to the index marker being worked on from the marker dialog

          If I have an index marker dialog open (the Page Reference Options dialog), I would like to be able to click a button to go to the marker in the text. Currently, I have to close the marker dialog and choose "Go to Selected Marker" from the Index window menu.
          Making this change would cut two clicks out of the workflow, which over time would save many minutes during a project.

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          • would export an index sorted by page number

            One of the tasks I perform to proof an index is to check that the number of entries per page is appropriate to the project. If InDesign would let you export all index entries sorted by page number (in addition to the traditional alphabetical sort, of course), I wouldn't have to try to re-sort an exported index so I could check page density of entries.

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            • Builtin Book/eBook Storyboarding

              I'd like to recommend the ability for InDesign to build storyboards based on the pages created, or vice-versa. A story board is created first then is converted and/or imported to the document creation side of InDesign displaying the sketch. As each page is created or updated it is automatically upgraded in InDesign's storyboard providing a road map of what's been done.

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              • css-like selecors

                It would be nice to have the ability to style InDesign documents with CSS-like selectors. For example to style paragraph that goes right after subtitle (h3>p), or select every other paragraph (p:nth-child(2)), etc.

                15 votes
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                • Save incremental

                  While working on big files, like magazines, I need to make some changes, and sometimes I need to revert and return back to the previous versions. So at the end of the project, I have "File_name_ver_1", "File_name_ver_2", "File_name_ver_3", etc. - its would be nice to have built-in button "save incremental" that will "save as" my file changing that last number in file name

                  10 votes
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                  • HTML5 import

                    It would be nice to be able to import text from html5 file, like we do from the MS Word, and at the same time map styles like with xml import

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                    • Section color and Story color

                      It would be nice if we could be able to set the color for the entire section or just one story and then have this color applied to "Section marker", title, drop-cap, subhead, quotes, etc. I know that I can create just another color for each story, but I want "smart colors" and palette that will help me to change / keep track of all my section/story colors

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                      • supported auto-generated subheadings in tables, sort of like text variables.

                        In the tables I create there are 3 levels of headers. The L1 headers need to be at the top of the table on every page (which is easy to do in InDesign), but the L2 or L3 headers need to repeat at the top of the page under the L1 header until a new header with that style is added to the table.

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                        • Rounded corners that work (half circle possible)

                          If I set the rounded corners to a high value, there is always a small straight line between the corners. Why? This bug exist at least since seven years!

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                          • export and import to .psd and .ai formats

                            would like to be able to open InDesign layouts in Photoshop and Illustrator to tweak them and return back to InDesign

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                            • Auto size text box button on control bar

                              Autosize pic box buttons are there on control panel, when text box is selected or active, similar auto size text box buttons could appear on control bar for easy access rather than Ctrl+B.

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                              • 7 votes
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                                • Document language in document metadata

                                  I would like to have a field for document language in the document metadata, that the export should pick up automatically without having to change anything in the export dialogue. (I have filed a feature request with Adobe), just like the document title.

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                                  • Cycle through the color swatches

                                    It would be a big help to be able to cycle through the color swatches like cycling through the font list using the up & down arrow keys

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                                    • had transparent cell borders

                                      and also the ability to set the width of the transparent borders for creating grids.

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                                      • rasterize page

                                        often I got magazine adverts with overlay effects, and after exporting those adverts to PDF some elements fades out (becomes invisible) so I have either ask advertisers to send me fixed version or manually rasterize it, for example, save as flattened jpg and then place this jpeg instead of PDF - would be nice to have the option on context menu that can do this automatically

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                                        • An option to "store" inside an object style, not only the styles but also the "content" (text, graphic, and linked frames content)

                                          An option that allows the user to store, inside an object style, not only the styles options but also the "content" (text, graphic, and linked frames content) of the object, this could be a way to create a reusable-linked library inside a document. Like autocad blocks, this could be useful for people working on technical documentation projects.

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