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  1. Add scaling to stroke ends / arrowheads

    Allow scaling of start and end on strokes, like in Illustrator.

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  2. Height & width in object styles needs more options

    I did try out the new H&W feature in CC2018 using it on a image frame with a picture inside it. I anchored it to the heading of each chapter and wanted to see if I could resize the image from the object style panel. This did not work the way I was hoping for; There is no way to lock the H&W proportions so that the frame fits the image dimensions. I could not determine a reference point from where the frame is growing. A great upgrade to the feature would be: Lock proportions, scale content with the frame…

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  3. Improve override & "mixed overrides" notice on paragraph styles: give useful info

    If a paragraph has some override(s) in it that do not affect the entire paragraph, you'll see the little paragraph symbol at the bottom of the panel light up. This tells you there's an override. No + sign will appear next to the paragraph style name, though, unless the cursor happens to be in text that has the override. For example, if one word is in italics but your cursor is elsewhere in the paragraph, you don't have any way to know what the override is. If you select the entire paragraph, the + appears, but when you hover over…

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  4. Possibility of defining several alternative Font Styles in one Character Style

    Possibility of defining several alternative Font Styles in one Character Style.

    E.g. Character Style: Italic
    Font Style: Regular Italic OR RegularItalic OR Italic OR ItalicRegular OR Italic Regular

    Currently working with two families of fonts, one of which has italic defined as Italic and the other as Regular Italic, this is impossible. You have to define two character styles and search the whole text.

    6 votes
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  5. Object Style option for Graphic Cells in the Cell Style dialog…

    Please add an option to choose an Object Style for the Graphic Cell part in the Cell Style Dialog (just like the Paragraph Style Option in the General tab of the same dialog…

    6 votes
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  6. Character styles applied to paragraphs apply to bullets as well

    99.9% of the time I want bullets to match the text color. When changing the character color via the Paragraph Styles palette or when selecting the text and changing the color via the color palette, the bullets do just that. But when I select text and change the color via a character style, the bullets don't follow suit.

    To give you an example of why this would be useful to me, one thing I often end up doing is creating two versions of something: one on a dark background, one on a light background. The only thing different between the…

    6 votes
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  7. A check box to Remove Local Formatting in an auto TOC.

    You include a checkbox to Remove Forced Line Breaks in the text styles used for the auto TOC so why not one to Remove Local Formatting so the text style can display exactly the way you set it in the TOC styles dialogue. Now one must select all the text and set Character Style to None every time the TOC is updated which is inefficient. Thanks.

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  8. Ad the possibility to have Paragraph Style add a break before or after

    In many cases, I want a break after or before a Paragraph with a certain style. e.g.: a chapter heading often needs a Page Break before.
    How convenient would it be when this is integrated in a Paragraph Style!

    6 votes
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  9. Variables in formatting

    Instead of using absolute values in formatting dialogues, let us define and use variables.

    I often work in long documents and have dozens of styles. Using the leading for my body copy as a reference many other formatting options will use the same value or fractions or multiples of that value. Body copy might use 14 point leading with 7 points of space between paragraphs. Subheads might have an extra 7 points above. Main heads might use 21 point or 28 point leading. Bullets might use 14 points for the indent. If I need to change my leading I need…

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  10. Integrate a Content :before and :after to Styles as it is possible in CSS

    In the character and paragraph styles definition: Give us the opportunity of automatically add content before and after the text (give the opportunity to style this additionally with a character style), to which the style is applied. Currently a conent:before is only possible with using a paragraph style a trick (see image, sorry for the German ...).

    Working with XML data or other equivalent text sources you can add media related text, that doesn't alter the content. This is quite important, if the content should be exported after production.

    6 votes
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  11. Make spellcheck apply to paragraph styles

    It would be super useful to be able to run spellcheck only on certain paragraph styles. I run a directory that includes hundreds of names that get flagged, and if i I could run spellcheck just on body copy + headline paragraph styles, it would save me hours each month.

    6 votes
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  12. Improving Effects and Gradients for Objects

    1) Making Effects easier to copy/paste blending options like in Photoshop layers between several objects (similar to pasting blending to several objects)

    2) Also, improving precision and granularity of the rather smallish and sensitive gradient feather bar using mouse. When re-applying a gradient, it is difficult to slide existing gradient points without adversely affecting applied gradient to object, sometimes its easier to just restart a new one.

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  13. Allow Custom Cell Padding on Imported Spreadsheets

    When importing excel or spreadsheets (.xls), Indesign CC automatically sets the cell padding on top/bottom as 0.0556" (or equivalent). There is currently no way to set default cell padding when Indesign is open without any publications/files open, nor is there an option when importing a document/spreadsheet.

    Either allow for imported cell padding to be listed within the 'Show More Options" within the import screen, or allow for a global default cell padding to be entered into Indesign.

    When publishing files that pull or link cell data from excel, each time the excel file is updated, it is a VERY manual…

    6 votes
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  14. Shorthand Styles Panel

    If someone doesn’t want to have to type the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 over and over, they simply click 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭 > 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 > 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 > 𝐀𝐝𝐝:

    𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝: ty
    𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: thank you

    That is the typical way users do it. If Adobe can make a new panel called 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 that would be helpful. It would function almost like 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 but be it’s own separate entity:
    1. Select the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 with your 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐫 (or you can select as many words as you want)
    2. Click 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬
    3. Then, click 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞
    4. 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Compliments
    5.…

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  15. Ability to scroll/move on page while style options window is open

    In earlier versions of InDesign this was possible. Now I can only zoom in and out. While editing my styles I want to be able to still zoom AND scroll/move on the pages in order to see the changes where the take effect.

    5 votes
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  16. Allow variables to be used within styles

    It would be great to have a more flexible method of configuring styles; the purpose being to cut down on the number of styles with only minor differences between them.

    We use page templates where the layout is pretty much the same, apart from minor differences / colours. But we have to define a complete set of styles for all colour variations, greatly increasing the complexity.

    However, if you can enable any setting to be stored as a variable, this could reduce the number of styles in a document by 90%. For example:

    A set of master styles for the…

    5 votes
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  17. Creation of Table of Contents — Adjustable size of the interface window (width and height)

    Creation of Table of Contents — Adjustable interface window (width and height)

    When working in huge and very complex documents — with dozens and dozens of paragraph styles and very complex table of contents —, the limitations of the interface window are rather annoying. The window cannot namely be expanded to have a better view of the selected styles.

    The number of visible styles is namely limited to four (see screenshot). And the width cannot be adjusted either.

    It would thus be a considerable improvement if the window size could be customized in order to have a much better view…

    5 votes
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  18. 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.

    5 votes
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  19. SVGs / AIs and Graphics as bullet points

    It would be nice if paragraphs styles would allow for SVGs and / or Graphics to be used as "custom bulletpoints".

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  20. Make Add to CC Library a preference that must be selected

    I don't want to use CC Libraries. That's my preference. I understand it could be helpful to some people, but right now I don't want to use this. Yet I keep having to open three different windows to deselect it and every time Indesign crashes (several times a week lately) I have to go through the task again.

    Why can't we make it a global preference? Click you save to CC Libraries, unclick to not save.

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