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  1. Adjust Layout - Off by default please.

    Finding the new Adjust Layout in InDesign 2019 a bit of a liability as is turned ON by default.

    Can you please add a setting to turn off globally and turn on only when needed? Currently doesn't seem possible.

    Thanks

    165 votes
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      104 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Save Preferences

      For about 14/15 years I never had to reset preferences in InDesign.

      Since CC2017 it's more or less once a week.
      Colors disappearing.. panels blind or empty.. tools not working.. font now showing.
      Panels self increasing size...

      But it seems we have to deal with it, so we probably need a way to SAVE PREFERENCES.
      **Save preferences in a moment everything work fine.. and restore it when (after just few days) nothing works anymore.**

      Every time people have to reset preferences, they have to restore everything. UI colors, workspace, Application Frame (that mac users normally never use) Old Dialog way…

      110 votes
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        7 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Functionality to apply kerning before the first letter in a line

        Feature Description: This feature should work like in Illustrator or Photoshop (even After Effects can do it). Please see attached screen capture.

        How it should work:
        1. Insert the cursor before the first character in a line
        2. Use the kerning in the character panel or with the shortcuts (ALT + arrow keys)
        3. kerning should be applied

        Why: This would be a productivity enhancement and make it much easier to optically align the first letter in a line manually without having to use the Optical Margin alignment that only works for a whole story.

        46 votes
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          12 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Wavy line needs customize option!

          We need “Wavy line” customize option, such as:
          (1) weight (2) wave height (3) wavelength (4) single/double line selection
          (see fig1.png and fig2.png)

          Current wavy line design is not good for professional.
          When we change weight, the wavy size is automatically changed. We can’t control the size of wave.
          When we need to control the size and shape of wavy line, we have to create appropriate one by Illustrator, then link them. This takes lots of times of us.
          "Wavy line" customize option will definitely help us a lot.
          Japanese clients often designate to use wavy lines to underline.
          With…

          37 votes
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          • Properties Panel More Options

            I quite like the idea of the new Properties Panel, but it would be great to have the options to have the "More Options" items to be expanded permanently. Right now the auto collapse once you change from item to item. I understand if you are working on a laptop, the fact that they auto collapse is helpful but when you are working on a large screen I don't want to keep looking for my options. Please add a preference that makes the expanded options sticky.
            Thanks, Julian

            65 votes
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              25 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Option to split table rows across pages

              Lord please, if you're up there, answer our INDD prayers and make this a feature. A LOT of tables have rows with more content than can be held in a single page or bottom of a page. It's impossible to layout a continuous book or brochure if I can't get the table text to split - it doesn't have to be the default, but give me the option - please, please. WORD does this, be better than Word!!

              230 votes
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                47 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make it obvious in the Page palette when a page dimension has been changed with the Page tool

                In a multi-page doc, it is not obvious when the dimensions of individual pages have been changed with the Page tool.

                This can waste time or at worst be disastrous if a document at the wrong size is inadvertently sent to print.

                I suggest some kind of colour tint or bright border to page thumbnails to clearly identify when a page dimension has changed from the document’s core dimensions.

                18 votes
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                  5 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Please add proper standard printing condition(s) and icc-profiles

                  Adobe, please change the standard color presets for printing to the proper standard printing conditions and profiles that are published by the European Color Initaitive ECI (eci.org.). The icc-profiles are publically available.
                  Actually, Adobe still uses outdated FOGRA39 characterization data by default, second Adobe applies FOGRA39 in an own icc-profile that differs from the standard-profile by the ECI.
                  FOGRA39 is outdated, it's been replaced by FOGRA51 since years, for good reason. ECI has published the corresponding standard ICC-profile "PSO coated v3", which should find it's way into Adobe's color settings. Please integrate the official ECI-profiles, because these are highly optimized…

                  103 votes
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                    28 comments  ·  Print/Packaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Duplicating pages in InDesign - but not at the end of a document

                    When duplicating pages in Indesign they always appear at the end of the document. We should be able to select where in the document we want the pages to be added, as we do when inserting new pages.
                    So, 'Duplicate Pages''; "Insert Before/After page XX" etc

                    31 votes
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                      5 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Table of Contents

                      Table of Contents styles should be able to take a selected page range, and generate a TOC based on only that page range.

                      Many books have multiple TOCs these days — a master TOC up front, and TOCs at the beginning of each chapter or section, and often a hidden TOC that is used to generate PDF bookmarks.

                      Being able to limit page ranges would mean less manually edited of generated TOCs, faster TOC generation, and needing to use fewer paragraph/character styles to handle them!

                      37 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Groups, Smart Groups, and Searching in Links Panel

                        The links panel should support Groups and Smart Groups. Large numbers of links in projects -- especially those that include a lot of InCopy assignments -- get unwieldy.

                        Ideally you would be able to make groups and manually move links into them, and also create smart groups that would automatically update. Ideas for common filters that smart groups would be used for:

                        All CMKY images, all non-CMYK images, all InCopy links, all links that need to be updated, all links that are embedded or not, all links that are currently on a Hidden Layer or hidden via conditional text, etc.

                        35 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Would like the Links panel to show status, resolution, color information for linked AI and PDF

                          It would be helpful to be able to view the following information for linked AI and PDF files in InDesign's links panel:

                          - Color space of linked AI and PDF files
                          - Status of any links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files
                          - Effective resolution for links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files

                          36 votes
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                          • Anchored Objects should be able to be sent to back so text can print above the object

                            It would be nice if text could print above an anchored object

                            93 votes
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                              8 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Ability to assign a shortcut to [None] in the Character Styles window.

                              Because you sometimes want to REMOVE a character style and it would be very beneficial to be able to use a shortcut for that as well.

                              38 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Paragraph Rules Dialogue Re-design

                                Re-design the Paragraph Rules section of the Paragraph Styles dialogue. See attached. The mockup is not refined, but it looks like it will work.

                                9 votes
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                                  5 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Real table footnotes (different from CC2019)

                                  Since CC2019 the user is able to add footnotes inside a table. Such notes are added at the bottom, of the textbox. This behavior does not fit to many needs of designer how need real table footnotes.

                                  So what is the difference?
                                  Real table footnotes stick to the content of the table.
                                  In this case the note gives some additional information to the table specific content.
                                  Therefore each table should have an own mechanism of numbering that does not mix up with the document footnotes numbering. Additionally the position of table footnotes is most often at the end of the…

                                  24 votes
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                                    6 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Would like a feature that would set type flush left to the longest centered line

                                    I often need to set poetry extracts in books so that they are flush left to the longest centered line in the extract—see attached examples. 


                                    The workarounds a cumbersome and/or time consuming. 

                                    
It would be great if there was a setting to do this automatically.

                                    26 votes
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                                    • Allow more formatting of running heads

                                      I'm working on a book whose running heads use both bold and roman type. (Chapter 1: Chapter title where "Chapter 1:" is bold and "Chapter TItle" is roman. As far as I know, I can't use variables or automatic section heads to format this way so have resorted to having a separate master page for each chapter.

                                      19 votes
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                                        7 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • MathML Support

                                        We need to have InDesign to support MathML, this is much awaited feature, but not supporting in InDesign yet.

                                        Currently we're using 3rd party plugins such as MathType, MathTools, PowerMath, etc. but not meeting our expectation, also high license cost than InDesign.

                                        @ALL: Please support to include this feature in InDesign in the very near release.

                                        213 votes
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                                          48 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Outline Stroke

                                          Its 2019 and its not possible to convert a path into a shape like in illustrator.

                                          12 votes
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