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  1. Add Custom Commands with Custom Shortcuts to Keyboard Shortcuts Menu

    There are certain actions that I'd like to create shortcuts for, but the commands for them aren't listed in the Keyboard Shortcut Menus. For example, setting a keyboard shortcut for the various aligning objects. Aligning text is an option, though. Not what I need.

    Everyone's workflow is different. There are commands that I'll just never use. So, freeing up individuals with the ability to create custom commands, which can be suited to their unique workflow would immensely help individual/company productivity. Custom workspaces exist, custom keyboard shortcut sets exist, let's have custom commands too!

    4 votes
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  2. Animated InDesign icon in Apple Doc

    When I print documents on a laser printer using the menu item "Print", the InDesign program icon in the Apple Doc is animated. You can see exactly what the progress is with an animated bar. It would be great if this animated progress bar could also be seen when exporting to PDF. Also as the sum of all background processes. THANK YOU!

    3 votes
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  3. Story editor maximum line width

    It would be great to have a maximum line width, perhaps a maximum number of characters per line, for the story editor (in both InDesign and InCopy).

    This is most useful when writing when the story editor is docked on a large monitor. It seems to be best for readability to work with lines of 64 to 80 characters, and at the moment the text simply flows to the entire width of the window.

    The current behaviour could be available by setting the maximum number of characters per line to 0, for example. Also, I envision that if there is…

    1 vote
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  4. Galley view in InDesign

    It would be great to have galley view in InDesign, like the one already available in InCopy. This provides a way to work with the many features of the story editor while seeing line breaks within the text as they appear in the layout.

    1 vote
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  5. Select all hyperlinks including the nested ones

    I wish for it to be possible to select all hyperlinks at once, including the nested (multiple) ones.
    We have a lot of multiple hyperlinks in our books which get nested in the hyperlinks window. Since the hyperlinks are mostly placed through scripts I need to check if the links are around the correct words (for exhample in in-text citations like Rowling, 1997 the 7 isn't part of the link). I check them by selecting all hyperlinks, editing them and giving them a visual border and then switching through the whole book with GREP.
    My problem is: If I try…

    1 vote
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  6. 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…

    5 votes
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  7. Option to disable corner rotation widget

    Although the corner rotation widget is very practical, it gets in the way often, especially when working with smaller elements. Instead of resizing the item rotates.

    Therefore I would like to plead for an option to turn this corner rotation widget off. This way scaling / resizing becomes available better, zooming in and out will be reduced which is more efficient.

    1 vote
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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.

    5 votes
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  9. Show version number in Windows

    The version number is always visible in the top of the application window on MacOS since CC 2018. However it is not present in the Windows version of InDesign or InCopy.

    This is a great tool when you are troubleshooting and I would love to see it in the Windows versions as well.

    4 votes
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  10. Wait until I've pressed OK in Step and Repeat before popping up the "Out of Bounds" warning

    When using step and repeat, the first thing you enter is the Count. But the distance values are from the last transformation, so sometimes the value there and the Count you enter trigger the "out of bounds" warning when you press tab to exit the "Count" field and move on to the distances. Yes yes, I know, but I haven't had a chance to fill out the new distance yet.

    So I then have to tab over to the distances, adjust those, and shift+tab back to the count. Why must I get a popup stopping me when I haven't actually…

    1 vote
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  11. Don't activate name field of a highlighted style on first click

    Expected: I highlight several styles, click and drag them to the new position.
    Actual: I highlight several styles, click, but the click activates the name field of the style I have clicked on, meaning I can't drag them. I need to click again outside the name field to deselect the field, then drag them.

    This could be fixed by changing the behaviour slightly: activate the name field if you click on the text, but don't activate it if you click the blank space to the right of the name (allowing you to drag the order around on the first click).

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  12. Save dialog filename box width

    For the love of mercy, PLEASE make the Save/Save As title dialog box widen with the window! I almost never have enough room to see the full filename, which means it takes additional clicks/keypresses to see the end.

    2 votes
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  13. pop-up change page of a linked pdf/indd file

    please add simple pop-up option (like object layers) to change the showing page of a link (which is either pdf or indesign file). when my link is for example a pdf containing multiple pages, it's unnecessarily complicated to change the showing page to some another.
    so please – right click > pop-up window > change page of link

    6 votes
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  14. footnotes saving space

    Can we make the footnotes text in 2 to 4 column, or run-in footnotes, because some books has too many footnotes, if a 3 or 4 word note occupies a line so we loose space. This will save space in long text books.

    8 votes
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  15. Links in Properties Panel

    The new Properties Panel is great, but the very first thing I noticed when selecting a linked file, It only states that it's a "Linked File"... But you cannot click or edit your linked file, like in Illustrator?? Isn't this the whole purpose behind the PropPanel - to make quick edits all in one panel? Thanks!

    4 votes
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  16. New styles made with Properties panel to top of styles panels

    Creating a new style with the Properties panel adds the style to the bottom of the Paragraph or Character Styles panels. Other methods put the new style at the top. Please make this consistent (I suspect most prefer new styles to be more readily available at the top).

    2 votes
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  17. Ability to completely disable start screens in AI, INDD, PS, Acrobat

    Ability to completely turn off these start screens in AI, INDD, PS, Acrobat. When I close a document window, I expect to be able to see my desktop, not a wall I then have to close or hide. Old school workflow, never had a start screen, never needed one, it's not helpful imho, tho it may be to others, so we should be able to choose how we want it.

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  18. 4 votes
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  19. Syncing Workspaces and Preferences

    This use to be here but doesnt seem to be around anymore. When I would access Indesign on another computer using the same account info, my workspace and preferences would always carry over. In the last year or so, this doesnt happen anymore and I cant figure out why. I cant find an answer online about it either so my guess is that it was removed. Can you bring this back? Thanks!

    20 votes
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  20. Resetting Workspace

    With the new update, whenever I open a new document, my workspace doesn't retain the previous layout. I have to reset my workspace every time.

    3 votes
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