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  1. Keyboard shortcut for inserting Unicode glyphs

    Accessibility and other forms of automated publishing require the correct Unicode glyphs.

    These glyphs include punctuation, math/science symbols, foreign language characters, and bullets/symbols. In 2000, Unicode became the default character set worldwide across the technology industries.

    But we have no way to easily insert these glyphs into InDesign layouts. For example, if I need the math multiplication symbol rather than a lower case "x", I need to either scroll through the glyph dialogue box, or know beforehand the symbol's codepoint 2715 and type it into the Unicode field in the glyph dialogue box.

    Too slow! Especially when you have to…

    7 votes
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  2. Add unicode categories to the list of available GREP choices

    If you've ever had to write out a GREP code and weren't sure of the character, you can click on the @ to call up a list of known codes to choose from while in the find/change menu OR the GREP styles panel.
    However, there is a selection that is missing that GREP in InDesign is known to handle, and that is unicode categories:
    https://www.regular-expressions.info/unicode.html
    for example, if I type into the GREP find field - right now - the following code:
    \p{Zs}
    I know that InDesign's GREP will find all spaces except tabs and returns. However, this isn't an…

    12 votes
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  3. Please add a new feature is 'THE EQUATION EDITOR' in Adobe InDesign, it would be usefull

    PLEASE ADD A NEW FEATURE IS: THE EQUATION EDITOR.

    It would be very useful.

    Thanks & B/regards,
    Handjojo

    3 votes
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  4. Add Text Macros like in InCopy

    I create a lot of documents that have textual elements that are repetitive, like resumes that include a project description. When using MS Word, I use the Quick Parts functionality to capture that text and insert it whenever I need it.

    My company is just beginning to explore the InDesign/InCopy workflow, and I saw that InCopy has a feature much like Quick Parts, called Text Macros. I could really use this if it was implemented in InDesign as well. I have used Autocorrect for similar functionality, but I have never tried it with more than a few words at a…

    2 votes
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  5. grep queries on server

    being able to store queries on the server, so that the whole team has the same queries (esp. greps). Maybe 2 options, a userbased and a "application" based solution, just like the scripts?

    2 votes
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  6. Rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading

    At the moment there is no level of control for rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading. Please add that functionality.

    Thanks, René

    4 votes
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  7. Text Hotkey window tool

    A windowed tool that allows you to assign "Hot keys" to font styles where you could quickly edit text on the fly. The text hot key tool would have an activated switch so when its on, it applies your hot keys and when its off everything goes back to normal. This would mostly be used for references where authors names are italicized, body copy is regular and numbers are bold. I know it is similar to the eye dropper tool except you would be able to edit all at once rather than have to go back to each style. The…

    1 vote
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  8. Allow Optical Margin Alignment to apply only to punctuation.

    Optical Margin Alignment does a great job allowing quotation marks and hyphens to hang into the column gutters, but it also make characters like A, W, and T do the same, which is often too high a price to pay. Fix this by allowing an option it to only apply it to punctuation.

    7 votes
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  9. Text Box Auto Size Type

    I think we should have the ability to lock a text box so as we type in it, it automatically typesets the copy to always fit in the textbox.

    2 votes
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  10. Spelling & Grammer included in Preflight Report

    Would it be possible to enhance the prelight report features to include spelling & grammar checks so you could go through the report with page numbers references instead of having to click through each misspelt word individually .... for long documents this is a real problem as a lot of the instances of acronyms and named places currently get picked up which are not actually misspelt words ...

    Currently, this can be achieved with purchase of plugin suite from Mindstream - http://www.mindsteam.com/products/mindsuitepro/index.html

    2 votes
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  11. outline entire layer

    It would be great if there were an easier solution to outline your tekst. I think I have a solution that would be great in a workflow.

    It would be great if, in a indesign document, I could put all the text on one layer. Then, in the layer panel on the right, to right click the layer and convert all the tekst of that layer (throughout the whole document) to outlines!

    Obviously, you could duplicate the tekst layer and set it to don't pint so you always have a version of the text to edit.

    1 vote
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  12. Widows and Orphans - Adjustable parameters for "Balance Ragged Lines" feature

    Widows and Orphans - Adjustable parameters for "Balance Ragged Lines" feature

    I layout brochures for conferences, and being able to adjust all my paragraph styles so that the balance ragged lines feature will allow me to set, if orphan then use 2 words.

    Right now i feel as if its balancing them by look and feel, not by actual word count.

    i am aware or GREP etc, but could never get it to work properly (Granted i an novice in using them)

    2 votes
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  13. export all the text to word

    Would it be possible to add a function to export all the text of all blocks, chained or not, from a document in one go to word.
    I make directories and my clients always want to recover the text once the published directory to make their changes for the next issue.
    Thank you

    1 vote
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  14. Create linked text boxes and assign different colors for text in each text box.

    Hello,
    I would like to be able to create linked text boxes and assign different colors for text in each text box. The linked text boxes can have different background colors. You can create it manually by selecting text and changing its color, but what if an editor removes or adds a paragraph? If in box A background was white and text was black, and in box B background was black and text white, then if a paragraph in box A was removed, text from box B (white) will move to box A and will become invisible in box A…

    1 vote
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  15. Diagonal strike through text

    Please allow designers to use diagonal strike through text.

    Designer should be able to ...
    - Set the trike through line for single a text selection
    - Define this in a paragraph style
    - Use it as a property in a script
    - choose a direction (top left to bottom right / Bottom left to upper right)
    - define a line thickness and color
    - choose to only display a part of the line below and on top of the text

    Thanks

    12 votes
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  16. Auto resize text

    When overset text is encountered, have the option to resize the text to fit the frame.

    1 vote
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  17. Can you please fix the font scrolling issue? When scrolling through fonts it jumps back to the top of the font list

    Can you please fix the font scrolling issue? When scrolling through fonts it jumps back to the top of the font list. It never used to do this in previous versions.

    14 votes
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    The fix for this issue is now available in the latest update (14.0.2) of InDesign 2019.

    If you are unable to see the update notification, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.
    Once the update button is shown against InDesign, click on the button to update to Id 14.0.2.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    The list of fixed issues can be found at: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html


    Adobe InDesign team

  18. Show number of occurrences in Find/Change

    It would be great if in the Find/Change panel, when you look for something, InDesign tells you the number of occurrences that search appears in the document (in a similar way Microsoft Word does in the Find Panel)

    3 votes
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  19. No scroll options in Font menu

    Please, add a scroll bar and/or scroll wheel/page down/page up options and maybe start typing font name desired to functionality in the font menu in InDesign CC PC versions! Painful at best without these options.

    1 vote
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  20. type measurement units

    I choose inches for my units. It used to be, that even when I did this, type units were always in points... specifically space before and space after paragraphs. Now, they display in inches. I know I can type in "p8" and it will convert... but I need to SEE it in points, rather than having to change my units every time I need to see this. I thought that previous versions also had, in preferences, units specifically for Type. I would like this feature back.

    1 vote
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