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  1. Please, please add the average horizontal/vertical line between to points to Indesign like Illlustrator has.

    being able to make a straight line between two points is so essential. this would make Indesign so much more user friendly.

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  2. Import Options for Place from CC Libraries (as there is for normal Place command)

    Place from CC Libraries command doesn't have Import Options like normal Place command has – so we can't choose whether or not the Background should be Transparent or not.

    FIX THIS. It's such a common function needed and it's still lacking after all these years since CC Libraries were introduced as a suggested defacto for storing, using and sharing common assets.

    What takes!?

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  3. Edit Description in Links Panel

    It would be great to have a the ability to edit the "Description" column directly in the links panel instead of having to click on every object and then "Object Export Options." Would save sooooo much time to be able to edit the alt text right from the links panel.

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  4. Snap to frame edges/layers

    In Photoshop, there are very robust options for snapping to guides, grids, layers, document bounds, etc. each of which can be turned on and off individually.

    In InDesign, snapping is much more limited and it is only possible to snap to guides. This means that whenever snapping is desired, guides must be created, which is an extra step that could be streamlined by expanding snapping options to be more like Photoshop.

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  5. Fit Page to Artwork Bounds or Selected Art

    In Illustrator, there are two very useful features in the OBJECT >> ARTBOARDS menu:
    --Fit to Artwork Bounds
    --Fit to Selected Art

    These automatically adjust the size of the artboard to either the outer boundaries of ALL the artwork on that artboard, or to the outer boundaries of the currently SELECTED artwork.

    I use this all the time in Illustrator. To my knowledge there is no equivalent InDesign feature that automatically resizes a PAGE to the artwork on it. This would be very handy

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  7. Object alignment to frame

    Can there also be an option in the Align window to enable embedded or grouped objects to align with their parent frame? The feature would be disabled by default for parent or objects that don't have any child (embedded or grouped) objects.

    The feature would enable users to align objects that are grouped/embedded to be aligned to the frames boundaries and horizontal/vertical centres, which would not be possible with current alignment options. It could also help users to align objects that have uniquely shaped frame boundaries.

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  8. A simple quick command for flipping and rotating objects

    I use the flip and rotate tool quick commands within illustrator all the time and am frustrated by all the clicking I have to do in indesign to do the same thing.

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  9. Conditional Text Automation

    Make Conditional Text more automated by either linking it with Character Styles, or utilizing the GREP Feature to globally tag text,

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  10. Center based on chosen Key Points

    The ability to align object to a key object is very useful, but it would be great if users could specify two key points and center a new object between them. For example, when you want an object to be centered between an existing object and the edge of a page, being able to say "Center this object between *this* point and *this* point".

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  11. I'd like a light gray pasteboard with a dark grey theme

    I'd like the option of a light gray pasteboard and a dark gray theme. I like the dark gray option, but I do not like the white pasteboard.

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  12. Illustrator views / layer visibility

    In Illustrator, one can create custom views, which store both pan/zoom information but also, crucially, layer and sublayer visibility information. Being able to choose among these views when importing an Illustrator file would be very useful – imagine turning 40-ish layers on or off manually.

    I frequently use different instances of the same Illustrator file in my InDesign work, with different Illustrator layers visible. The ability to use custom views would simplify this greatly.

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  13. Search in a text selection won't show

    It's really annoying that I select some text and I want to Find/Replace something in that selected text and I can't do that within the Find/Replace window. Is this a bug or is there another reason why I can't do this?

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  14. InDesign's own favourite 'edit original' software

    With the feature "edit original" in the context menu of images, InDesign opens the image in the OS-default software.

    I Think it would be handy to choose a different default edit-software for InDesign only.

    If i want to use this feature (especially with shortcuts) I have to set the default software for all images to photoshop (system-wide!). But I do not want to use Photoshop everytime as a default for every image, it's only necessary in InDesign.

    It would be great if I could set a default editing software in the settings of InDesign, in wich I can set the…

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  15. Change link names from links palette

    Sometimes we link to Illustrator or Photoshop files in a Guidelines document, which is a reference to that file as an asset, eg a logo.
    When lots of files are used in this way we often only then see that our files (links) are not names consistently. If we change the filename, then we have to relink everything.
    If we could simply rename the linked files from within the Links palette it would save a lot of time and frustration.
    This option could be dangerous for larger workgroups, but any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  16. More options when placing multiple images in a grid

    It would be great to have more options when placing multiple images at once (shift-command). Currently, the default is a 9x9 grid. What if we could change the default to whatever we wanted – one long row, for instace. And what if we could preset distances between the images and orientations? I'm asking because this tool isn't that functional, as I need to adjust the image box sizes after positioning. I don't always need a 9x9 grid, nor have 9 image. It would be a great time-saver for heavy-production projects, like image-intensive books.

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  17. Adjustable column guides in text frames

    Add the ability to adjust column guides inside text frames allowing for variable column widths within the text frame.

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  18. Convert Clipping Path to Frame for multiple objects

    There is a command, Object > Clipping path > Convert Clipping Path to Frame. This will read the clipping path in a placed image and convert it to a frame. The command only works when only one object is selected, If multiple images are selected and every one of them has a clipping path the command is selectable but has no effect. There is no reason for this limitation.

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  19. DataMerge icons/images inline into text frames

    Add the ability to put file paths for icons/images with text in a cell, so that the images are merged inline with the text in a text frame. For example "Here is some text and here's an @icon.ai" would merge the icon.ai file into the text.

    I know a lot of people who do work on card games using DataMerge, and this is the single most frequent request I get.

    Currently the way we get around this is by merging text with placeholders like "[icon]", then copying the icon to the clipboard and doing a find and replace [icon] with…

    4 votes
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  20. Custom Interactive Button Hotspots

    I would like the ability to customize the shape of the hotspot that appears on an object given the button function.

    For example, if I create an oval and convert it to a button, I would like to apply state changes when I rollover only on the shape of the oval. Currently we're limited to a 0/90 degree container that encompasses the entirety of the object.

    I'm unsure if this is a PDF format limitation.

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