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. paragraph style to trigger a speciffic master page...

    I want to apply a specific master page to a page where a paragraph style occurs...

    225 votes
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    • 205 votes
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      • Custom stroke ends and stroke styles

        To be able to define custom stroke ends. There are just a few, but they are very simplistic. I'd like to be able to add my own, and to specify what percentage they are applied at (like in Illustrator). I'd also like to define my own custom-stroke styles, besides just the standard dot, stripe, and dash. It would be sort of like custom strokes in AI. I know there's a way to do it (because of easter egg stroke styles) but there is no UI built into InDesign to access these features.

        163 votes
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        • would have objectstyles with widths and heights for objects

          for example have all the frames with objectstyle "catalog-image" change to 30x40mm in your document by changing an objectstyle:frameoption to width 30, height 40mm.

          97 votes
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          • < > ≤ ≥ operators in Find/Change

            Looking for all the tints below 50%, lookinf for all the texts between 5 and 7 pts,...

            68 votes
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            • Data merge for a Table

              It would be great to tag a table to populate with a data merge. This would include images/graphics and text.

              48 votes
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              • Table styles for width of cells for easier table set up

                Ability to set first column to specific width, next column to different width and so on.. using table styles.

                33 votes
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                • would let you choose an 'anchor'when aligning objects, like in Illustrator

                  In Illustrator you can choose which object the others align to, but this feature is not avilable in InDesign. For example, if you want to centrally align two objects where one is wider/taller, InDesign will automtically align to the larger object (so the smaller one will move in order to centrally align), but it would be better if you could choose.

                  32 votes
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                  • Keep box sizes the same after adding a stroke like Illustrator

                    I wish the size of a box wouldn't change after you add a stroke to it. The size doesn't change in Illustrator after you add a stroke, so why does it change in InDesign? It's annoying to have to change the size of a box manually after adding a stroke to it because you forgot to put the stroke on it before making the box.

                    20 votes
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                    • vertical lines controlled via a paragraph style

                      We have support for horizontal lines but why not vertical?

                      20 votes
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                      • ...had a standard zero-align option in the Distribute Spacing field of the align palette

                        I use the align palette a lot, and I'm constantly switching the value in the "distribute spacing" field from zero, to a given number, and back again. (I want zero spacing between a photo and its caption box, but then I want a stack of photos to be 1p6 apart; repeat.) I would find a button for zero-space to be a really useful constant in that palette.

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                        • Make Table & Cell Styles more robust

                          InDesign Table and Cell Styles should have some of the same features as Object Styles, including:
                          • Corner Options: Would be nice to have tables with rounded or chiseled edges without having to draw or refit extra elements.
                          • Effects. Bevel & Emboss, Drop Shadows. Just think of it.
                          • Fixed width for entire table, or cells.
                          Other features would be:
                          • Table Styles have option to tag the top & bottom row as a Header & Footer rather than have to tag them manually.
                          • Have more than one level of Header rows (eg, tables that have the title…

                          17 votes
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                          • let you use negative text indents for any object

                            This would mean that for any text frame or table cell you could get the text to sit outside of it's box.

                            17 votes
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                            • Paragraphs border, and background color with effects such as corner effect

                              It will be a great ability to have border or background color with effects the same as a frame that is attached to a paragraph. In other word it can be a virtual frame that is attached to a paragraph and resized with it, and when a paragraph split in to or more frames it splits automatically.

                              16 votes
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                              • let me atach an object (graphic element, grup, image) as part of paragrapg style

                                I want indesign to let me attach an object (graphic element, group, image) as part of paragraph style. I would open up many creative ways to style a paragraph.

                                15 votes
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                                • Adjust column widths independently within text frame

                                  Adjust column widths independently, to allow for one column slightly (or greatly) wider than another column in the same text frame. To build off other's ideas, it would be excellent to specify the independent column widths directly in the object or paragraph style (I know you can already with fixed widths).

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Master pages could reflow / rearrange content

                                    Master pages could be used to reflow /rearange content once a it has been imputed, so you could view what your content looked like in various layouts by just switching master pages. Hope that makes sense!

                                    12 votes
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                                    • would make the Gap Tool smarter

                                      Would like to see the Gap Tool allow incremental measures to be entered, for a series of items.

                                      11 votes
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                                      • 10 votes
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                                        • Cropping marks

                                          I wish InDesign could make "crooping marks", but not in the limits of the document as already does, but in the limits of any object.

                                          10 votes
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