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  1. Paragraph Border Controls when Split across Columns or Frames

    There needs to be a control that "If paragraph breaks between columns or frames" restricts the paragraph border to: "baseline" , "cap-height" and perhaps a value offset for this. At the very least there needs to be the "clip to frame" option for paragraph border like there is for paragraph shading. However, the controls for baseline and cap-height would be ideal.

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      16 comments  ·  Styles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Apply object style to a group

      It would be nice if I could apply an object style to grouped objects. Especially useful when using only the position functions.

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      • External Paragraph Styles (to keep all documents in sync easily)

        I would like to have external paragraph styles (and other styles too) so that they can apply to multiple documents and keep all documents using them in sync with the same set of styles.

        7 votes
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        • Table of content – Styling improvement

          1) Please make the TOC dialogue box scaleable: especially the include paragraph styles box is unmanageable (long names are not visible and after applying settings to a style it scrolls back to the top of the list)
          2) Please include option to strip or override character styles in TOC
          At the moment you need a lot of paragraph styles to set up the TOC, especially when having multicoloured headlines, both in document and TOC
          3) Please give text boxes an option "include in TOC" (helpful when having the same headline on several pages) and the option to enter alternate wording…

          3 votes
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          • Style hierarchy

            It would be nice if you could easily see as one of the views of styles (paragraph, character, and object) a hierarchy of which styles are based on each other. Like a cascade of styles. I work on long documents and books that use LOTS of styles and besides the normal view and alphabetical view, it would be nice to be able to "sort" by hierarchy, perhaps with the swivel arrow, like when you have different styles in grouped folders. For instance, we have "text" and then "text left" and "text centered," and so on, but they are all based…

            11 votes
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            • Shading for character styles

              I love using the shading for whole paragraph styles, but it would be nice to have shading for character styles as well. This would be nice for "highlighter" effects, which you just want to highlight a few lines or words. Just like applying an underline or strikethrough, but with a little more control over color, padding, maybe even shape?

              7 votes
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              • Synchronize styles across book documents should REMOVE styles as well as updating and adding them.

                Synchronize styles across book documents should REMOVE styles as well as updating and adding them. For all styles: object as well as text.

                3 votes
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                • GREP: Add character style and paragraph style codes

                  Add GREP match code in Search/Replace for specific styles with something like:
                  (CharacterStyle:[StyleName])

                  2 votes
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                  • GREP: Add character style and paragraph style codes

                    Add GREP match code in Search/Replace for specific styles with something like:
                    (CharacterStyle:[StyleName])

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                    • Add lowercase, Title, and Toggle to Case in style definition options

                      When defining a style, under Basic Character Formats, it would be very helpful to force lowercase! (And also add Title and Toggle case options so all case possibilities are present)

                      This is especially needed when replacing acronyms (usually typed in all-caps in manuscripts) with the appropriate small caps. It is very time consuming to manually retype all-caps acronyms in lowercase, then apply small caps character styling to it!

                      Try doing this for a 300-page book....you'll want to cut your eyes out.

                      58 votes
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                      • Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style

                        I'd like the option to not add space between paragraphs of the same style, even if those paragraphs have space above or below. Microsoft Word has a checkbox that does this, and it's great for list styles. You can create a list style with space above and below and then check that box so that space only appears before and after the list, not between list items.

                        In order to achieve the same effect in InDesign, you need three or more styles (one with space above but not below for the first item, one without space above or below for…

                        85 votes
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                        • Allow multiple character styles to be applied to characters

                          Allow multiple character styles to be applied to one character.
                          There should be an »appearance« panel as in Illustrator, which reflects the hierarchy of multiple applied character styles to one character/a text.

                          This would ease the work with XML and reduce the number of character styles needed. Nowadays you have to trick with GREP styles etc. to apply multiple character styles to one character.
                          With such a feature, I could define »italic« and »bold« and has no need to define »bold italic«. This will even end up in better HTML export: instead of <span class="BoldItalic">blabl</span> there could be the much…

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                          • Multiple styles per element with cascade like CSS

                            So many documents get output into electronic formats now. The limitation of only one style per element (paragraph, character, object) makes it difficult to map what is happening in InDesign to good HTML and CSS.

                            If InDesign allowed multiple styles to be applied to an element, with cascade rules like CSS, then electronic output would be easier and the quality of generated markup could be improved. In addition, being able to apply simple style changes to override more comprehensive styles would simplify documents and reduce the number of styles needed to make little variations of design possible..

                            14 votes
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                            • Dual numbering system for Indesign using page numbering

                              @Adobe: Current up-to-date InDesign has only one sequential page-numbering function.

                              By giving it more flexibility in creating Dual numbering system would be useful, rather then manually adding in numbers.

                              It will be hectic and time consuming creating design flow like example: Creating a calendar document with dual numbering or more per page.

                              1 vote
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                              • Object Styles: Size and Position relative to spine

                                When setting an object's position with this feature, one must choose left or right for X position. With Anchored Objects, we can choose for that to be "relative to spine" instead. So instead of "left" or "right", we can choose "inside" or "outside".
                                This would allow for symmetry on a spread. Example: an object could then extend from the spine, beyond the page edge, through the bleed, whether on a left or right page.

                                12 votes
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                                • I wish to replace Minion Pro (which I never have used and never will use) with Arial

                                  You've made Minion Pro your default font. I want to use Arial as my default font.
                                  You've made 1 point your default line width. I want to use 0 point as my default line width.

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                                  • DIV STYLE Panel FOR EPUB/HTML

                                    Using hundreds of anchored text boxes (with Object styles) within threads is time-consuming but necessary to provide <div> classes for css.
                                    It would be MUCH quicker if there was an InDesign Div Styles panel where I could apply a class for css to a section that needs different styling between PDF and ePub/html versions. These sections often contain 5 different Paragraph Styles so I need to add some kind of wrapper.

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                                    • Add section number (^x) in Paragraph Style / Bullets and Numbering / Number

                                      The ability to add the section number in Paragraph Style / Bullets and Numbering / Number.

                                      Currently, chapter number (^H) works but section number (^x) does not.

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                                      • Spacing & increment styles

                                        The inclusion of preset spacing styles (for individual objects) would be very helpful. You could set up a several spacing increment styles and have a one click approach to spacing. this would be very helpful for catalog design work.

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                                        • Assign paragraph style depending on odd/even page

                                          It would be nice to assign a paragraph style automatically depending on the “value” of a odd or even page? So you can for example make some styles have more margin at the right or left side, depending on odd or even.

                                          Of course you can apply this with different paragraph style, but when a new page appears in the middle of a large document it would be very nice if this can go automatically.

                                          11 votes
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