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  1. 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.

    6 votes

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  2. 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.

    22 votes

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  3. 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…

    8 votes

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  4. Long text authoring experience

    InDesign is usually employed in post-production, after the auther had finished writing a book, a screenwriter his script. You could make inDesign the tool of choice for writers, thanks to its wonderful authoring experience. Enhanced long document editor. This opens the market for independent publishers and authors to make their creation end-to-end, from inception to finish

    3 votes

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  5. 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…

    6 votes

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  6. Book

    I use indb files extensively. It opens short, large display and in middle of field. I make small panels, pull it below bottom file and move it. Why can’t we control its display like other panels ?

    4 votes

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  7. Option in TOC dialogue which merges the same instances into one followed by a page range number

    I have a design guide with a complex table of contents (see toc1.png).

    There are topics like “Head - und Subline Allgemein” (see toc1.pgn) which spans over 3 different pages. After generating the TOC the topic is listed 3 times followed by their associated page number (see toc1.pgn).

    I would like to see a check box in the table of contents dialogue box which merges all the same instances into one followed by the page range number (see toc2.png)!

    Perhaps with a control of what character separates the two page numbers.

    22 votes

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  8. 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…

    10 votes

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  9. 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.

    5 votes

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  10. 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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  11. Improved Find/Change with Conditional Text

    The reason is that the Find/Change function has a serious limitation in that it will only find text with certain conditions applied if you choose to search for ALL of the conditions applied to the text in question. That’s fine in the rare cases where I know all the conditions applied to the text that I need to find.

    I want the a radio button behavior, where InDesign will find anything with a certain condition applied to it, even if there are other conditions applied as well.

    For additional details, see:
    https://indesignsecrets.com/limitations-findchange-in-conditional-text.php

    11 votes

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  12. Apply character styles to every occurrence of specific index entries

    Allow us to apply character styles to every occurrence of specific index entries. For example book titles that are usually italicized.

    Under the topic in addition to the sort by options include a checkbox for always apply character style and then the drop down to select a character style.

    7 votes

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  13. 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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  14. Scrollable text frame feature.

    Currently you have the option in the overlays panel, but it currently doesn't work. This is valuable for many design jobs where the client has to cull text to make the content fit into a specified page size. Particularly in PDF format, so if it's possible to make it work for all export formats, not just ePub and Publish online. Clients are still using PDFs so we need to make things work for them.

    4 votes

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  15. Better support XML import via xmlns: aid

    Better support XML import via xmlns: aid / xmlns: aid5: Assigning object formats

    8 votes

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  16. variable text date +1

    Allow for text variable dates to have a condition add one to the date.

    Monthly publication layout is usually done in the month prior to publication. The current options for text variable dating do not have an option to take the current month and add one to it for the date that appears.

    5 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.

    7 votes

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  18. 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.

    7 votes

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  19. H&Js

    Please add several built-in H&Js that we can preselect and let us create and also let us save our own so that we can reuse them in different styles and different documents.

    2 votes

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  20. Make the color of the hidden conditional text indicator match the color assigned to the condition

    Currently, the color of the hidden conditional text indicator is orange. But why orange?why not something more useful? We are able to assign specific colors to each condition, so why not extend those colors to the hidden conditional text indicator as well? Right now, in order to see which condition is applied to hidden conditional text, we have to hover over it and hope that the tooltip pops up. Like this: http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-see-hidden-conditional-text-in.html

    But if there are number of hidden conditions, that trick doesn't work. At the very least, color-code the eyeball in the story editor. In the story editor, you…

    5 votes

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