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  1. Turn paths into guides with the right click menu "Make guides" like in Illustrator.

    Pretty self explanatory. It's very useful for example if you need a marquee or an odd shape to serve you as a guide and most importantly, the snapping in InDesign between a line and a guide is so different and so hard to snap to a path.

    90 votes
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  2. Scale pages thumbnail size by width of of panel

    Sometimes I need to reference other pages in the doc I'm working on. It would be helpful if the pages panel adjusted the size of the thumbnail based on the width of the window. The Panel Options sizes don't offer enough versatility.

    2 votes
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  3. Object Styles (Size and Position)

    When creating an Object Style and using Size and Position, the X and Y Offsets must be 0 or greater. This means you cannot create an Object Style that allows for bleed. I want to enter -.125 for the X and / or Y Offset to allow for bleeds.

    P.S. The temp workaround is changing the Reference point, but if you change the Height or Width, you also have to adjust the X and Y.

    19 votes
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  4. Provide an option to update a workspace.

    If I make a change in my workspace, I must go here:

    Window menu > Workspace > New Workspace...

    and enter the name of the workspace I'm altering.

    Then I click OK and am presented with a dialog that says,

    "A workspace with that name already exists. Do you want to replace it?"

    An option like the following would be quite helpful.

    Window menu > Workspace > Update Workspace

    Or, if you prefer, make the name of the option Update Current Workspace.

    Thanks for considering this idea.

    7 votes
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  5. Indesign CC: PDF Export dialog - start with highlighted range entry field - like you used to

    Indesign CS6 used to start with a conveniently highlighted pages entry field. Opening the export dialog you were right away able to type in the desired page range. In CC you have to tripple-TAB to that field, which is a mild but unnecessary deterioration.

    Thanks if you fix this.

    1 vote
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  6. Colour picker can't interperet hex values preceded by a hash

    If a hexadecimal value is pasted into the hex field in the colour picker with a hash (#) on the front of the value, the picker should be able to ingest it. Currently the hash must be manually removed before the picker will update.

    Very minor but very annoying when copying values from other software that includes the hash.

    4 votes
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  7. show import highlighted pdf comments with different color than H&J violations

    When you import PDF comments that are highlighted text, they appear in the layout with the same color/treatment as text marked by checking Preferences: Composition: Highlight: H&J violations. These should be visually differentiatable from one another.

    2 votes
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  8. Make "Notes" icons easier to see in layout view

    It would be helpful to have an option to highlight the "Notes" icons in the layout when people want to see where they are located. They are often almost impossible to see and need the palette to be navigable. An option called "Highlight Notes in Layout" possibly.

    2 votes
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  9. Properties Panel - reintroduce spinners - and photoshops mousedrag controls

    Indesign CC2019 (oct):

    The old control panel had up-/down spinners for each transform input box. In the new properties panel the spinners are missing, probably for a slimmer width of the panel. That's bad, they were handy and we are all used to them, especially for shift-clicking to scale/move in increments.

    Please put them back.

    Idea: please also make the icons of input boxes behave like Photoshops inputs, that you can mouse-drag to increase/decrase values.

    1 vote
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  10. Home Screen preference switch needed

    Preference to disable "Home Screen". Very annoying when no internet connectivity - PS and AI both have this option, why not Indesign?

    2 votes
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  11. Add Kerning Manager Palette

    Many fonts have badly kerning values, to correct these faults, we should have the precise control through the font in a document or to be permanent for the font used in ID, until the user rechange the kerning pairs values again. In some cases, the font kerning values are good, but the user likes to modify these values in a document, such as many swashes fonts.

    4 votes
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  12. visibility of the Colorsetting in menu bar

    I often work in different color settings for newspaper printing or offset printing. It seems convenient to me if I can see the current color setting as a notification in the menu bar. Also usefull for other applications as well like Illustrator and Photoshop.

    2 votes
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  13. Edit Styles/Access Style Options dialog from Properties panel

    It is easy to create a new style via the Properties panel, but cumbersome to edit styles.

    1 vote
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  14. Unlock UI when dialog box open

    I would like to be ale to work on more than one pararagrapg or object while a dialog box is open. For instance, I’d like to be able to open the Paragraph Styles panel while in a paragraph then be able to click in another paragraph without having to close then reopen the panel.

    2 votes
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  15. Desc: A pref to turn off Adobe cheesy marketing headlines on Open screen–Why?: Chesy mktng dsnt wrk on designers

    I suspect this "feature" wasn't tested. I can't believe I'm the only one distracted from work with OMG every time I open the app. Please make it stop.

    2 votes
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  16. apple mouse scrolling

    Scrolling with Apple Magic Mouse sends the document flying over numerous pages.

    While I appreciate that this issue has been a stand off between Apple & Adobe, us users simply can't switch out our mouse. This stand off is hostile to users, it's infantile and unprofessional. In design studios we use this application all day long, 90% of my work will eventually go through InDesign.

    As a minimum please provide the option to automatically disable scrolling when using Adobe InDesign, optimally just detect the mouse and change the scrolling behaviour to no longer be user hostile.

    Adobe has the opportunity…

    4 votes
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  17. Simplify hyperlink process

    I've been using Indesign for over a decade but still can't fully understand the hyperlinking process. For example, what is the difference between New hyperlink destination and New hyperlink? (I've read about the difference but still find it kludgy.) What couldn't the process be as simple as when defining a paragraph/character/object style sheet in ID? Why can't I add simple page links to text (sometimes it works, other times it doesn't). Why does the hyperlink panel only provide a URL shortcut and not a simple Go to page #? And why can't I rename previously used hyperlinks by simply double…

    3 votes
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  18. 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?

    6 votes
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  19. Zoom to selection is not using enough screen real estate

    when using shortcut shift-cmd-= to perform a zoom to selection, the object is being centred, which is good, but the zoom view is too small given that there're just too many spaces being left around the object.

    Ideally, when zoom to selection this will snugly fit the object just into the window, which I found an interesting coincidence. Say for example, theres an object thats being set to zoom to selection, and the zoom level of it is 30.7% (and just feel how small the object would look on screen at this level), then you multiply this number by 2,…

    1 vote
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  20. Workspace Issues with every document

    Using 2019 Adobe InDesign on Mac OS Mojave

    Whenever I open a new document, or open a recent document, my workspace panels on the left disappears every time. It never happened in 2018. It's quite annoying having to reset the workspace with every document opened. Please fix. Thank you!

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