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  1. Include the 'Paste in Front' and 'Paste in Back' features that are already in Illustrator.

    Being able to paste in front or in back makes layout of overlapping objects a breeze. Everytime I have to cut and paste an object, I need to set the arrangement of the object. It becomes a pain when I have many objects on the same layer.

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  2. Outline stroke

    I think it'd be handy if you could draw a line and convert it to a shape, like in Illustrator.

    19 votes
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  3. Indesign Gradient Tool

    Please make the gradient tool in Indesign function the same as in Illustrator, it's fiddly, cumbersome and gives you nowhere near as much control. There's no reason for it not to function the way it does.

    18 votes
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  4. Swap graphics/images…

    I know it exists as a script BUT i've been waiting a loooong time to get a very basic SWAP function between 2 inDesign frames'content.

    Say I have 2 frames on a page, one contains image A, the other contains image B.

    I select the 2 frames, in object menu, I have one option (usually grayed out if 0, 1, 3 or more objects are selected) (+ same in contextual right-click menu).

    That option says "swap images" (in french "permuter les images").

    Everything in one frame goes to the other.

    That implies groups of items.

    That implies taking care of…

    18 votes
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  5. Different Size Columns

    Provide the option of having unequal column sizes, to provide a 2-1 ratio. This would give easier sidebar style layouts.

    17 votes
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  6. Hey Adobe, stop changing interfaces and ENOUGH WITH THE STUPID QUIPS. "When in doubt make a layout", "Let's design great graphics ...Really?

    Hey Adobe, stop changing interfaces and ENOUGH WITH THE STUPID QUIPS. "When in doubt make a layout", "Let's design great graphics today Brian", "Put your projects into focus today" ...Really? I use Adobe for my job, I am already doing these things, I dont need a fucking reminder from YOU to do my job. STOP IT.

    16 votes
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  7. when adjusting the stroke weight with the up/down arrow, make the selections go from 1 pt, to .75, .5, etc.

    right now, if i have a line selected, and use the stroke weight pales to reduce it, if i'm already 1 pt, and click the down arrow, it goes to zero pt. not helpful. it wold be great for it to go to the other increments in the list. i was kind of hoping it would be in the current version, but nah.

    15 votes
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  8. Place Photoshop artboards into InDesign

    We need to be able to place Photoshop artboards into InDesign.

    This should work similar to placing Illustrator artboards or placing pages from a PDF or another InDesign file.

    Thanks.

    15 votes
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    In backlog  ·  Anonymous responded

    Thanks for the info. This is indeed correct that since the various artboards come in as a layers the dimensions are of the entire document which can be problematic. Adding this to our backlog.

  9. Update links automatically

    Currently, when I want to update an image link that has moved, I copy the name of the image to be linked, then "update link" and paste the name of the link in the search field to find all instances on my system. This should be automatized with a function like "search and update" that allows you to then choose which version of the link you'd like (in case of duplicate names). As far as I know this doesn't exist yet.

    15 votes
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  10. Add an option to rasterize chosen graphic objects on export (especially vectors)

    Often we have to work with vectors, and often they take up a lot of space, which leads to the growth of the final PDF document and the slow rendering of the document in browsers. The trick with reducing transparency, when we make the selected frames 99% opaque and turn on the flattener, does not always give a good quality result and can cause stitching.
    I suggest adding the option "rasterize" to the settings of the style of the graphic frame, so during the export the vector object is replaced with a raster copy. The quality settings for rasterization can…

    14 votes
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  11. HEIF/HEIC

    Ability to import heif/heic files just like any other vector format (.ai, .pdf, .eps, etc.)

    14 votes
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  12. Outline Stroke

    Its 2019 and its not possible to convert a path into a shape like in illustrator.

    13 votes
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  13. Persistent Book Panel

    I use Book files often (INDB) and it is very annoying the way the Book Panel disappears from the UI when I close all open INDD files. I have to go to the Window menu and then to the bottom and choose my open Book file to get the Book Panel back. Please could you make the Book Panel persistent in the UI and remember the place that I docked it. That would save me time.

    13 votes
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  14. Easier way to restart endnote numbering

    Thanks for the new endnotes feature. Arrived just in time, as i had to do a book with two extensive sets of notes and was dreading the thought of having to do one set manually.

    But having to break the chapters into stories in order to restart numbering on the notes was rather a nuisance. I don't like having to break a book text into stories (creates too many opportunities for things to go wrong). How about creating a function that allows a number restart after a paragraph style? I would think that most users would want to restart each…

    13 votes
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  15. Implement Chart- and Diagramfunction

    Implement a Chart- and Diagramfunction based on a linked XLS.

    Reason:
    Technical Data for Products is often managed in XLS and Engineers create all kind of charts and diagramms directly in XLS.
    Unfortunately it is not possible to import those XLS-charts in InDesign! There are serveral solutions possible, e.g. via PDF, but these are only "dirty-tricks" and they are all not sustainable at all. In the best case the charts and diagramms look ugly.
    While it is possible to link/import XLS-Data, it should be possible to create charts and diagrams directly in InDesign, as Illustrator already does (similar, not nice…

    12 votes
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  16. Add a "View" option "a spread as single pages"

    My idea is to create an option in the VIEW panel, to see your spread as single pages, where they are broken apart and still on the left or right, but separated... Here's why...

    Amazon is becoming one of the largest online stores around. Their "create space" content uploader is requiring an interior bleed on your books. So if anyone wants to create a facing page spread in indesign, they will need to separate the pages into single pages so that they can work on making sure the graphics cover the bleed area as well as export properly since both…

    12 votes
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  17. Allow Open Office files to be imported

    Open office is a popular format but indesign doesn't have a filter to let them be imported. All our contributors use Open Office but the only way I can import them is to open them up, copy and paste - and lose all formatting. Not EVERYTHING has to revolve around Microsoft, surely?

    11 votes
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  18. Add "Blur" Panel (for all Elements like Boxes/Images/Groups) as in XD

    There should be an easy and time saving option to blur (0-100%) any elements in InDesign – just like the possibilities in Adobe XD. Especially for creating great web designs this would be a big benefit (more possibilities, less time).

    10 votes
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  19. InDesign Accessibility Checker feature

    I use Indesign to create ADA compliant documents. I constantly have to go between InDesign and Acrobat. It would be more productive if the accessibility features in Acrobat were included in InDesign. It would also be nice to have a built in color checker included in Indesign.

    Is there a plug in available??

    10 votes
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  20. Effects styles similar to Photoshop?

    For example, I have a better looking set of values for drop shadows besides the default. However I have to manually enter these in every time, no way to save them as a preset. It would be nice to at least be able to copy the saved style preset from an object to another, similar to the way you can in Photoshop.

    10 votes
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