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  1. Lock Pages - Lock Pages to prevent changes when specific page design has been finalized

    I'm working on a 55 page Yearbook and I'm now working on a page per page basis; I complete one page and move on. Some of the pages I know FOR SURE that they are done; I would love to be able to lock them to prevent further changes. They would not be altered by master page changes or anything else; just locked and ready to go.

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  2. Enable Hyperlinks to Stay Live in PDFs ... Even After Importation into InDesign

    Hi folks

    We have figured out a 'work-around' to the problem of maintaining live hyperlinks in PDFs throughout the entire exporting/importing process in InDesign. However, it's purely a bandaid - although it works well. It would be great to have this process built in as a feature. I've attached a PDF with our workflow methodologies for your review.

    9 votes

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  3. Cross-Reference feature

    I'm an avid user of InDesign; currently working on a book-length document of about 150 pages. I often want to cross-reference something said earlier; however it is buried somewhere in the hundreds of paragraphs of the article story format. That means it's very hard to find that paragraph so that I can simply refer to the page number it's on (see attached file of image capture).

    Here's my suggestion: Add a field in the cross-reference dialog box where you can copy in a few leading words of the paragraph you want to find, then have the paragraph text field find…

    9 votes

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  5. Make it easier to reorder and group pages.

    Not that I want inDesign to be Keynote, but they're kicking butt in the page re-ordering department. I make presentations a lot in inDesign, and re-ordering, nesting and duplicating pages is a huge pain.
    In Keynote you can move them around, group them, duplicate sections, nest them and a few other things, with no problem. inDesign's pages window is due for a reboot.

    9 votes

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  6. Master Page variables

    Let's say you have a master page that your entire document uses. The document has several sections and is colour coded. The only difference between each section is a coloured band. It would be amazing if there was a way to set a variable to the section which would change the colour of that bar. Presently the only way to do this is to make several master pages and change the bar in each one.

    9 votes

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  7. QR Code

    I think it would be great if the QR codes that are generated can be actually tracked. The number of users, where it was scanned, etc. Basically, Google Analytics but only for QR codes.
    It would make things a great deal easier instead of setting up Google Analytics to track this information.

    8 votes

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  8. Bigger preview in Import pdf panel

    It is hard to see the PDF preview in the Import PDF panel.
    It would be great if you could choose the size of the thumbnail or adjust the size of the entire panel.

    8 votes

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  9. Eliminate document size limits

    It would be great if there weren't size limit on documents. I am currently working on a very large design for a trade show booth. And I have to do it in Photoshop due to the size limits of InDesign. It is taking so much longer than it needs to because every time I try to transform or resize something, it takes 20 minutes to complete a small task Doing this in InDesign would be way better.

    8 votes

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  10. Overscroll Feature

    It would be so nice to be able to enable overscroll in Indesign like you can in Photoshop. It feels so claustrophobic not being able to overscroll.

    8 votes

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  11. Cross-reference window really too small

    I have to cross-reference dozens and dozens (not to say hundreds and hundreds) of items according to their item number. Of course, they all have a paragraph style and can be found, but not easily: the dialog box for the cross-reference is way too small, displaying only 6 items at the time and we need to scroll and scroll and scroll. On top of that, the items do not appear in alphabetical (or in this case by increasing number) but just randomly. Hair loss guaranted and nerve breaking after an hour of work on the menu too. Would it be…

    8 votes

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  12. Footnotes from all text frames and tables on every page

    My booklets almost always have a complex layout with some (2-5) tables with visible or invisible borders and (2-5) text frames on one page.
    I need there a consistent numbering of footnotes at the end of the page or spread from all tables and text frames on that page (separate for every page). I.e. real footnotes for the whole page not for a single text frame.

    A lot of people for sure have the same issue.

    New endnotes feature in October 2017 update does not resolve the problem at all.

    This input may be closely related to “Please make…

    8 votes

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  13. Option to replace a master page that is being deleted with a different master page

    When working on long documents, especially while using the book feature, it would be helpful to have the option to replace one master with another. So if I want to delete "Master A", a dialog box would say "Remove Master A and replace with: [list of other master pages to choose from]".

    Currently if I want to remove a master page and replace it, I have to go through all 900 of my pages and apply the replacement master.

    7 votes

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  14. datamerge control layer visibility and ability to control more via data

    would be cool if we could select the ID-layers-visibility via datamerge. (like Photoshop can do since CS1)
    For example:

    data1: layer1 is visible, layer 2 is invisible
    data2: layer2 is visible, layer 1 is invisible
    etc.

    AND: it would be great to select objectstyles via datamerge. like XMPie can do.

    But XMPie is far much too expensive for small daily business.

    7 votes

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  15. many users working on the same file simultaneously.

    2 users - one is working on pages 1 to 20, other one is working from 21 to the end - but file is the same.

    7 votes

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  16. Make the 'next page' button in the bottom left have a drop down to toggle it between next page and next spread.

    When scrolling through a document now, the view jumps between let and right. It might be less disorientating to switch quickly through the spreads than jumping left and right.

    7 votes

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  17. Why doesn't ID have a blur filter?

    My suggestion for ID is it should have a blur filter along with all the other filters available. it seems it has everything but blur. I use the gradient blur filter all the time for layouts and it's a time saver, so I would love a gaussian blur to also be there so I don't have to go back and forth from ID and PSD.

    6 votes

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  18. Managing multiple tabs in InDesign is an abomination

    Managing multiple tabs in InDesign is an abomination. Firstly, the tolerance between reshuffling tabs and pulling a tab out to a separate window is far too small. Try doing this on a 4K screen, move your mouse a couple of millimetres up or down and all of a sudden your tab is now it's own window. Worse still is that when you pull it back into the tabs, it goes right to the back.

    This leads me to my second issue. The lack of any way to reshuffle tabs that have multiple tabs in between. There are two ways to…

    6 votes

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  19. Google Photos and Docs Integration

    It would be great if you could place photos or text from Google services - Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Drive. InDesign would simply need to integrate the Google APIs for those services, then it would be seamless to import these objects - better yet would be supporting of links, so edits to Docs could be updated in InDesign the same way changed photos show update status of linked photos.

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  20. Change PDF page number / .ai artboard number without placing the file each time

    In a similar sense to the Object Layer Options, it would be awesome if there was a context menu option to switch to a different page number in .pdf and different artboards in .ai files.

    This way when inserting a multiple page PDF For example, I can copy the object then go into the context menu and select the next desired page. Currently I spend more time looking through the OS filesystem to place the same PDF again.

    6 votes

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