Adobe InDesign Wishlist

We don’t work for Adobe, but we think if enough people raise their voice that Adobe will listen. What kinds of features do you want to see in future versions of InDesign? Are there current features that you wish worked differently?

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  1. "Action"-Panel to record and play actions

    Photoshop has an "action" panel to record and playback certain actions (above all actions which often repeat). This would be a reaaaaalllly cool feature for people who ain't into scripting. This could help to setup and speed-up workflows with an easy-to-use tool.

    125 votes
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    • had an option to save a [converted] document back to the location of the original

      OR provide a script that will do that automatically, because it's a royal pain having to navigate to where the original document is stored so I can overwrite it, for dozens of documents, every time there's an upgrade.

      69 votes
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      • Colourpicker like PS for all Apps

        All apps (ID, AI and DW) should have the PS color picker. And the colours should have the same values . (ASE files are good, but a colourpicker is faster.)

        48 votes
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        • Preference to have "Preview" chec kbox ALWAYS enabled (styles, effects, etc.)

          Though InDesign now has somewhat of a "sticky" feature for remembering if the "Preview" check box is checked (for styles, effects, etc.), I'd really like to see a setting where this is ALWAYS checked. Our computers are fast enough to handle this now and if not, you could just disable this in the preferences. It could even be disabled by default if necessary.

          37 votes
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          • InDesign Tool Bar

            Ability to modify/add/remove/rearrange the tools in the tool bar. I hate the gap tool and page tool placement. Also I don't use the pencil tool, or any of it's underlying tools, nor do I have use for two types of frame, the scissors tool, notes tool, hand tool or zoom tool.

            It would be nice to be able to either dock these into each other or remove, rearrange this as I see fit. It's very clunky for what I need normally.

            35 votes
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            • Remember the app's window size and keep it maximized

              Indesign consistently forgets that it's maximized. It's easy to click things behind it when clicking the scrollbar or file menu. Also the horizontal scrollbar hides behind my taskbar. It's a small thing but I must correct it ten times a day.

              33 votes
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              • Make the UI palette font size adjustable

                The programming already exists in Photoshop. Can't the ID team get the programming to use in InDesign too???????? The resolution on our monitors is getting tinier every year. The UI needs some updates here.

                Since larger fonts may mean more scrolling, having an option to make potentially long palettes like Paragraph or Character Styles 2-column would be useful too.

                30 votes
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                • Redesign its indexing UI to be more deft

                  Everything in indexing UI now requires a mouse click and a dialog box. An expandable floating indexing addition to the palette would be nice, so that you don't have to open the dialog box all the time. The little triangles are also a pain to use - a full type-ahead scrolling find features would be easier for navigation. The whole thing needs to be reworked from an indexer's point of view.

                  25 votes
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                  • Document Map based on Paragraph styles like in Word

                    It is very difficult to navigate long stories. I propose a story palette showing a document map based on (selected) paragraph styles would:
                    a) dynamically facilitate navigation (by clicking on headings)
                    b) make possible to rearrange chapters (by dragging up and down)
                    c) change chapter titles directly from the palette (double click, edit)
                    d) Split and Merge stories (contextual menu)

                    21 votes
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                    • would make the Hyperlink/Cross Reference and Index dboxes adjustable

                      I hate those little boxes, and wish I could stretch them out to make it easier to select what I'm interested in.

                      20 votes
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                      • Dragging the corner of an object scales it by default, not crops it.

                        One of the first things that confuse people in indesign is this behavior. You get used to it but it makes no sense... I need to scale objects much more often than I need to crop them. So by default objects should scale unless I hold a specific key to enable cropping. Having to press E before scaling, or pressing ctrl+alt+C after dragging the corner... these feel clunky.

                        17 votes
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                        • Visual example of Paragraph and Character Styles in UI palette menu

                          Have the option to turn the Paragraph Styles (and Character Styles) palettes into visual examples of the created styles instead of the standard uniform black UI font. Similar to how the font drop-down shows you what a font looks like, but with the font color, rules, etc. for locating styles quicker when you have too many for keyboard shortcuts, (or coworkers who use generic names for styles in every document).

                          15 votes
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                          • Make InDesign Mac OS X "Spaces" aware

                            You can't make InDesign stay on his assign space.
                            With Lion coming it will mean Mission control friendly

                            13 votes
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                            • 12 votes
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                              • in the preview would be able to simulate different saddlestitched/perfect bound,

                                Since more users with little printing experience are preparing print documents it would be good to have some help in displaying saddle stitched and perfect bound. In saddle stitched magazines the pages are incrementally smaller, towards spine. On a perfect bound the page will not resemble the flat spread view which gives rise to false expectations.

                                10 votes
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                                • 10 votes
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                                  • Tell me the TOC needs regenerating when I print or export an .indb

                                    There's nothing to tell me a generated TOC is out of date. I need to know this at the same times I need to know links are broken or outdated: When printing, when exporting, when running Preflight. Otherwise, it's just up to me to remember to remember.

                                    10 votes
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                                    • Keyboard Shortcuts in Cross References dialog box

                                      I want to use keyboard shortcuts to navigate through the cross-references dialog box. Using the mouse to click, click, click is so tedious when I have to make a lot of x-refs.

                                      10 votes
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                                      • Allowed you to search within entire groups of styles

                                        Inside the Find/Change dialog, within the "Find Format" section, when selecting to search based on a paragraph or character style, you should be able to select entire groups of styles. This would be useful when searching for acronyms/initializations in header styles, for example, or for stray character styles that do not below within particular paragraph styles.

                                        9 votes
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                                        • multiple relink for Books panel

                                          I'd like to be able to select multiple documents in the Book panel and replace them all at once, like in the Links panel (where you get a pop-up menu for each link in turn to select a replacement). I'd also like to be able to use something similar to the Links panel's 'relink to folder' for documents in the Book panel. Currently you can only replace one document at a time.

                                          9 votes
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