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  1. Please make it possible that we can have a number is paragraphs of text that link to the actual page number that is being referenced.

    Please make it possible that we can have a number in paragraphs of text that link to the actual page number that is being referenced. So if the page number is changed, then the numbers in the paragraph should also reflect the changes.

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  2. 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.

    90 votes
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  3. Filter & Labels in (Object/Character/Paragraph) Style Panels

    As in Photoshop's and InDesign's Layer Panel it would be very helpfull to have the option for colored Labels/Flags.
    Also, like in Photoshop, a filter/search option on top of the Style Panels would help organizing complex files (newspaper/magazine templates) and speeding up the process.

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  4. Type and select style from drop down list

    Need to type and select the style from the drop down list. Currently we need to find and select the style using mouse scrolling. It will take time when we have lots of paragraph, character styles in InDesign document. Do this for all the drop down list available in InDesign palette. For example, we need to delete a style and replace with another style.

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  5. New "Justification Auto-Correct" Feature

    Justification, while pleasing to the eye from the perspective of an entire page, creates problems. Hyphenation can correct this, to some degree, but it too has its problems. In the end, when justifying text, certain lines of text end up being scrunched while many others leave wide open spaces between words.

    In doing my best to correct for these problems, I tend to make most use of the horizontal scale feature. I often find that most of these visual blemishes (scrunching or overly-wide word spacing) can be corrected by either reducing the horizontal scale down to about 97% (in the…

    1 vote
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  6. 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.

    128 votes
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  7. Copy FX

    Copy / paste layer FX would be very helpful... Much like the Copy Layer Style of PS.

    1 vote
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  8. 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.

    3 votes
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  9. 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…

    17 votes
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  10. Section specific controll of the "based on" featues in paragraph styles

    Add a checkbox to each menu under the paragraph style options, to let the user check if a set of options should be inherited or overwritten.

    A bit like the way we define specific live attributes when creating object styles.

    The goal is to give the user greater control and insight into what attributes are overwritten, and easily add/remove/change them.

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  11. 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…

    175 votes
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  12. 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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  13. 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?

    11 votes
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  14. Paragraph Rule Establish Length

    Under Paragraph Rules, we have the option to increase the indent from the left or the right, it would be nice to just dictate overall length of size

    6 votes
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  15. Stylesheet Manager

    A place to manage bulk style changes across paragraph, character, and object styles.

    13 votes
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  16. Some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

    Currently, there is no way other than the undesirable "book" workaround method to have a set of Paragraph Styles - that can be updated globally accross multiple InDesign documents.

    There should be some way to synchronize and update styles (Paragraph and Character Styles especially) across multiple InDesign documents.

    This could be done by some kind of external "Styles" library (ideally, both Local and or Cloud based) that can be applied to an .indd file, that when updated or changed, will then update or change any document using that same Styles Library.

    Currently, it is very difficult to keep Styles updated…

    7 votes
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  17. Allow a character style to be a percent of the paragraph it's in

    For example, I have a style at 12 points for a paragraph and need to place in it a couple of glyphs from a different font, but at 11 points. If I could say character style X is 96% of paragraph style Y, that would be great.

    To my fortune every instance of my "different" 11 font has been surrounded by the same 12 paragraph, but if I had to use this elsewhere at a different size, I'd have to have another character style for that new size.

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  18. 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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  19. 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.

    22 votes
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  20. A preference choice to disable the application of local formatting.

    A preference choice to disable the application of local formatting. This setting would have fine tune control (similar to the eye dropper tool) to allow some local formatting, such as kerning.
    This feature would be ideal for templates as well as team based workflow.

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