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  1. 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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  2. Duplicated style sheets should not override the original's keyboard shortcut

    When you duplicate a text style that has a shortcut key assigned to it, the duplicated style keeps the shortcut key and the original style loses it (it gets greyed out).

    What should happen is that the new style has no shortcut key assigned to it, and the existing one keeps it. I see no reason for the current behaviour.

    1 vote
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  3. Advanced Paragraph Shading Options


    1. The ability to specify a specific measured width for paragraph shading in pica, inches or whatever is the standard unit for the document.

    2. The ability to extend shading through continuous paragraphs. (i.e. If two consecutive paragraphs have the same paragraph style (with shading) that there is no gap between the paragraphs. Currently you have to use offset to extend these.

    7 votes
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  4. 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…

    12 votes
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  5. 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.

    2 votes
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  6. GREP: Add character style and paragraph style codes

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

    7 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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.

    1 vote
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  9. 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.

    11 votes
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  10. 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.

    4 votes
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  11. 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.

    1 vote
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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. Add "Unmap All" to Map Tags to Styles

    In the Map Tags to Styles popup panel, please supply a "unmap all tags" button. Sometimes we use the tags to prestyle text, but then apply manual overrides, and want to retain the manual overrides when importing new XML. We currently have to manually remove all mapped styles from the tags before doing that, which can be very tedious when working on large numbers of documents.

    2 votes
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  14. Different corner options?

    How about creating a method for users to define new and/or different corner options?

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  15. Ability to set Style Override Highlighter as "on" or "off" in preferences

    Currently the Style Override Highlighter [+] in the various styles panels functions as a toggle on a per app basis, not as an "on" or "off" preference setting. This means it can't be set on a document by document basis, as enabling it will actually toggle the setting to "off" if a user has the setting switched "on" in their copy of InDesign.

    Would greatly appreciate the ability to set this as a normal InDesign preference - ie one that can be set at application/document level, the same as almost every other setting in the program.

    1 vote
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  16. 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.

    12 votes
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  17. 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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  18. 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".

    5 votes
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  19. Retained overwrites

    While doing heavy make-up of book texts I often need to get in a line or to space out a line. Doing this without having countless paragraph overrides (with the danger that by clicking "clear override" or applying a script everything would be lost) the only possibility so far is to make numerous paragraph copies, e.g., "body", "body+5", "body+10", "body-5" etc.
    A possible solution could be to have the paragraph style definition with some kind of "ranges", maybe "Tracking: 0 - +30" with a default value "0". And the actual value could be selected in a panel. Hopefully someone has…

    1 vote
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  20. Character style in brush form so I can just set it and highlight parts of text and the brush does the rest.

    Character style in brush form so I can just set it and highlight parts of text and the brush does the rest.

    2 votes
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