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  1. Track changes for anchored stories automatically

    When you turn on Track Changes for a story, you have to remember to also click inside any/all anchored stories and turn on Track Changes individually for them as well. I think it's a given that when you're tracking changes to a story, you want to track changes to all "child" stories as well. This should happen by default.

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  2. Obsessive Compulsive Feature - Text averaging for scaled text boxes

    When scaling a text box and contents the final type size ends up with sizes with super detailed decimal places; e.g 12.345pt

    arrrrgh!!

    Don't you realise that many designers are OCD inclined? Whole size text numbers help us feel good. Please don't ask why.

    Suggest a scaling preference that allows users to round-off scaled text to nearest desired text increment, e.g nearest whole number or No of decimal places.

    :-)

    3 votes
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  3. I'd like a feature like the Format Painter in MS Word.

    I inherited a ton of files from someone who apparently did not like to set up styles. If an edit comes in, and, for example, I have to add a new subhead, I have to go back and look at all the formatting of the subheads to create a new one, then make all those same choices, since there's no style sheet created. Would be great to just click on one of the existing subheads, click on a format painter icon, and click on the new type for the new type to take on the format of the existing type.…

    3 votes
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  4. Threading Text

    Add an option for threading text that once you've started the process you can just click ANYWHERE in the box to keep threading. It's very difficult to find that tiny red box in the corner when you want to thread 30+ boxes.

    3 votes
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  5. Put "Text Frame Options" and "Text Wrap" under the Type Menu!

    Put "Text Frame Options" and "Text Wrap" under the Type Menu!

    3 votes
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  6. Shadow-Effect for Text

    Please make it possible to give only seperate words a Drop-Shadow

    2 votes
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  7. Symbol for automatic hyphen in Find/Change

    It would be great, if we could search for words, that are hyphenated automatically at a specific position (I do not mean discretionary hyphens, but those, created automatically from InDesign’s hyphenation module). Therefore a special search character would be useful.

    1 vote
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  8. Autmatic High of Textframes and Tabel-Cells in steps/on grid

    If a textframe has an automatic high, is dos not fit on the grid. it would be nice, when there would be the option "fit on grid" or/and "in steps of XX mm". The same probelm is in Tabels, when in one cell the text get lmultiline.

    2 votes
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  9. Allow paragraph shading to end at each line without forced line break

    Allow a ragged paragraph highlight without having to hard return at the end of each line to do it

    9 votes
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  10. Allow manual reordering of Conditions

    In all the other panel, we have the ability to sort by name, and arrange the items within groups. But the Conditional Text Panel sorts exclusively alphanumerically.

    I would like a way to sort Conditions manually, and to group them into parent-child relationships. Like this: https://indesignsecrets.com/finally-conditional-text.php

    I also like how InDesign allows us to highlight pages, so we can view them more easily. I want the same feature for Conditional text.

    1 vote
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  11. Hiding system fonts or warning about using them

    Add system fonts in the unauthorized fonts of the preflight panel.
    I work in the IT department of a press group; our users work on Mac, but we use a Windows InDesign Server solution to process PDF’s. Our users are warned that they should use only OTF fonts but some of them ignore these warnings.

    The other solution would be to be able to hide system fonts in the font dropdown menu.

    2 votes
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  12. Native language hyphenation

    My German client would love if their words broke naturally not at random bits of words, similar to how shows the proper place for word breaks: www.silbentrennung24.de

    5 votes
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  13. Add ability to define text sections

    There could be a panel much like the conditional text panel, which allows you to define and name text ranges/sections, which should be stackable.

    Thinking of HTML/XML/EPUB export of content, you are then able to feed the sections into div containers (<div class="sec1"><h1>Blabla</h1><p>blablablablabl</p>...</div>).
    Nowadays such containers, which you must have according to the DTD/Schema or Website the content will be published after print publishing, have to be added by hand or with tricky XSLT programming.

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  14. A cross paragraph word count

    A system by which one could simply and easily find out the total number of words in the document.

    6 votes
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  15. When you highlight text - then select something else - it would be really cool if the same text was selected when you went back to it

    When you highlight a block of text - then select a different element - it would be really cool if the text was highlighted when you went back to the text box and selected it.

    2 votes
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  16. monospaced fonts! the ability to make any font a monospaced font (especially for numbers so phone numbers line up on business cards)

    monospaced fonts! the ability to make any font a monospaced font (especially for numbers so phone numbers line up on business cards)

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