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  1. Multiple index

    Support for multiple indices (Index of Subject, Index of Authors, Index of Passages, Index of pictures, index of tables).

    That would greatly improve performance of work and cut a lot of time and get out books faster than before with higher accuracy!

    18 votes
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  2. Please add a way within a book file to update all document's tables-of-contents.

    Please add a way within a book file to update all document's tables-of-contents.

    Right now, when I make a change to one document that changes page numbering, I must manually go update the TOC of every document in the book individually. This feature could easily be added to the same "Update Numbering" command within a book document.

    12 votes
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  3. Text variables to include auto numbers

    When creating a text variable, it would be great to have it capture the auto numbering, e.g. if the heading is "1. Introduction" and the number is set as an auto number to the paragraph style, then the text variable that references that paragraph style should also pick up the number. At the moment, all you get from the text variable is "Introduction". Or at least have that as an option!

    25 votes
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  4. Add global level or book level text variables.

    It would be nice to have book level text variable(s) that is used in documents in that book.

    24 votes
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  5. synchronized scroll of two files

    synchronized scroll of two or more opened files.
    if I scroll the page if i checked the "synchronized scroll" flag the second document scroll with the first document.

    6 votes
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  6. Remove guides, select similar objects on whole document

    Need to remove guides and select (edit) similar objects, like container boxes, not only on a spread but on the whole document.

    5 votes
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  7. make styles palette at book level (as well as variables, master pages and other shared book elements)

    then, there could be a switch button in paragraph styles palette for documents (as well as other palettes) that makes all styles "inherited" from book "superpalette".

    I mean, that I would make ONE set of styles which will be instantly propagated into all book documents, (which have this switch in "on" state).

    I know it can be done with book "synchronize" button, but it is not working, when you change styles name in one document. Synchronizing just add this style as a new to synchronized documents, instead of changing its names everywhere.

    And, last but not least, there will be…

    5 votes
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  8. Traditional Book Focus

    I write long traditional books with hundreds of black and white text pages. Adobe's focus as a graphics company may be why it misses some important issues for people like me. Editing hundreds of pages of text and incorporating feedback is extremely difficult.

    To accomplish this I have to get the full layout correct with many chapters all in individual files and then create a PDF version of the book. of course, when viewed two up the pages don' align properly if I don't insert a blank page as the first page using DC. Simple fix, give me a proofing…

    5 votes
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  9. In some jurisdictions they may have to have line numbers, but not in Federal or any that I practice in.

    In some jurisdictions they may have to have line numbers, but not in Federal or any that I practice in.

    A TOA is a table containing the name of all cases, statutes and other authorities used in the document and the page reference.

    One complex is that the reference in the table may be slighly different from that in the text.

    The table entry may look liked

    ABC v. XYZ, 123 F.3d 456 (12th Cir. 1992) .... 4, 5, 10, 16

    The references in the text may look like

    ABC v. XYZ, 123 F.3d 456, 460-461 (12th Cir. 1992)
    ABC…

    3 votes
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  10. 18 votes
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  11. set individual pages as non-numbered in books

    I use the book feature for many, if not most of the documents that I create. Each individual InDesign document included within the book is a new chapter. Because the majority of my clients request printed copies of the documents I create, I usually create customized tab pages that precede each chapter, so that the end user can easily find a specific section. These tabs are printed on card stock instead of the standard bond paper that is used for the content of the document.

    The majority of my documents require page numbers, and so I use the feature where…

    8 votes
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  12. Provide variable features as in Adobe Framemaker

    Adobe Framemaker has a superb variable features
    - Support wrapping of long text from variable in document
    - Conditional text (e.g., <$paratext[Appendix, Chapter]>)
    - Standard portions of text (e.g., $paratext, $paratextonly, $marker1, ...)

    4 votes
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  13. Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files.

    Ability to lock (and unlock) the order of documents in Book files. In long documents with many chapters it is easy to inadvertently move a document in the book window.

    4 votes
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  14. Index Alphabetising Systems

    I'm currently producing a book every Bob Dylan song in it for his publisher. It's a huge project and I'm indexing. I've noticed something very odd with InDesign's indexing system, which is that it's only possible to alphabetise letter-by-letter, so if these were song titles, I'd get this (in this order):

    I Dream
    I'm Asking
    I'm Falling
    I Win

    Of course, what I want is word-by-word indexing, which would give me the (correct) following:

    I Dream
    I Win
    I'm Asking
    I'm Falling

    I know I can tweak these entries manually, and I have done but it's laborious and risky. I…

    4 votes
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  15. Endnote citation order

    Looking to expand the scope of endnotes and footnote to include multiple stories in a document so that the citation order follows reference where it falls on the page, not just a single story.

    8 votes
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  16. Easier Conditional Text in Tables

    Currently, to apply conditional text to text inside tables, you have to go cell-by-cell to apply the text. This behavior is unlike character and paragraph style application, where you can simply select a bunch of cells and apply the styles all at once. Conditional text application to cell contents should behave the same.

    10 votes
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  17. Section Colour Property

    We would like something called section colour property. Whereby any paragraph / character style which can be used as a property in any paragraph or character style.

    So, if you had a paragraph style call heading with the character set to section colour, the heading would be red in page section 1 and blue on page section 2.

    Great for long documents. Thank you.

    5 votes
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  18. Relative path to linked excel tables and images

    I have folders structure for my engineering report. I want to use it for other projects too. So I need possibility to set relative paths for linked tables and pictures to have possibility to copy whole report structure to the new place and repeate all calculations and make new report. Now I have to copy structure, rename old project folder to force InDesign to take new project folder, open new report book,update all links,save new report book with all documents. Restore name of old project folder.

    3 votes
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  19. Allow Data Merge to use .csv with semicolon separated text

    Currently one has to use tab separated text (.txt) or comma separeted text (.csv). When using the .csv-export from Excel, it generates semicolons as separators, which is helpful because there may be a comma inside a table cell. So it would be helpful to use this text directly in InDesign.
    This might be an issue only in the German version of Excel/InDesign, but it causes a lot of trouble.

    5 votes
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  20. Print the contents of the book window

    I'm working on a very long document -- a book with about 300 component files (2-4 pp each). They're all in the book window... but once you're past two or three dozen files, the organization of the book window becomes difficult to view and comprehend. I'd like to print out the contents of the book window (PDF, CSV, spreadsheet, text, whatever) so that I can review what's there and see how best to organize it. The book window allows me to print out the book in different ways, and I can print portions of the book... but not that overview…

    4 votes
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