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  1. 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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  2. Checkbox to change style of linked object

    I would like to use/export interactive PDF, which would allow user to check the checkbox next to object. Upon checking, the object hidden style would become visible.

    For example: I have PDF with multiple images of cars. When I check the checkbox near the image of car, that image will be overlayed with green transparent effect to show this car has been selected.

    I would like to have this feature available for my collection overview and to see the visual feedback of all collected objects would be satisfying for me.

    1 vote
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  3. add effects to paragraph shading/frame

    This CC 2018 Update is fantastic!


    1. The only thing I am missing is the lack of possibility to add effects like shadows, on paragraph shadings and frames.


    2. This would be extremely helpful for a heavy-graphical CI, where text - spanning over more than one column or frame - must be underlaid with shadowed frames. Actually, when page breaks are to be corrected, I have to adjust those background frames manually, which is quite time-consuming.


    5 votes
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  4. Character Style contestual to Paragraph Style

    Suppose you have a text, for example an introduction, with some word (i.e. titles) in Italic in it. Now you decide that this text must be in Italic. So, all the titles in it that were in Italic must be in plain.
    In CSS this is easy to do; you'll have something like span.title { font-style: italic; } with the variant p.intro span.title { font-style: normal; }.
    I think it's a necessity quite frequent. In other similar scenario you may have to use different colors, different weights.

    4 votes
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  5. Allow Adjacent Bordered Paragraphs to Share Their Border

    It's great that Paragraph Borders are now included but it really needs an option to "Connect Border to Adjacent Paragraphs Sharing the Same Style" so that the border runs around multiple paragraphs if needed. I know you can work around this with forced line breaks and empty lines but that jars with me and doesn't give me proper style sheet control.

    13 votes
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  6. Bullets and numbering - background or box

    When applying a character style in the bullets and numbering tab, all characteristics are applied except for underline/strikethrough options. I noticed that this has been mentioned several times over the years but has not been changed as of CC 12.0.0.81.

    If this is impossible to fix, is it then perhaps possible to implement an option to add a background to bullets or numbering, similar to the paragraph rule, which allows for offset, indentation etc.

    11 votes
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  7. 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…

    7 votes
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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. Border also as character style instead of only paragraph style

    Title describes itself. I would like to have the ability to "span" one or more characters instead of a whole paragraph and assign a border to them. Just like I'm able to do with css

    57 votes
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  10. the ability to not enable overrides in class

    the ability to not enable overrides in class this way when I pull in title to the TOC it does not pull in overides in the headline styled text

    1 vote
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  11. 33 votes
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  12. 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…

    2 votes
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  13. 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…

    6 votes
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  14. Stroke styles

    Allow us to create and name custom Stroke Styles. These would be in addition to Object Styles.

    Stroke Styles could be used to specify a custom underline, strikethrough, or paragraph rule. Stroke Styles could also be applied to paths and called by Object Styles.

    12 votes
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  15. Custom stroke styles, that can be shared with Illustrator (and vice versa)

    Stroke styles like those of Illustrator, where the library and styles can be created in either and shared between both programs

    13 votes
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  16. 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…

    239 votes
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  17. 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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  18. Checkbox to exclude styles from output in »edit all export tags« panel

    I'd love to exclude styles to be output into HTML, EPUB, etc. with a simple checkbox in the »edit all export tags« panel. Up to now, I have to delete styles that I don't want in the export every time before the export. The checkbox would save a lot of time with recurring work as journals etc.

    4 votes
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  19. Add word and character spacing (justification) options to character styles

    Allow the justification options within character styles.

    Quite often I have different typefaces in one paragraph, which need individual values for the justification of word and/or character spacing. But I can only do the justification for a whole paragraph with exactly one font, ignoring all the other contained typefaces. This leads to word spaces, which are way too narrow or too wide in parts of a paragraph (see the top image). If I could adjust justification options in character styles as I can do in paragraph styles, the problem would be solved!

    9 votes
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  20. 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…

    91 votes
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