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  1. A facility to tell what settings are 'inherited' from another style

    I think it would be beneficial to be able to quickly identify which properties in a cell style etc. inherit from a parent style.

    If you look at my child.png , it is "Based On" parent.png. However, you can't see in the child what settings have been "learned" from the parent. It would be nice if the inherited characteristics appear with a light grey background or a little star or something suitable to distinguish them from the edits that are child-specific.

    In my case, how this situation caused minor confusion is that I had "no idea" why the background fill…

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  2. Remove the page "drop shadow"

    Remove the page "drop shadow". It's confusing to see the thicker black border on the right and bottom of the page. Is it a locked element? No, it's part of the UI! Why? What is it trying to be?

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  3. Compare Indesign Documents

    @Adobe:
    I often have to deal with INDD documents which seem to be identicaln but ofte there is a small veraiation. It would be super cool if there´s a function directly in InDesign like in Acrobat to compare 2-3 documents side by side.

    cheers Aleks

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  4. Please please please make Rich Tool Tips optional!

    Please please please make Rich tool tips optional.

    If you of any reason at all as an advanced professional user of Indesign has to reinstall Indesign these Rich Tool Tips makes you suicidal. Not to criticize anybody specifically but they are the most stupid thing and first and foremost totally useless.
    It actually makes you hate the software and the developers.

    And i would rather like to love you instead.

    It is an mental health issue basically. Because they linger on for far too long and occupies too much time and space when you actually tries to get the work…

    5 votes

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  5. Manage Recent Files List - It's useless if you run a Book operation!

    The Recent Files list gets FILLED UP with chapter files if I run a Book operation. All my other projects get pushed off the list, even though all I did was re-paginate a book. This makes the Recents list useless! Please fix this!

    The Recent Files list MUST BE MANAGEABLE if it is to be useful. Files get "touched" for very trivial reasons, sometimes just to look at something in the file. This results in an almost random listing of Recents. Please understand how a Recents list can be useful -- don't just blindly list files by "changed date".

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  6. 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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  7. Clear/erase "recent file" list.

    Untill the new open/splah dialog, the recent file list wasn't a problem.
    It was hidden into the File menù, and was almost impossible to see it.

    Now with the new open / splash screen everyone is able to watch the document you opened previously.
    In some occasion this is not that nice, especially if you work for someone and some of them competitors...

    It could be useful to introduce an "erase recent document" at the end of the list in the File->Recent file menu.
    As many other softwares has.

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  8. Indicator to show that there are locked objects on the page.

    There should be a small red lock-symbol somewhere to show, that there are locked objects on the page. It sometime happens, that I want to select and copy all objectrs to a new page or document and locked objects are missing there.

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  9. Show Ink Manager settings in the Swatches panel

    Show Ink Manager settings in the Swatches panel

    Whenever we use Ink Manager to convert spot colors to process colors (1) or define one spot color as alias for another (2), this should be visualized in the Swatches panel so whoever edits the INDD can immediately spot (ha!) that changes have been made and fix them if needed (instead of shedding tears over inexplicable output results).

    (1) Replace the spot icon by a “ink-managed” process icon that can be distinguished from the “native” process icon.

    (2) Replace the spot icon by the alias icon from the Ink Manager dialog.
    Make…

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  10. Annoying dialogs, option to “don’t show again”...

    Is there some universal way to turn off unnecessary dialogs?

    For example when I click to publish a document for online, I get an annoying dialog that says "Are you sure you want to update..." (see attached).

    Why is this dialog necessary? I can just re-publish if there was some mistake. It just slows things down. Some dialogs like this do have a "don't show me this again" option, but not here... why?

    In general, I find the plethora of "Do you really want to..." dialogs disruptive and unnecessary. Except for something critical, or something you can't undo, why do…

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  11. Fix the repetetive crashing that's been going on for 3 days


    1. See above

    2. Am losing a lot of time and some of my work.

    Please would you look into this. One app crashing every 15 mins. Am on Win 7 Pro, Indesign CC. Thank you.

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  12. Multiple find an replace

    How if you make 10 or 15 replacements at once? With replacing options each, or global replacing options, as a suggestion, the dialog is two columns, the left column contains the find text boxes, and the right column contains the replace text boxes. This will be GREAT and SAVES much time. Thanks Adobe Brains!

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  13. Glyphs accessing

    Just like MS WORD, to assign keyboard button(s) for a glyph that I use frequently and not accessible in my keyboard, the glyph palette is good, but in this case it is very awkward to use it. MUCH THANKS ADOBE BRAINS!

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  14. Allow file paths to be copied from the Missing Images pop-up window


    1. When creating a Merged Document using Data Merge, InDesign displays a pop-up window if it detects any images missing from the Data Source. The Missing Images pop-up window lists the file paths of the missing images. In older versions of InDesign, the file paths could be copied directly from the pop-up window. This is no longer possible with the latest version of InDesign.


    2. Being able to copy lists of missing image paths directly from the Missing Images pop-up window is valuable to me because I frequently use Data Merge to make merged documents containing tens of thousands of images. My…

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  15. New Larger, Horizontal Background Tasks Meter

    Please enlarge the Background Tasks Meter and make it horizontal in the Application Bar. It's hard to tell if anything's happening during PDF export, it's so small.

    It would be nice if it was an elongated meter or had the same basic info that the Background Task Palette shows when you click on it.

    Thanks!

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  16. Do not recalculate values entered into fields in other units

    When I enter a leading in mm, InDesign will always recalculate to pt. Please give us the possibility, that InDesign does not recalculate values entered in other units.

    Or at least give us the possibility to change the field value into different units. Now I have to blindly try out or use my calculator if I see a leading of »12,756 Pt« – is it 4,5mm or 4,45mm or what?

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  17. Option to open file path after PDF export

    Could the PDF export dialog box have an option alonside 'View PDF after exporting' for something like, 'View file in finder after export', so that I can really quickly send the file in an email.

    Or even 'Send file after export' so that I can super quickly flick the file off to our account managers?

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  18. Allow for selecting a set of Links for relinking, not just parent link or individual link

    https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/quot-how-may-i-select-multiple-links-for-re-linking/m-p/11682784?page=1#M407985

    Looking to perform "Select Multiple Link Replacement”

    Right now I can Re Link Parent Link (of ALL Instances) and change 1000 instances of an image.

    Right Now I can Relink ONE individual “Child” instance or ONE image at a time.

    But I cannot SELECT and RELINK Multiple Selected Links (example: 10 out of the 1000) SELECT instances of an image.

    The only way to presently do this is to highlight the 10 instances and then Relink them one by one where a dialogue box opens and requires me to repeat the link process and click OK all 10 times.…

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  19. separate document preferneces from application preferences

    Document related preferences should be accessible from "document setup" window, not from preferences panel.

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  20. InDesign forgets the maximized state of the window

    Windows 10 here.
    When working in inDesign, I'm maximizing the window. However, when closing InDesign and opening again, the window isn't maximized. I have to maximize again. Maximizing every time I start InDesign has became annoying.
    It's a simple programmer task to keep the last state of the window when opening the application again...

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