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  1. "Force quit" a background task

    In all the years that we've had background tasks, I've almost never been able to cancel one successfully. Whenever a task hangs up for unknown reasons, and I hit cancel, it just hangs on the 'cancelling' step and the only way to stop it is to force-quit InDesign, which can equal lost work and damaged files.

    I would like to see a more assertive way to force shut down of a background task that isn't cooperating.

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    • Export PDF comments

      InDesign 2019 -- PDF comment import works fine, however what is the point if I cant then export back to PDF for further review and INCLUDE those comments?

      Seems like the import PDF comments without including them in the export to PDF is an incomplete feature.

      10 votes
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      • Enhance the new Suffix feature for exporting single Pages or single Spreads as PDF

        The new Suffix feature allows three parameters: ^#, ^P and ^S. So far so good.
        To make the feature complete I would suggest a couple of other parameters:

        ^N for page names
        Page names like i, ii, iii or a, b, c or 001, 002, 003 would be possible.
        Also names like 200 for the first page in a document that starts with 200 for page one.

        ^X for section prefixes ( max. of 8 characters )

        ^A for names of Alternate Layouts

        ^W for width of page

        ^H for height of page

        ^Pt , ^mm, ^In etc.pp. for unit…

        44 votes
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        • Extended PDF export features

          To add a custom preset feature where you could export a duplicate PDF with crop marks as well as a clean PDF all in one saving action. There is a lot of times in my line of work where we need both options (one for print and one for archiving) purposes. As of right now I have to export 2 files separately. Having a preset where I could just check the box when exporting would greatly save time and effort each time we go to export.

          4 votes
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          • Interactive button - Page destination - Acrobat

            In the menu 'Objects > Interactive objects > Convert to button' one get a panel with some options with mouse over effect and macros (what the button should execute after the use interact with it). So if you choose page destination 'Go to page' and then export to PDF (interactive) you get a warning error message, that the button will be visable in Acrobat, but the 'Go to page' commande will not work.

            This seems like an essential feature when dealing with interactivity.
            Please make it work directly within InDesign! It would be so much smoother than the workaround to…

            3 votes
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            • Notification after background task completes

              Sometimes background tasks can take a fair bit of time and we may switch to other things, take a phone call, go to lunch, meeting....If the Alerts panel was more about notifications, we would be able to know a bit more of what has happened with the task - if it completed, how long it took or even provide a link to view or email the exported PDF.

              4 votes
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              • Interactive > Set Tab Order - greater sorting options

                Allow the panel that opens when Interactive > Set Tab Order is invoked to be much larger so as to be able to sort interactive objects more easily. Allow them to be nested into groups to allow easier order sorting. Highlight actual object on page when selected in the order so as to easily identified when sorting large numbers.

                3 votes
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                • Export of all opened documents

                  Please make it possible to export all opened InDesign documents at the same time. You can also use the same export defaults.

                  3 votes
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                  • Loop Video in PDF

                    Allow embedded movies used in Interactive PDF export to loop video. Or at least allow to embed GIFs.

                    3 votes
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                    • Make InDesign be able to import/Export comments from/to PDF

                      I want to be able to get the comments from PDF into InDesign so that I can easily incorporate/respond on the comments from people.

                      87 votes
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                      • PDF format that edible in Indesign

                        PDF format that edible in Indesign, like photoshop and illustrator, so i can preview my work and edit in the same file

                        4 votes
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                        • 3 votes
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                          • Form Field Calculations in InDesign

                            With InDesign's form tools, we're missing the ability to add calculations to form fields in InDesign, and that task must be done manually in Acrobat.

                            To start, I'd like to be able to build simple calcs into my InDesign forms. Example:

                            And expense report has a form field for each day of the week, and then a total for all of the days. Would like a simple summation calc that I could use for rows of fields or columns of fields. Or both!

                            Another example: multiplication of quantity times price. Or multiplication of 5% sales tax on an amount field.

                            21 votes
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                            • 2 votes
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                              • Data Merge - allow "export to PDF" to have all features of regular PDF

                                When using the data merge function of InDesign, it is currently not possible to export to a PDF with the same functionality as exporting a PDF from a regular document - several checkboxes such as "Create Tagged PDF" and include hyperlinks are greyed out. I've written a much more detailed article about it here: https://colecandoo.com/2016/12/17/data-merge-pdf-export-vs-regular-pdf-export/

                                3 votes
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                                • Media Panel - PDF options of Video playback

                                  Would be good if you could have more control over the behaviour of a video once output to PDF.

                                  Currently all videos properties are set to "disable Content is selected from the context menu"
                                  As a result I then have to edit each video property individually in acrobat DC to set it to
                                  "The page containing the content is closed"

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Individual PDFs - prefix page number

                                    Thanks for the new export to individual pages!!! Would it be possible for the page number to be a prefix? My InSite provider wants the page numbers in the front of the file name. Perhaps it could be an option along with suffix?

                                    Otherwise I'm stuck batch renaming all my files before uploading which is just adding another step to make a mistake.

                                    Thanks.

                                    7 votes
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                                      • Export PDF Booklet

                                        Instead of having to do "File>Print Booklet" and hassling with making a post script file and making a PDF from that (which doesn't ever seem to work the right way for me) there should be an option to export a booklet PDF. So many of the printers I work with request a booklet PDF and it would make everything so much easier if there was this option.

                                        19 votes
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                                        • Abbreviations & Acronyms PDF accessibility

                                          There is currently no way tag either abbreviations or acronyms in InDesign.

                                          Having spent an entire day entering expansion text for the phrase "Title IX" in Acrobat because I couldn't properly prep the document in InDesign, I'm now dreading and future revisions.

                                          Please beef up the accessibility options in InDesign, including the ability to tag both abbreviations and acronyms.

                                          7 votes
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