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  1. 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.

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      27 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Paragraph Border Controls when Split across Columns or Frames

      There needs to be a control that "If paragraph breaks between columns or frames" restricts the paragraph border to: "baseline" , "cap-height" and perhaps a value offset for this. At the very least there needs to be the "clip to frame" option for paragraph border like there is for paragraph shading. However, the controls for baseline and cap-height would be ideal.

      38 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • EPUB CSS output could be improved quite a lot

        So I’m currently in charge of Readium CSS, which is a project related to Readium 2 (link: https://github.com/readium/readium-2), a complete rewrite of Readium SDK, which you may know in the form of a Chrome app – this Chrome app is actually advised by InDesign engineers in the InDesign forums whenever a rendering issue pops up so I assume InDesign engineers know it exists.

        Unfortunately, there are a lot of CSS issues piling up right now and InDesign’s output could really do with some significant improvements to allow for better cross-platform support and rendering. Indeed, Readium 2/CSS is meant to…

        8 votes
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          0 comments  ·  EPub  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Publish Online for INDB (book) file

          Please extend Publish Online to Books. I use recurring elements as chapters in presentations and would like to publish online instead of exporting and transmitting PDF files.

          4 votes
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            0 comments  ·  PublishOnline  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Dynamic baseline related unit of measurement

            Please consider the addition of a dynamic unit of measurement that relates to the document’s baseline. Such a unit will make it possible to express various parameters throughout the design as a multiplication or division of the document’s baseline.

            We would for example be able to express a header’s leading as twice the number of baselines, or a paragraph’s space after in any number of baselines.

            The unit’s relation to the document‘s baseline means that it’s dynamic: whenever you change the baseline, all values expressed in this unit will change accordingly. There will be no more need to adjust these…

            47 votes
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              12 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Hi All,

              This indeed a great suggestion. I wanted to understand a little more about this request.

              1. The way this request is described its majorly about figuring out how to change the various text attributes in a single step rather than having to change multiple styles to make that happen. It would helpful if you can mention which all attributes you all would want to be dependent on the baseline (space before/after, size, leading any other).
              2. Which kind of documents (magazines, brochures, books etc.) do you see this to be more important for you.
              3. Wouldn’t a similar method (not sure if we could base it on baseline though!!) for changing the layout also help, if you could define the sizes of objects in relation to the page size. Do you think extending this feature to the layout also makes sense.
              4. If you can share some files…

            • Add Endnote Support for InCopy

              Please add endnote support for Adobe InCopy. Without it, InCopy sadly is pretty much useless.
              InDesign Footnotes are too inflexible and working with manual Footnotes is not really feasible in larger documents.

              4 votes
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                3 comments  ·  InCopy  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Support for Endnotes is now in the beta builds of InCopy. You would also need the Beta builds of InDesign for the complete workflow. You can find both the builds by joining the Adobe Pre-Release program.

                Do give it a try and let us know how it works out for you.

                Adobe PR program link: https://www.adobeprerelease.com/beta/C6DFA254-C40C-4EEB-8F6D-F4AEDA2E6171/participate/F2ECD64C-FC6A-411F-B75E-B662ADCDDEA8

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              • data merge multiple records: right to left

                A right to left option when putting multiple records per page. Useful when printing backs of tags, etc.

                3 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Update Book panel

                  Please update the Book files to work more like FrameMaker.

                  For example, one can group files together, use folders (to treat separate files as one chapter), set the pagination settings separate for each file (start on right, start on next, make page count even, etc.)

                  InDesign hasn't had any major long document feature updates for some time. (Endnotes doesn't count as a long document feature since they do not currently work for a book. <g>)

                  8 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow footnotes to renumber in same document

                    When importing a Word document with footnotes or endnotes that are continuous, add feature to begin renumbering footnotes from 1 for each chapter or section. It does not work in the current versions of InDesign CC even with the preferences set to renumber with each new section when the text file is linked from section to section.

                    2 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Additional PDF export button for "CURRENT PAGE"

                      Without a lot of expensive coding, could you add a button for "CURRENT PAGE" in the dialog box for export PDF? It would be a lot quicker than having to enter the page number every time you want to export each page separately.
                      E.G.
                      In Pages section
                      ALL
                      CURRENT PAGE
                      RANGE

                      4 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Update the new New Document dialog box

                        1. Add the ability to removed saved and recent presets easily—individually and collectively
                        2. Add a preview checkbox (so new users can see the page they are building as in the legacy New Document dialog box)
                        3. Update the way you save a new preset—right now there is a box to type in a new name, but when you click on the Save icon you have to type the name in again.

                        9 votes
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                          2 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • End-notes and Footnotes URLS

                          I do a lot of books for Print and digital (pdf and ePub). End-notes have always been a problem, even now that Indesign supports End-notes.

                          For PDF and ePub export , in order to have the end-note reference clickable to redirect the user to it's corresponding end-note, then a link back again, I have to do this manually.

                          This is a massive manual process...

                          1. Let's say I have 100 end-notes. With each end-note reference, I have to place a new 'Hyperlink Destination' (for the return link)... That's going through the document, and placing 100 hyperlink destinations.

                          2. Then, I…

                          7 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Support Schema within InDesign

                            Currently, the InDesign Supports to load DTD in the XML structure. This would help us to validate XML within InDesign and it ensures the quality and time saving to the users as well.

                            The recent times we use to receive Schema from the customer. We cannot load Schema into InDesign since it does not support. The user tend to make many mistakes in XML in InDesign and unable to validate within InDesign. Currently, we validate XML against schema outside InDesign rather than within InDesign like DTD.

                            Great help to users if Schema is supports to Load in InDesign. This would…

                            2 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Save All and Close All

                              Add a 'Save All' and 'Close All' to the File menu. Photoshop and other Adobe software have had this since the '90s, so why doesn't InDesign? It's inefficient to click on dozens of documents one at a time in order to save them and/or save and close them. Please emulate Photoshop as the ideal example.

                              2 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Tables!!!! Cell an rows breaking across page and more!

                                Tables!!!! First can we have table cells/rows that BREAK across pages. Second can we the ability to adjust the size of rows or columns without having to split and join an split and join..... Word is a much inferior product and this has been available since 1994.... Tables are probably what we use most of with little or no updating since Indesign 1.0....

                                24 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Ability to place 'live' endnotes at end of story, not in separate frame

                                  Fairly straightforward - current 2018 endnotes are forced into a separate frame, rather than being at the end of the text in the story. This means having to constantly manually moved them about when text frames are being adjusted. Need the ability to have the same positional behaviour at the end of the body text within the same story frame as endnotes have always previously had (preferably whilst still being live, but failing that, the ability to turn off the new behaviour would be sufficient).

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                                    0 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • It'd be so much more efficient to be able to put in a default value in editable form text fields in InDesign vs Acrobat.

                                    I work on a creative team building editable form fields in InDesign for interactive pdf export. It'd be so much more efficient to be able to put in a DEFAULT VALUE OPTION with the correct InDesign formatting in editable form text fields in InDesign vs the limited option in Acrobat.

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                                      0 comments  ·  EPub  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files.

                                      Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files. In long documents with many chapters it is easy to inadvertently move a document in the book window.

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                                        0 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Overhanging glyphs

                                        Gentlemen, this may be covered already, but it annoys me that when the letter “f” and maybe others appear in a justified paragraph they overhang the right margin. I believe the same may apply to the left margin with a few glyphs in italics.

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                                        • Persistent Book Panel

                                          I use Book files often (INDB) and it is very annoying the way the Book Panel disappears from the UI when I close all open INDD files. I have to go to the Window menu and then to the bottom and choose my open Book file to get the Book Panel back. Please could you make the Book Panel persistent in the UI and remember the place that I docked it. That would save me time.

                                          4 votes
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