Adobe InDesign Wishlist

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  1. 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.

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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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      • 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

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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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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                  0 comments  ·  Export  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                  • 3 votes
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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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                      • 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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                          0 comments  ·  Graphics  ·  Admin →
                        • 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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                            • Anchoring an object should not mess up GREP styles

                              If I use \(blah\)$ to apply a character style to the end of a paragraph, anchoring an object after the end-parenthesis shouldn't negate the application. Anchors should not be considered characters.

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                              • HSB/HLS color palette !!

                                As in Adobe Photoshop. HSB/HLS palettes are one of most used color palettes. InDesign in these days its not only designed for print , but also digital purposes...but HSB/HSL still no exist in such program like InDesign!!

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                                • Stroke on one side

                                  It would be nice if we can choose stroke on rectangle on only one, or two sides. Something like border in css (ex. border-top, border-right)

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                                  • Gradient

                                    Interface for gradient like in Photoshop. Click on color it opens color picker, not to have drag a color from color palette on gradient bar

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                                    • Anchoring an object shouldn't reflow the paragraph

                                      Why is an invisible anchor treated as a character that needs copyfitting?

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                                      • Option to Open Adobe Pagemaker Files in Indesign CC

                                        I am unable to Open Pagemaker files in Indesign CC please add this feature to Indesign CC

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                                        • clipboard dock/panel to store often used design elements

                                          Often I will have to copy and search and then add an existing design element (eg. icon and text) which will overwrite the element if it is stored in the clipboard for ready use. A dock (or panel) where I could drag often used elements would be handy and free up the clipboard (perhaps with a paste in place button).

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