Adobe InDesign Wishlist

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  1. Web 508

    I wish the engineers that create the next build for Adobe InDesign 2018 would have the export function to create an Acrobat PDF file which is under Acrobat properties, the Initial View should default to Document Title, not file name. In the page properties... Tab Order should default to Use Document Structure, Not Unspecified. This would save the 50 designers I work with and myself from having to switch them on every Web 508 compliant PDF that we create. Which is thousands of documents a year.

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    • Object Style should apply Paragraph Styles in threaded textboxes too.

      In an Object Style, "The Paragraph Styles category is ignored by default, even if you’re creating a text frame. This category is applicable only if the object is an unthreaded text frame."

      I would like it to work with threaded boxes as well.

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      • Object Style should apply Paragraph Styles in threaded textboxes too.

        In an Object Style, "The Paragraph Styles category is ignored by default, even if you’re creating a text frame. This category is applicable only if the object is an unthreaded text frame."

        I would like it to work with threaded boxes as well.

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        • Make the leetle teeny indent setting triangle bigger

          I can't be the only one who makes a new tab half a dozen times before finally hitting the right pixel.

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          • text/tab before footnote number

            I'd like to be able to have text before the footnote number within the footnote. For example, another tab to help align the numbers correctly, or the word 'Note'. Currently all you can do is use the prefix/suffix character, which makes it impossible to have different characters in the footnote reference and the footnote itself

            3 votes
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            • Apply rotation and shear angles via an object style

              Some layouts use type and graphic boxes that have the same rotation and shear angles, but currently these cannot be part of an Object Style.

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              • 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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                  • 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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                    • 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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                      • 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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                          • 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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                            • 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.

                                5 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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                                  • 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

                                    7 votes
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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

                                      3 votes
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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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                                        • 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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