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  1. quad center

    Quad centre
    E.g.
    left aligned text centre aligned text right aligned text

    Presently, you can do:
    left aligned text right aligned text
    but not centered text in the middle

    There are various work-arounds to do this now but all are clumsy.
    WordPerfect has done this for at least 35 years.

    1 vote
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  2. Reset option for object shift in flow text

    When placing an object in flow text, for instance a small image, the object can be shifted up and down with the mouse pointer to adjust its position in relation to the text. That position is nothing that has a corresponding value in any toolbar so it can't be reset. Would be nice to have a reset button for it or use the text shift up/down value also for objects.

    1 vote
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  3. index tag with formatting

    Make it possible to insert character formatting (italics, superscript, character style sheets) within the tag for the index.

    2 votes
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  4. We need much more comprehensive word/character counts functionality

    We need much better support for word counts than simply selecting some text or an active story and getting feedback on it through the info panel.

    As others suggest, we need support for Books, entire documents, I want to know how many words are in tables, footnotes, how many words are duplicated from master pages, give me a breakdown of words by style/font/colour so that I can use these parameters to easily subtract them from a count.

    Pretty much like Illustrator when nothing is selected can give you a breakdown of information document wide, and then specifics when you select…

    1 vote
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  5. some difficulties when typing Hebrew and English text in same paragraph or line

    the comma always moves at the wrong position than placed.
    see this video where i describe the problem

    8 votes
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  6. Option to set Paragraph border align to text frame edge

    In the paragraph border options we can set the top edge, bottom edge and width to text based parameters but it would be useful to be able to set these to align to the text frame edge.

    Especially useful when running multiple text frames up against one another in a loosely tabular format but when you don't actually want to be bound by the restrictions of a table.

    1 vote
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  7. Color-code GREP styles

    Hello, InDesign team.

    Please consider allowing users to assign a color to each GREP style, which would be applied as a highlight to text affected by the style. The highlight would, of course, be on-screen only, like the existing highlights for composition problems etc. This would be a quick way to ensure that the style is matching the correct text, without doing what I do now (which is to manually add a color highlight into the definition of each GREP style and then remove them later). Especially helpful for GREP styles whose effect is subtle. Characters affected by multiple GREP…

    4 votes
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  8. Ability to create a custom Glyph

    I need to insert in text symbols that appear on products - I have the symbols as an image which can easily be converted into bitmap/eps or whatever is needed in Photoshop.
    It would be nice to be able to great a custom Glyph set and create your own library of regularly used symbols - I have about 200 of them from the technical writing I do. Inserting them and getting them to "stay put" is very time consuming and it would-be much easier if they worked just like putting in a symbol from a wingdings font or similar. It…

    1 vote
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  9. A way to extract font and text styling from an image

    There should be way to capture styling information from an image. It will be helpful to find out and use the font and other kind of text styling used in an image.
    This way I'll be able to save information from an inspirational image for later use in my design.

    1 vote
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  10. Option to add Conditional Text to Paragraph/Character Styles

    Would be extremely useful if you could automatically add a condition by applying a paragraph or character style (via data merge or an external Data Management System) to text without having to do a GREP find/change. Would make producing different versions more practical.

    2 votes
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  12. Make column rules continue in footnotes

    If you have a text frame with multiple columns and the footnotes split into columns, the column rules do not continue in the footnotes.

    5 votes
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  13. Keyboard shortcut to adjust paragraph indents

    I'd like to be able to quickly adjust the left, right, first and last line indents of my paragraph using a Quick Apply or a custom keyboard shortcut.

    I find it strange that it doesn't already exist, given the countless other basic adjustments available in the shortcuts panel.

    3 votes
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  14. We need "smart" title case in the change case menu

    We need smart title case, with prepositions and conjunctions not capitalized. It's ridiculous that a script or third-party plug-in is required. This is a publishing program! InDesign can create a table of contents—it should be able to do it correctly.

    3 votes
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  15. import PDF comments to include Text style

    I have cliënts that make comments in PDF. In these comments they add (or replace) text using the correct comment tools. But very often some of the added text needs to be Italic or Bold or ... So they use the Text Style feature in Acrobat to italicize certain words.
    But when importing PDF comments, these text styles do not show in InDesign. It would be great if this feature could be added.

    3 votes
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  16. Adding one additional tool to the tools panel to delete the object

    I am working with lot of icons and queries. While doing correction there are many objects should get delete, For that clicking every object and pressing delete button in keyboard takes more time. Instead if it is one dedicated tool is there so that I can click that tool when tool touches the object it delete the object without pressing delete button in keyboard. This option should work well even with anchored objects.

    1 vote
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  17. Highlight text

    While I know this can be achieved by creating a thick rule and offsetting it just right, the ability to highlight text with 1 click (like the underline button) would be a time saver.

    1 vote
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  18. Multi Select Words within text

    A feature long missing is the ability to select non continuous words within a text block. It seems like such an obvious need to me.

    Ie in the above text, I want to format the words - long, select, such and me - to be inbound or a different size, or caps. Unless I am mistaken, this would need to be done individually. Just like you can easily do in WORD!!!!!

    1 vote
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  19. Find

    Find searches for anything that is NOT the term. eg. Find NOT 12 pt will select text that is not 12pt

    2 votes
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  20. Deleting unused paragraph styles in one fell swoop

    I highly recommend that Adobe updates a feature to delete all unused paragraph styles in one fell swoop instead of a file by file case.

    6 votes
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