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  1. Please add a history panel to InDesign, like Photoshop's

    This is a very helpful feature, saving time and enabling the user to track what they've done. Thank you.

    167 votes
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  2. Alt shortcuts T-E-T

    ALT T-E-T used to activate 'Change to Title Case' but now it doesn't make it. Is this an error?

    2 votes
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  3. I want "Turn Off Tooltips" back

    I hate it that every time I update InDesign, I have to see all these hover boxes that want to walk me through what's new in this version. This always happens when I'm in a hurry and I just want to do something without having to wait for the Clippy-like helper box to dismiss itself. If I want to know what's new in the current version, I know I can find that information. These 'helper' tips are annoying beyond belief.

    3 votes
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  4. Downloading Workspaces

    I have a personal account with custom workspaces. I would like to be able to I go to work for someone else in their office, using their account, and easily download my workspaces from the Cloud. This feature request is for all Adobe apps, not just InDesign.

    5 votes
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  5. Align & Distribute Objects with Keyboard Shortcuts

    Implement the keyboard shortcuts that are already used for this exact feature from Adobe XD!

    CMD, CTRL, arrows (mac)
    CTRL, shift, arrows (pc)
    Up aligns top, down aligns bottom, left aligns left, right aligns right.

    CMD, CTRL M (mac) / shift M (pc)
    Align horizontally (m for middle)

    CMD, VTRL C (mac) / shift C (pc)
    Align vertically (c for centre)

    CMD, CTRL, V (mac) / CTRL, shift V (pc) Distribute vertically

    CMD, CTRL, H (mac) / CTRL, shift H (pc) Distribute horizontally

    2 votes
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  6. Edit Variable dialog: highlight Text text box first instead of variable name to work faster

    In the Edit Variables dialog box, It would work faster on a daily basis if the third text box, named Text, would be the one highlighted for change. In a context where you define all your templates then reuse them, when you use variables, it is only to change them. So most used text box is the third one in the Edit variable dialog box.

    We would save a lot of time if, when we click to edit a variable, the 3rd text box is highlightes for change.

    2 votes
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  7. Improve style panels

    Three things that would be amazing for the styles panels (we use a lot of styles, so managing them better would be a huge boon):

    1) Snap the current folder you're in to the top of the panel once it scrolls out of view, so it's easy to close the folder you're in once you're done.

    2) Include some way of viewing the "based on" hierarchy all at once rather than having to go into a style's properties to see what's contingent on what.

    3) Have labelling and filtering as per photoshop's layers panel - so you can find and…

    2 votes
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  8. Searchable keyboard shortcuts (as per Illustrator)

    Could we get a searchable keyboard shortcuts interface like Illustrator's? It's really handy for rapidly changing keyboard shortcut settings.

    13 votes
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  9. Alternative GUI

    An optional GUI or shell that really simplifies basic actions for beginners. Easier handling of image placement and adjustments.

    1 vote
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  10. Responsive palette sizing

    It would be nice if palettes would resize more intelligently.

    Having the Swatches palette shrink down to 2 swatches high while having 3 pages of empty space in the Pages palette or having to click through all of the states of Align to access Distribute because I had to collapse it enough scroll down 5 spreads is annoying.

    Having some form of dynamic sizing with priority given to cursor:hover (perhaps weighted by which tool or object is selected.... priority to relevant palettes) seems like it might help.

    1 vote
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  11. 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".

    5 votes
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  12. InDesign Preview For Finder

    There really should be an InDesign preview for Mac Finder. This should be a requirement for your software and should not be considered a feature request.

    122 votes
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  13. More intuitive Page move UI

    Pages palette:
    In a non facing pages document, when moving a page, the indicator line for the destination is shown beside a page. I would expect it above/beneath a page.

    2 votes
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  14. Properties Panel - make it customisable

    I'd like to be able to add things that I use often to it.

    For example, with nothing selected, it has the options for the Document Layout.
    I would like to add to that to include

    Export PDF - and select my proof settings

    So in essence - I could add the options to export to
    Print Ready PDF
    Proof PDF
    Image file format

    etc. - just to be able to add those things would make this panel even better.

    There are other things I'd like to add to this property panel - but that's the general idea, and everyone…

    21 votes
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  15. Allow us to minimize the application in a window, like any other reasonable, modern day application. I mean, seriously, wtf?

    Allow us to minimize the application in a window, like any other reasonable, modern-day application. I mean, seriously, wtf?

    1 vote
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  16. Remove unnecessary banner in CC Libraries panel

    Every time, after any new start of InDesign (14.0.3 and in previous versions too, on mac), an useless info banner is showing when opening CC Libraries panel. Only once at session, but every day again and again. Please, REMOVE THIS...

    1 vote
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  17. Re-separating the tool menu

    You combined the tool menu in the right panel, but now I have to scroll down to the align section every time I want to adjust something. In InDesign, I'm mostly creating forms or schedules where I realign things constantly. It was more convenient before. Either put align at the top of the panel, or re-separate the panel. I can't drag align to the top of it either. If I could even just reorganize it, it would be better.

    1 vote
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  18. 8 votes
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  19. User defined Indesign Preview Page

    When starting Indesign, you get shown a lightbox of recent files with a preview image. It would be great to be able to user define one page in your document to be the preview image, as sometimes, the first page is not the best to be used to make the difference.

    In my screen capture image, selecting page 3 as the preview image would be more distinguishable.

    3 votes
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  20. Please add an Ink Manager indicator in Swatches panel

    Add an indicator to Swatches panel, showing which swatches are affected by Ink Manager. Would help prepress and collaborators know the true story of document swatches.
    NOTE: this has been proposed by other users, but I was asked to post this after I tweeted about it. So forgive redundancy. Or take it as a sign that it's a good idea. ;-)

    13 votes
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