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  1. Show Hidden Characters

    When you have "Show Hidden Characters" turned on, we don't really need to see the hidden characters of the type that's on the Master Pages.

    The reason I'm asking that is that with this option turned on, it interferes with my ability to read small type that's on the Master Pages.

    I mean, if I'm looking at a Master Page, sure it could be on, but if I'm looking a the regular pages with that feature turned on, I usually don't need to see those hidden characters of the type that's on the Master Pages.

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  2. Type scaling

    I'd like to see a type scaling feature added to paragraph styles. When the project allows it I prefer to set up a "body" style and then base most of my copy styles on this one. Currently I make different header styles proportionally larger but if I ever need to change my body copy size I have to go back and change all the other head styles to match. It would be nice to set body to 10pt for instance, then set head 1 to 150% and head 2 to 125%. This would make head 1 15pt in reality and…

    2 votes
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  3. custom tracking/kerning display option (Preferences/Composition) could show varying degrees of shading

    it seems to me that a previous version of ID had this feature: under Preferences/Composition, when "custom tracking/kerning" was selected, the paragraph shading was of different degrees (lighter to darker) depending on the tracking level selected

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  4. paste without formatting

    Shortcuts: I am saddened that the paste commands have been changed around. Paste Without Formatting has lost its shortcut status and replaced with Paste In Place (in line with Illustrator); Paste Into has become Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V (previously Paste In Place). This might make sense to align with Illustrator but I use the Paste Without Formatting option a lot of the time. The previous Paste Into (Ctrl+Alt+V Windows, Ctrl+Option+V Mac) now appears to be free - could this be the new Paste Without Formatting?

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  5. Multiple footnote groups/storys on one story.

    It would be very useful if it is possible to have 2 [or more] footnote groups on 1 story.

    For example, I have a main text, then there are 2 commentary texts, that both are linked with numbers [like footnotes] to the main text; & they are separately numbered & in separate frames.

    Would be amazing!!!

    2 votes
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  6. Highlighting different anchor point of anchored objects to differentiate them from each other

    My team uses a lot of anchored objects within tables etc and sometimes it becomes difficult to know which object belongs to which anchor point. Would be great for there to be a way to highlight when you select an object, which anchor point it belongs to. Maybe by changing the colour?

    4 votes
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  7. I want to be able to search for an empty cell in a table, and able to add the cell icon (square) in a search..

    I want to be able search for the cell icon in a table or an empty cell.

    Sometimes I have to search for empty cells in tables and replace them with an en dash to show that they are intentionally empty.

    When you have over 70 tables in each book it would be really helpful to be able to search for an empty cell.

    And sometimes I need to search for characters that appear all over the document but I only want to find the ones in a cell, so being able to specify that icon in a search would…

    1 vote
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  9. Custom Tagging/Grouping Filter for Fonts

    I'm posting this in InDesign, but the implementation may be easier as a Cloud feature so that it would be viable through all the Adobe programs that heavily use font (Photoshop/Illustrator/InCopy/etc.)

    I'd love the ability to add custom tags to my fonts that are personalized to my individual account, and the subsequent ability to filter fonts by my tags.

    Example: I might tag several fonts that I purchased a license for only a specific client under their name (PrivateCo). I might also tag several different fonts I received from a client to do a marketing campaign for under their name…

    3 votes
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  10. Bring back newly activated fonts

    Since updating to Indesign CC 2018, we can no longer use newly activated fonts. I have to restart Indesign after each time I activate a font. Please fix!

    2 votes
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  11. Option to globally reverse paragraph direction in a multipage document from left to right or right to left..

    In a multipage document, a reverse layout option reverses only page layout and not each paragraph of the documents. It would be great if we have a globally reverse paragraph direction in a multipage document from left to right or right to left. This would help in translating left-right paragraph based language into right-left paragraph based languages. Also, it would save a lot of time on the InDesign user to flip each paragraph manually.

    3 votes
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  12. Indents without first line indent

    Would be great if you could change the indent feature. Right now, if you use the indent function, it also gives the first line an indent. It would be better if you could add an indent in the paragraph style without affecting the first line of the body copy.

    2 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Kerning Issues Between Text and Tabs

    A detail about kerning/tracking that seems to have slipped through the cracks: how text and tabs interact with each other in Indesign.

    I noticed this while doing fillable forms with underscores. The space after the type wildly varies in distance, and from what I can tell, there is no way to automatically or manually adjust it. I tried switching kerning between manual and optical, with no results. I tried manually adjusting the kerning, which doesn't affect it either. The spacing seems to be related to the length of the text.

    A visual example:
    Address
    ZIP code
    _

    A future feature…

    3 votes
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  16. allow customers to choose a default font when opening new documents.

    our organization uses a style guide of fonts that does NOT include Minion Pro. We would like to be able to customize our new documents with our font of choice

    2 votes
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  17. Paste Variable text

    In Find/Change have an option to paste a variable. I will often search for a word and then need to paste a variable. Currently I have to right-click the results, choose Insert Variable, and then choose the variable.

    Do that 10 times when a writer forgets to use a variable, replace all would be great.

    2 votes
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  18. Separate text into different boxes in one stroke

    We've all been handed a huge text file and asked to create a new document. From the sub par word processing program it came from, we begin the mind numbing process of cut/copy/paste.

    You can cut headers, sub headers etc. and paste them into their own text box. But when you have to do it five hundred times, it's awful. And no, reflowable text is not the solution.

    What if you could drag a selection around the text you needed to be separate and it would "snap" into it's all new, very own text frame? eh?

    pretty please?

    3 votes
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  19. Ignora contorna con testo

    Buongiorno, rilevo che quando copio un oggetto da un documento ad un altro (Ctrl+c Ctrl+v) viene persa l'impostazione "ignora contorna con testo".
    Necessito di una soluzione.
    Grazie

    Good morning, I notice that when I copy an object from one document to another (Ctrl+c Ctrl+v), the "ignore wrap with text" (https://helpx.adobe.com/it/indesign/using/text-wrap.html) setting is lost.
    Needed a solution.
    Thank you

    2 votes
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  20. 10 votes
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