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  1. Fast book export to PDF

    When you have a book with a lot of files inside (more than 100), the export to PDF takes a lot of time. The mouse stucks and it ist not possible to work effectively.
    Every day we are working multiple times with the book funktion.
    A new PDF Export will be very nice and very very helpful.

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  2. Ability to add alternate text to long hyperlinks

    One of the suggested techniques for complying with WCAG 2.0 AA is to provide alternate text for long urls so that screen readers read the alt text rather than the url when tabbing through. This can only be done in acrobat at the moment. Which means it has to be done every time a PDF is created. We regularly amend our files and have many documents with many long (2 line) urls so it is going to be very time consuming to do this every time we create a PDF. I appreciate one way round it is to have human…

    7 votes
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  3. Form Field Export Tags

    Form fields tags aren't exporting properly for tagged pdfs in the newest Indesign (13.0.1). The tags won't show up in the file therefore not allowing the pdfs to pass the accessibility checker. The only work around I'm finding is to re-install the 2017 CC, save the files out as an idml and reopen and export from there. There are no issues when exporting as tagged pdf from the 2017 CC.

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  4. How to export multiple InDesign files to PDF

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    How to export multiple InDesign files with different formats to multiple PDFs. Is there a Drag & Drop feature directly from InDesign documents to create PDFs in this way?

    7 votes
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  5. PDF Tag Preview

    PDFs have to be tagged properly for ADA compliance. It would be nice to be able to preview (in InDesign) what the tag structure will look like when exported to PDF. This would prevent having to return to the source file if there is inappropriate nesting of tags, incorrect tags, etc. This would be especially helpful with complicated (multi-level) lists.

    6 votes
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  6. Integrate PDF comments directly with Document Cloud 'Send for Review'

    Currently it's very effective to download a PDF from Document Cloud after using the Acrobat DC 'Send for Review' and then import the comments into InDesign using the PDF comments panel.

    It would be great to cut out the Acrobat round-trip and have InDesign export a file for review directly to Document Cloud, and then automatically add the reviewers comments back into the ID workspace.

    6 votes
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  7. Package file with Interactive PDF

    Make "Interactive PDF" an option when including a PDF in a package.

    6 votes
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  8. Allow export to BOTH pages AND spreads in the SAME export window.

    Allow export to BOTH pages AND spreads in the SAME export window.

    6 votes
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  9. Use layout name and custom text for export separate PDFs

    Would love to see the ability to type custom text in the suffix for export separate PDF. Also, would like to see the ability to add the layout name from the flyout menu, currently it's only "incremental numbers," "page number" and "page size."

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  10. Export a specific color separation directly to PDF without having to print to file first.

    Let's say you have a file that's CMYK plus one spot color (let's say Pantone 123). You want to create a PDF file for print that is only the separation of the Pantone 123 spot color. What I have to do now is create the color separation first by printing to file, then distill the resulting .ps file.
    Can there be a way to directly export the color separation by using Export to Print PDF?
    Maybe there is a way to do this already, but I have not been able to find any info online on how to do this.

    6 votes
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  11. Please allow for more than 1 inch of Offset for Printer's Marks when exporting PDFs

    Some vendors require more than 1" of bleed, especially on larger format layouts.
    Currently have to build layouts at reduced size to accomplish this.

    6 votes
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  12. Rework overhead size to reduce pdf file size

    Please fix the pdf file sizes created from overhead. For example, I think, this is created when a document has many tables (and cells) in it. I can create a text file, with zero pictures, no pixels, just vectors (the text), and the pdf proof (lowrez) size is huge! It should be about 800k, but it's at almost 10 megabytes! The only way around this is opening the pdf in acrobat and optimizing it to reduce it to the expected 800k size, which, sometimes, leads to text disapearing, but that's another issue.

    6 votes
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  13. Crop Marks In 100 Percent Black

    Please add the capability to produce crop marks in 100 percent black. In the 2019 printing industry, not having this feature accessible is mind boggling. While there may always be a need for offset printing along with crop marks in registration builds, to ignore the needs of the growing digital printing market is a grave oversight on Adobe's part. Print shops are losing enormous amounts of money in click rates by not being able to produce a true black and white side with crop marks. This especially affects four color over black printing.

    From 2013 to 2018, the digital printing…

    5 votes
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  14. Use the Articles tab to designate the reading order in a PDF

    When creating an accessible PDF, InDesign should use the Articles Tab rather than the Layers Panel to structure the Reading Order. It reads properly but once you check the accessibility, the "Reading Order" panel shows a MESS. It's based on the Layers Panel which is madness to try and re-structure when creating a large form with hundreds of form fields. The Articles Panel is needed to set the tab order anyway. This would make the most sense to me.

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  15. Empower Indesign "Books" to export PDF's that display perfect spreads between "chapters."

    PDF is the only way to view a complete "Book." But Indesign is designed only to generate single-page PDF's. That is fine for final output for print production, when one needs a single-page document. But it fails during the design process, when one needs to show the clients a whole book (with complex visual/verbal design) as spreads. What happens now is that a left-hand chapter-ending page will appear as a single page in a spread-displaying PDF. And the right-hand chapter-beginning page will appear as a single page. The internal pages of the chapter will display as spreads. The PDF looks…

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  16. Datamerge export as PDF/VT or other variable print file format (such as VPS)

    I use the datamerge function alot to create variable print products such as letters with names and address etc. I also use variable graphivs too. The problem is that when I have an 80,000 run the PDF files and ripping times are getting longer and longer. Ideally I want to be able to export as a PDF/VT file format or a VPS. This will mean that instead of sending the graphics 80,000 times to the RIP of the printer it will instead send the graphic once and the data and graphics are assembled as it prints. There are external plugins…

    5 votes
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  17. background tasks - interactive pdfs

    I'm trying to export documents to interactive PDF, the option is only available via File > Export and seems to force the process into the foreground.

    Please allow Interactive PDFs to be scheduled for creation via a background task so that I can continue to work in other documents.

    I also support the concept of creating these via a toggle on/off option as per:
    https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/37167682-background-task-toggle-on-off

    5 votes
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  18. More error information when exporting to PDF

    Problem Description: There are some times when exporting to a PDF, the dialogue box will show there is an error which results in no PDF being created. That is all the information we get and therefore have to guess what the problem is. Some more information would be useful.

    When exporting an interactive PDF, I noticed that you get far more information when the PDF is being created.

    If we had this information added to the Background Tasks when exporting a normal PDF, it would give us a clue what page is causing the problem.

    I've attached a screenshot to…

    5 votes
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  19. 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…

    5 votes
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  20. Movies in interactive PDF

    MP4 files that work everywhere in interactive PDFs would be so big. You’d own the world, dude.

    This has to be on top of a list somewhere, it ain’t rocket science to understand how important this is. Buy someone or something, just get it done.

    5 votes
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