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  1. Need a tutorial on forcing a paragraph style to actually work

    I've been sporadically hunting for a year on how to force a paragraph style to actually work in a text box. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Yes, I've tried the option bit. All I want is for the right margins to be the same, and to have a bottom margin that will keep the last line X amount of line-height from the bottom of the text box.

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  2. Using local alphabets in Numering Style Format (Paragraph Styles)

    We have only two character formats "A, B, C, D ..." and "a, b, c, d ..." except digital. But many of us work with texts in languages with other alphabets, which are also used as indexes of lists. It would be nice to have formats of local alphabets depending on the language chosen for the paragraph. For example, if the Russian language is selected for the paragraph, then in the list of character formats, except the Latin alphabet, there will be a Russian "А, Б, В, Г..."
    This property should not depend on whether the localized or English version…

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  3. Easier crosschecking, resetting and copying throughout all styles

    We are working with at least ten different paragraph styles per document. If there are changes to be made in the CIs we have to check every single style: Opening up the Paragraph Style Options window, changing, closing, next style, reapeat... forgetting something and opening all windows again to check.
    -> How about a button in the Paragraph Style Options window to jump to the previous or next style in the list? (might be useful to every kind of Style Option window)

    In the Paragraph Style Options window there is a Reset to Base button only under General.
    -> I…

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  4. Keyboard Shortcut for Adopting Paragraph Style Sheets


    1. Using the text tool, click in a paragraph.


    2. Hold Option & Shift, then click a Style Sheet formatted paragraph


    3. The paragraph that had the text tool in it is now formatted to the [Option/Shift] clicked paragraph's Style Sheet.


    This is one of the most time saving keyboard shortcuts from Quark Xpress.

    This saves countless hours for anyone formatting text, albeit a tri-fold, or a 1,000 page catalog.

    PS: If you're going to mention Command/Return to bring up Style Sheets, this is not time saving. The user still has to scroll the curser around to select the Paragraph/Character Style Sheet, removing…

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  5. Page numbering

    Provide an easy application of styles to include zero as a second digit. For example, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc.

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  6. Select All by paragraph style

    I'd love to be able to select all text in the document by paragraph style. So, select all text with "Heading 1" paragraph style. And then I could copy and paste it into a different document. It would help for revising documents, so I can see the topics all together and reorder the outline of names.

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  7. Object Styles: text frame color fill and stroke options

    The current problem is that applying an object style with a stroke applies to everything within a group (photo B in screenshot). I want to be able to create a style that applies a stroke to the image but not the caption text box (photo a in screenshot).

    One solution might be: Text frame options within object styles having their own stroke and fill options.

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  8. Be Able To Apply Color to Text And Object Style Definitions and Sort Them By Color

    I work with a large number of paragraph, character and object styles. Even though I can order them alphabetically, it's still tedious to find the right style since the panel is so small. Grouping them is another option but I find it just adds another level in the hierarchy and adds to the already crowded assortment of styles.
    It would be nice if I could assign a color to 1 or more style definitions and also be able to Sort By Color.

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  9. Suppress Running Header on Chapter first page

    Add a setting to Running Header to NOT DISPLAY if current page contains <chapterTitle> style.

    This permits a document to reflow, changing pagination, while always suppressing the Running Header on the first page of a chapter. In this way, many documents would retain proper chapter start formatting without having to manually go through and apply a special Master Page (and remove the previous Master Page) whenever pagination changes.

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  10. Objets graphiques (comme dans After Effects)

    Avoir la possibilité de créer des Objets graphiques (comme dans After Effects) pour les styles paragraphe, caractère et objet donnant la possibilité de variables, de variantes.

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  11. Utilize paragraph shading for text messages with improved functionality

    The new paragraph shading feature would be fantastic to use for laying out text message conversations in books, but needs a few tweaks to make is fully functional. Text messages in books is becoming very common.

    It used to be that you had to create shapes and anchor each in for a text message. Now you can use Paragraph Shading defined in the style for left side texts with no adjustments, but because right side text messages need to have the "bubble" shape aligned right, but the interior text left aligned. My solution is (see sample file):
    Create three base…

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  12. Reset to base for one single parameter of a paragraph/character/etc. style

    I wish there was an easy way to just reset one specific parameter of a style to base ([ignore]).

    For example:
    I have paragraph style p2 which is based on p1. I previously overwrote the Font Style of p2 but now I decided to change it back to inherit the Font Style of its base style (p1). It would be nice to have some way to do that only for the Font Style. Not for the Font Family or Size or any other parameter. Maybe by option–, cmd- or right-clicking on the parameter's name...?

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  13. Bullet lists: add option for custom spacing of first and last entries

    In a paragraph style defined as a bullet list, you often need to have more space BEFORE THE FIRST item or AFTER THE LAST item. This is possible in CSS and would just need a couple of extra fields added to the "Bullets and Numbering" section in the "Paragraph Style" panel.

    The only option now is to create additional styles or to use overrides.

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    Use the Indents and Spacing section of the Paragraph Style dialog to specify Space Before and Space After. Use the option “Space Between Paragraphs Using Same Style” to specify the space between the bulleted list items.

    For example, if Space Before is 6 pt, Space After is 8 pt, and Space Between is 0 pt, the bulleted list will have 6 pt before the 1st item, 8 pt after the last item and in between the bulleted list items, space will be 0 pt.

    Hope this helps.


    Adobe InDesign team

  14. Copy Style Settings textbox

    Make the Style Settings box copy/pasteable OR allow a more complex method of style comparisons. Sometimes you make a couple small modifications and you just need to know the differences.

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  15. content formatting as styles

    The ability to create a content format as a style. Example: currency - so you could have 19.95 or 3 or 12.2, you would have a "currency" style that takes the numbers and reformats as $19.95, $3.00, or $12.20 (with the ability to add character styles to specific elements) - so you could make the cents be superscript, make the decimal disappear. Also adding the option as to whether or not the styling should be virtual (the actual content is not changed, just the appearance) or restyled (it would actually change the content). This could be done in a GREP…

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  16. add spacing around word or selection in c-styles

    often we use a c-style to make a "highlight" of a word (or group of words), but the highlight stops at the edge of the letter and we must always go back in and add thin spaces on either side of the word so that the highlight has a natural start and finish slightly before and after the selection. It would be nice to have a c-style option to add space to the left and right of the selection.

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  17. Left / right justified paragraph control

    Have the ability to give greater control to non-justified paragraphs.

    As you have word and letter spacing control for justified text, have a similar set of rules that can be applied to line endings and the difference in line ending lengths for a left/right aligned paragraph. Potentially a rule to remove widows and orphans.

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  18. Unify font filtering across all relveant dialogues

    Give the Paragraph and Character Styles Basic Character Formats dialogue the ability to filter like the Character panel in the Properties window.

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  20. Hyphenation and Justification style

    Please add ability of keeping hyphenation and justification options as a stand-alone style to use it in paragraph styles.

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