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  1. Object style frame fitting: add 'align towards/away from spine'

    This feature very useful for paragraph styles, for aligning type on facing pages on a spread. Would be equally useful for objects, so can align images towards/away from spine

    7 votes
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  2. Links panel - use arrow keys to view each linked file's attributes

    Often in large documents i like to check the attributes (ex. color space, effective PPI, etc.) of each linked file in the "Links" panel before packaging everything for the print company. Would be really nice to be able to use the arrow keys to move up and down this list instead of having to click on each file individually.

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  3. Convert graphics from RGB to CMYK

    I use InDesign for a lot of print layout, and often graphics used/supplied (stock, photographs, etc.) are in RGB format. But for print I need these in CMYK format, and since ideas for which graphics to use and layouts change often before finalization I wait until the final OKs are given before converting graphics to CMYK.

    The way I see this working is through the "Links" tab, although perhaps it could be done through the "Package..." function. In the Links tab, it would give me the option of right-clicking an RGB file and within that popup menu give me the…

    7 votes
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  4. History and Layer Linking

    Add a history palette, as well as, the ability to link items in the layers palette like Photoshop does.

    6 votes
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  5. Please make the text size in panels bigger.

    It is hard to read the headings and the small instructions in the panels. It would be great if you as a user could adjust the size. not only the size of panels (when you drag to make it bigger) but also of the tect inside of the panels.

    If this alternative already excist please give me a hint.

    6 votes
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  6. Please add "expand stroke" option

    I do a lot of drawing in Indesign and often need to "expand" strokes. This feature exists in Illustrator and I use it frequently, but the round-trip is cumbersome and time-consuming. Please bring this basic feature over to ID.

    6 votes
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  7. Column rules

    I think Column Rules in the Text Box dialog would be a winner. Easily add a vertical rule to left, right and mid gutter.

    6 votes
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  8. 'Fixed width' option for paragraph rules and styles

    Hi There,

    There's a long history in the forums for this request; Fixed width and alignment for paragraph rules.

    See attached; Need a dropdown option to select 'Fixed width' and then length and alignment options.

    Also need this carried over to paragraph styles.

    Cheers

    Ben

    6 votes
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  9. data merge multiple records: right to left

    A right to left option when putting multiple records per page. Useful when printing backs of tags, etc.

    6 votes
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  10. Add "transform" to images

    Would speed up my work if i could transform images (free, perspective warp, ...) in InDesign and not only in Photoshop.

    6 votes
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  11. Enable Animated/Scrubby Zoom

    Add the animated/scrubby zoom feature for PC users--it's time. It's ridiculous Photoshop and Illustrator has it, but not InDesign? Since Mac users are given tools PC users don't have, perhaps Adobe should discount our subscription fee.

    6 votes
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  12. Links panel: Place time

    In "Links panel" we already have the option to add or change the columns displaying usefull info about the linked object. Choosing "Place Date" is an option to show the date when the object was placed.
    Now... it would be neat if, in addition, the column could show the "time" as well.

    6 votes
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  13. "Ignore Text Wrap" checkbox in Toolbar / Accessible in Quick Apply

    1. A box in the Toolbar to check "Ignore text wrap" - for this box; And either/or make the command accessible in the quick apply list.

    2. I find that I am doing this a lot to play around with designs to adapt - or not - to a image run-around. I don't want to have to find if there is a shortcut that might address this or a script.

    6 votes
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  14. Pattern support

    I am surprised pattern support has not arrived for InDesign yet. I would like to be able to pick a repeating pattern or drop a png of a pattern in and select to repeat it vertically and/or horizontally within a frame.

    6 votes
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  15. "Update Table of Contents" in right click context menu?

    Off course after right clicking inside TOC text.

    I don't know, why it isn't there already...

    6 votes
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  16. Selecting individual cells across rows & collums

    Just like with Excel, it would be great to be able to select individual cells with something like holding the command/control key instead of only being able to select one cell or cells on the same row.

    6 votes
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  17. Resize Document including Content

    I know Liquid Layout, but I would love to have something simpler:
    If I resize a document, I would like to have the option to have the content be resized by the same percentages.

    We often have to change the measurement of documents to accommodate different printing requirement. What we do now, is export a pdf and import it to a new document with a script. PDF ist resized proportionally on placement.

    6 votes
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  18. Frame / Cell strokes and border-radius more like CSS

    As an extension of the idea 'Allow different coloured/weight strokes for sides of a text box' - I would like this to apply to table cells as well.

    I use InDesign to do high-fidelity web UI mockups. It would be really nice if there were more options which corresponded directly to CSS.

    What we would need is the ability to set a per-object or global equivalent to "box-sizing: border-box", so that stroke weights don't add to the size of a table cell, but always render aligned to the inside.

    Secondly, give regular text frames the same editing ability as table…

    6 votes
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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…

    5 votes
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  20. Absolute page numbers as a text variable

    I propose adding "Absolute Page Number" as a text variable. Similar to Last Page Number, "Absolute Page Number" would allow the document creator to place the absolute page number of the layout onto a page while also using another page numbering system (sections, roman numerals, etc.).

    With long documents now both being used in whole or separated into parts by clients, this would allow InDesign users to fulfill the issue of having a page carry two numbering schemes at the same time.

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