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  1. Save workspaces

    I just got a new machine and have no access to my previous saved workspaces. Seems like a pretty basic feature to have, and a timesaving one.

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  2. Display progress bar for long operations

    When working with a big document, there are many operations that take a very long time. For example, generating a TOC, deleting pages that cause text to reflow, etc. Tasks that happen almost instantly with reasonably sized documents can take many minutes when we get into 500+ pgs.

    Currently we only see a spinning beachball (mac) when we get stuck in a long task. There's no way to determine whether it's just going to take a long time, or if indesign is completely locked up. The system sees it as "application not responding," but a lot of times patience pays…

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  3. Add Rubber band for pen tool

    I would love to have the rubber band on the pen tool like Illustrator.

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  4. Trackpad zoom windows

    Seems really backwards that I cannot zoom in with my trackpad on windows. I mean, it works flawlessly in even Microsoft Edge. Just seems like something that was flat out forgotten.

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  5. Just change one word in the preferences of German InDesign!

    The German word "Textumfluss" is used two times in InDesign but with different meanings:

    Within the preferences "Smart Text Reflow" is "Intelligenter Textumfluss".
    And then there ist the "Text Wrap" panel, which is named "Textumfluss" in German, too.

    So "wrap" gets the same translation as "reflow"? Noooooo! These are two different thing and should not be named the same!

    A better translation for reflow would be "Textumbruch", so please change just one word in the German preferences, from "Intelligenter Textumfluss" to "Intelligenter Textumbruch".

    It's easy to do: just five letters to change! One small piece of code. Done in a…

    10 votes

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  6. Workspace

    Please can there be an option to export a workspace, like Swatches and Paragraph styles? Every time with the new update, we have to take 30min to rebuild our workspaces. It would take so much less time to just load our workspace we are used to.

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  7. Workspace – Why can't Workspace preferences be applied to all devices?

    I currently use three (sometimes 4) Apple Macs in various locations around the country as I move from office to office. I understand the constraints re logging computers in and out of my account (no problem there), but why can't my Workspace preferences be shared amongst the computers? After all Adobe know who I am, they know what computer I'm using, they've loaded my CC libraries, surely applying my Workspace preferences to all of my devices by default, can't be that difficult?

    10 votes

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  8. Inline search filter for all styles panels and swatches

    Alle styles and swatches panels should have an inline search filter to narrow down large lists of styles (similar to the quick apply window and the layer panel in Photoshop).

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  9. Appearance Panel

    Illustrator has the Appearance Panel. InDesign should have it too. I want to have multiple fills, and strokes to be behind the fills.

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  11. Content aware fitting should not apply to placed images in a document

    'Content aware fitting' conflicts with checkbox 'autofill'-preference in application-bar.
    I assumed content aware fitting would only apply on newly placed images.
    When I want to relink an earlier placed image with content aware fitting 'ON' the relinked image is auto fitted in a way I don't want.
    The mention check-box would be ideal to let InDesign know I don't want to fit contant aware after the initial placing of content.

    9 votes

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  12. East Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, etc.) support for English and/or other Western languages UI

    Pls make East Asian language setting available for English and/or other Western languages UI.

    Sometime I work for East Asian customer and need to deal with East Asian language, but I still need English UI.

    Now I have to install and uninstall East Asian Version of ID when I want to use this feature.

    9 votes

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  13. A menu option for "Recent Templates"

    Opened documents only appear in the Recent File list if they are opened "as usual" or "as original". However, templates (and files opened "as copy") do not make it into this list. This means that when working with templates, you have to keep browsing to the right folder – per file first to retrieve the template, then to the folder where you want to save the copy.

    I don't think it's correct to add "copy" files to the Recent Documents list as it may lead to additional confusion. A new menu option "Recent Templates" would solve it all – especially…

    9 votes

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  14. Make it easier to reset preferences and/or clear cache

    There are so many folks reporting InDesign issues on the forum recently that are solved by trashing preferences and/or clearing the cache files. This is so easy to address in Photoshop—Prefs > General > Reset Preferences on Quit—and so many steps in InDesign. We have to determine the operating system, address how to show hidden files, etc. Can this please be added to Preferences?

    9 votes

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  15. I want a generic command to repeat the least command I executed. Like control-Y does in the much-hated MS Word....Saves time.

    I want a generic command to repeat the least command I executed. Like control-Y does in the much-hated MS Word....Saves time.

    I often wind up doing the same thing many times, like applying a char style or whatever. I want a keyboard shortcut to repeat whatever I did last.

    9 votes

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  16. Workspaces that save in relation to log in details

    You sign in to any Creative Suite programme using your Adobe log in credentials and it should populate that programmes UI with the layout you save it as.

    So no matter what version you work on, on any computer, Illustrator, Photoshop etc auto snaps into the layout you always use.

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  17. Workspace Sync across devices

    Have your Workspace for all Adobe applications saved in your CC account. Like many others, I work off and sign into more than 1 computer (3 in my case). It would be great if I'm signed-in and can see my saved workspace already allocated in the application. Instead of re-tweaking my Workspace manually on every device.

    Computers crash, major updates happen, and every-time we lose our settings, just a nice addition to add for the users.

    Thanks so much, keep up the good work.

    8 votes

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  18. Icon Localization for Asian Users

    I am a Korean user.
    The menu and description is well displayed in Korean.
    But why does the Japanese Hiragana 'あ' appear on the letter ratio icon and the lettering icon?
    Does Chinese users see that icon too?

    It seems that CJK version is using icons together while localizing.
    If Adobe respects each country's culture, I would like to change that icon to suit each country.
    (ex: '가' for Korean users)
    If that's difficult, I'd like to mark it with the alphabet 'A'.

    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/icon-localization-for-asian-users/m-p/11654932?

    8 votes

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  19. Re-enable new folder keyboard shortcut when saving/exporting

    In previous versions of ID when you saved or exported a file, you had the ability to create a new folder from the dialog window using the keyboard shortcut (cmd+shift+N). This stopped working sometime after the last couple of updates, but it still works when exporting/saving from Photoshop and Illustrator. It may seem like a small thing, but I spend a lot of time creating folders to export PDFs to and it's annoying to have to use the button now. Please add this back in a future update!

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  20. Scroll Bar Access

    Panels should not overlap the page vertical scroll bar. Instead they should snap on right side of the pasteboard [Offset the width of the scrollbar] allowing access to the scrollbar. saving you have to close panels

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