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. Drop words

    Creates drop word effect to all paragraphs with selected paragraph style. The number of drop lines is user defined, and "window" (space) below the word.
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    THIS is the Drop word function, i think
    its cool idea to add it to Indesign
    and I think that almost Indesign users say
    to 10x about it.

    328 votes
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    • Free design for the Footnotes rule

      MS-Word allow free design for the footnotes line, like a paragraph design. In Indesign, if we want take caption or designed glyphs for the foontones role - we can't do it.

      281 votes
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      • 269 votes
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        • Endnotes option (like Footnotes)

          Endnotes are a pain! Need a Footnotes-style feature to ease EPUB production without messing around with scripts etc. Also need an option to switch between Endnotes and Footnotes.

          210 votes
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          • 191 votes
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            • Table and cells with rounded corners

              I wish I could create cells with rounded corners

              184 votes
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              • Table Cells to Split Across frames/pages/spreads

                If a table cell is too long it won't split over a frame, it would be neat if this happened without having to split cells manually.

                161 votes
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                • Contextual paragraph styles

                  I want not to have to make multiple nearly-identical paragraph styles with minor variations, and I want not have to go back and reapply them every time text reflows.

                  Example: If I have a different paragraph style if the text falls at the top of a column-- let's say it gets a RULE ABOVE that the rest of the text doesn't get--I want either to be able to toggle between the two styles automatically OR to have a toggle within the paragraph style that says "Use this RULE ABOVE if and only if at top of column."

                  95 votes
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                  • Basic math operations in tables - just a bit of Excel

                    Doing Basic calculations in a Table would be so nice.

                    86 votes
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                    • Different paragraph spacing depending on next paragraph style.

                      In the paragraph style you had the option to not add space between paragraphs of the same style like Word. Or to control spacing depending on the following style. ie when creating a bulleted list – different spacing between each point and between the list and the surrounding paragraphs.

                      84 votes
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                      • The ability to select non-contiguous text, like you can in Word.

                        In Word you can select multiple areas of text that are not next to each other. Would be nice to be able to do this in InDesign.

                        69 votes
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                        • Could do multiple Find/Change queries in one fell swoop

                          There is a fantastic product called "Multi Find/Change" from Automatication.com that allows you to create sets of the Find/Change queries and then run them with just one click.

                          It even allows you to mix text and grep searches in that one click!

                          I would like Adobe to buy this product and incorporate it into the next version of InDesign.

                          It exists. It works. It is ready to rock and roll!

                          63 votes
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                          • Let "Space Before" work on first line of frame

                            As of now you have to do all and every kind of trick known to mankind to make that first line of text actually adhere to the "space before" rule. Whatever the trick, none of them are really intuitive enough to make me actually look forward doing it.

                            So please, Adobe, JDI!

                            With great appreciation, really!

                            60 votes
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                            • Relative leading

                              In the leading amount box you could type +2, for example, and InDesign would maintain 2pts of leading whatever the size of the type was changed to. If the type was 10pt the leading would be 12pt, if it was 30pt it would be 32pt &c. Old time Linotype machines called the Go+ as I recall (as Go+2).

                              54 votes
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                              • Consistent Metric Measures throughout CC Suite

                                When upgrading from CS6 to CC, Illustrator suddenly handles rulers, line and type measure in millimeter. I can finally type, let say I want 4 mm leading, and then the vertical metrics is set to “4 mm” in Illustrator rather than “11.639 pt”. This is a very important step in the right direction regarding visual size. Just to be able to use the same metrological system through out the entire document makes the software more pragmatic.

                                Now that I’m “spoiled” with Illustrator I want all Adobe software to do the same, it would make it a lot easier for me,…

                                52 votes
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                                • Global Hyphenation & Justification

                                  Take hyphenation & justification out of paragraph formatting, and let them stand alone, so you can set up once, and apply through paragraph styles, like a color swatch. One of the very few things that I think Quark did better; they called them H&J's, & they could be chosen from pop-up menus in paragraph formats & style sheets.

                                  50 votes
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                                  • option to set numbered lists to restart after un-numbered paragraphs

                                    Currently, numbered paragraph styles can be set to restart numbering after any previous level. I would like to also be able to set a numbered list to restart after paragraphs which are not numbered, and/or paragraphs which are numbered using a different list. This would do away with the need to have a different paragraph style for the first item in each list, where you have lots of lists in one story.

                                    49 votes
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                                    • Put the Basic Paragraph Style in the memory hole.

                                      The Basic Paragraph Style was clearly a mistake when it was introduced. Either Adobe’s beta testing is anaemic or they only test for bugs, not missing or poorly implemented features (and even then, not very well to judge by every version of Illustrator in the last ten years).

                                      The Basic Paragraph Style has zero benefits from a professional point of view, and this is a program for professionals. It is only a trap for inexperienced users trading text between files.

                                      46 votes
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                                      • GREP

                                        GREP Paragraph Style Presets. I wish there was a way to save commonly used GREP codes and their character styles within the paragraph style dialog box--much like you can with the GREP search field. I hate that I need to copy and paste the GREP code from one style to the next.

                                        46 votes
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                                        • Visual Heirarchy of "Based on" styles

                                          See in styles panel which styles are based on what - don't have to open each individually, check , open parent - and so on.

                                          43 votes
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