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  1. Conditional Text Shortcut

    There are lots of Conditional Text requests, but simply the ability to assign keyboard shortcuts to text conditions would be a huge time saver!

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  2. Full-width space is treated the same as Kanji

    I've been using InDesign in a Japanese environment and have long been frustrated by the lack of distinction between kanji and double-byte spaces.
    When you want to select consecutive Kanji by double-clicking (or command + → etc.), adjacent double-byte spaces (0x3000) will be selected together.
    When you receive an unsatisfactory text manuscript, double-clicking a wasted double-byte space will select the adjacent kanji together.
    I can't imagine the single benefit of this specification. It's just inconvenient.
    I would like you to improve this.
    I hope you will get the approval of everyone. Thank you.

    <Japanese>
    私はInDesignを日本語環境で使用していて、漢字と全角スペースの区別がついていないことを長年不満に思っています。
    ダブルクリック(あるいはcommand + →など)で連続した漢字を選択したいとき、隣接する全角スペース(0x3000)が一緒に選択されてしまう。
    美しくないテキスト原稿を受け取ったとき、無駄な全角スペースをダブルクリックすると隣接する漢字まで一緒に選択されてしまう。
    この仕様について、ただ1つのメリットも想像できません。ただ不便なだけです。 …

    12 votes

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  3. Variable font deactivation

    Please, made possible to deactivate the variable font family loaded by default.

    1 vote

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  4. Data merge and type formatiing

    We data merge price tickets for retail from excel into InDesign. It would save so much formatting time if you could change the data merge fields 'case'.
    For example: could I change a data merge field to Sentence case, or Title Case etc? I know the feature ALL CAPS works but that's it?

    2 votes

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  5. Add more dictionaries to InDesign

    Please add hyphenation and spelling dictionaries for more languages.

    According to my quick research, many European languages are missing:
    Belarusian (millions)
    Flemish (millions)
    Serbian (millions)
    Macedonian (1,400,000)
    Basque (660,000)
    Luxembourgish (400,000)
    Icelandic (350,000)
    Kashubian (200,000)
    Faroese (66,000)
    Sorbian (55,000)
    Latin https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31959424-add-latin-dictionary
    ...

    If you can’t provide support out of the box, you should at least develop an easy and user friendly way to install custom dictionaries:
    https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/38014024-one-click-easy-install-for-hunspell-dictionaries

    The leading app should not ignore minor languages and should support them as much as possible. Missing dictionaries affect millions and millions of readers worldwide.

    It is not only about hyphenation, it is…

    3 votes

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  6. Convert Footnotes to Endnotes Feature


    1. please to remember my last selection. (Document or selection)

    2. please cancel one of the two 'ok' \ 'Done' windows after the replacement.

    thank you!

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  7. text. direction. button. Give it back.

    I have InDesign CC, I think it's multilingual, and now I have to do a layout entirely in Arabic. After a whole day of trying to work out how to do it I realized that the reason it was so difficult to change text direction from LTR to RTL is BECAUSE THERE IS NO MORE BUTTON (I used to accidentally activate it on my old photoshop, that is why I remember there being one)

    ANYWAY
    two days in and I still can't find the direction option ANYWHERE and at this point I'm royally ****** because I'm either too dumb to…

    2 votes

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  8. Text box

    Instead of having to click and dragging to make a text box you should be able to click just once to create a text box, like in illustrator.

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  9. Outline font in indesign

    When you outline font in indesign it should not adjust the stroke weight. Once you outline the font it should stay the same. Also add an expand feature would be nice in indesign so I don't have to keep jumping from program to program.

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  11. Restart footnote numbering flexibility

    Currently, regardless of whether the "Restart Numbering Every: ...." checkbox does nothing to force footnotes to continue across multiple, unthreaded frames. I would have thought that if you didn't tell it to restart, it would not and would continue to increment each time if found a footnote - but that is not the case. We have various footnote scenarios based on our different clients:

    For some, they want the footnotes numbered consecutively throughout their report. Others want it restarted with every major section. But these reports are complicated - hundreds of pages - and it is very inconvenient to thread…

    2 votes

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  12. Preflight profile to target certain problem fonts

    Would be nice to have a preflight profile or be able to customize a preflight profile to target certain fonts that are used in linked pdfs from customers. We Use Enfocus to process art and whenever Customers use Free or unlicensed versions of a certain font it causes Enfocus server to crash. Identifying these fonts when first placed in indesign would save our designers and printers time and many headaches. I do get warnings every once in a while, but it doesn't catch all of them. A preflight profile as a secondary check would be most helpful.

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  13. Hyphenation (H&J): Don’t break compound words except at hyphens

    Compound words should only be divided at existing hyphens when dividing words for line breaks.

    Example: “award-winner” should break only after “award-“ not as “award-win-ner”

    Other: “heart-stopping” can break after “heart-“ but never “heart-stop-ping”

    1 vote

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  14. Verwendete Absatzformate

    ... wie bei den Farbfeldern: „Alle nicht verwendeten [Absatzformate] auswählen“ als Option im Absatzformate-Fenster.

    Außerdem im 'Suchen und Ersetzen‘-Fenster (oder woanders) die Möglichkeit, ein angewendetes Absatzformat suchen zu können.

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  15. does variables in indesign support diacritic positioning?

    I have kept variables in my header like chapter name, and chapter number, but the diacritic positioning applied in chapter name is not supported in variables. how can i do that? its a big concern for me,

    pls help me out with this issue.

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  16. Transparency/opacity settings for paragraph shading

    It would be nice to have transparency/opacity settings for paragraph shading. In certain designs, it would be nice if paragraph shading worked a lot like a frame fill that you can control the transparency and blending options for the shading portion. This would be applicable to borders as well. Right now, to get the semblance of semi-transparency, you have to apply it to the whole frame, but you may just want the shading and no other elements to be affected.

    6 votes

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  17. Link Font Size with Leading

    As someone who is often laying out text in large booklet type documents, I often need to adjust text and leading on text to visually suit the design Im working on. An annoying function Ive run into (definitely not the end of the world) is that if I may need to adjust the size of the font and the leading of it to suit what I need... If I then adjust the size of the text, the 'custom' leading size doesn't constrain to the size of the font as you increase it.

    This would be an awesome feature to be…

    2 votes

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  18. Multiple footnotes using different numbering schemes

    Sometimes an author would like to only have footnotes, but use one set for explanations and comments, and another set for source references. This isn't possible, but would be very useful for indie authors wishing to create complex books.

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  19. Being able to move the footnotes into any block on the page

    This would enable you to have a sidebar of footnotes, rather than classically at the bottom

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  20. Transparency Option for underlines

    I would like to see an option to control not only the color of underlines, but also its transparency.

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