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  1. Locate where a specific colour is used in your document

    It would be really useful to be able to find exactly where a colour is used in a document. When you get a document from a third party and there are extra colours in it that you are trying to eliminate it is sometimes very difficult to track them down.

    You can convert the colour to a spot colour then turn on separations and do a visual check but, apart from being time consuming and relying on it being large enough to be easily spotted, it won't help if the colour has been defined as part of a style.

    315 votes
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  2. PLEASE!!!! The most powerful design app in the world, and after all these years STILL no HSB in the color picker.

    Hue, saturation and value are by far the best ways to create and use color, in nearly anything. All of the other color selections/spaces (CMYK, RGB, LAB, etc) should flow from there, secondarily. Illustrator and Photoshop have always supported HSB(V), and yet as amazing a design tool as InDesign is – it still doesn't. Many of us have been asking for years, and I'm surprised that there aren't more requests ... I think many of us have given up. You can do it, Adobe! You would make a lot of designers very happy, and add a very powerful missing feature…

    131 votes
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  3. Change the Eyedropper Tool back to default on the tool bar instead of the Color Theme Tool.

    The standard Eyedropper Tool used to be the default option on the Tool bar. This was convenient for sampling colors as well as text styles. Now, there is no way to change the default from the Color Theme Tool to the Eyedropper. The Color Theme Tool has its place in Illustrator, but as InDesign is mostly used for text, it is crucial that the Eyedropper Tool is quickly accessible. In my career, I have barely used the Color Theme Tool in InDesign, whereas I use the Eyedropper daily. It is frustrating for my coworkers and I to now change it…

    68 votes
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  4. Change Color picker

    As a long time photoshop and illustrator user I can't handle the InDesign color picker. For a while I would get my color code from Photoshop/illustrator then copy that color into InDesign but it's become such a pain I've stopped using InDesign all together. At least give us an option for a color swatch that matches the other designs. It's literally causing my to give up using the app completely!

    56 votes
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  5. The current Pantone Plus Color swatches (Color Bridge in particular) are not being updated when the Adobe software updated with updates

    The Pantone Swatches do not update when updating Adobe software in the cloud. And updating with Pantone Color Manager is completely inane.

    I have the most recent update for Adobe (InDesign CC Release 2017.1, and a build of 12.1.0.56 x64) and have loaded the most recent Pantone Color Manager to update the Pantone Plus Color Bridge colors (i started with one color library... updating all libraries would take at least a half day)

    After updating:
    1. I can no longer search for colors as I used to, so I manually have to scroll through the whole list to find the…

    31 votes
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  6. Same color management in all adobe product

    This will be a great feature for simplicity and collaborative work.

    Actually, each program have a different system for choose color, and I'm sure you can improve that with give the same logical and features in all program.
    Import photoshop palet in Indesign or Illustrator and vice versa...
    Add the Color them Tool in photoshop and Illustrator...and maybe why not in After Effect and Premiere...
    Sure you can do something great and identical in all your great products, even if you have not need CMJN/Pantone etc.. colors in video projects.

    30 votes
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  7. Searchable colors

    I think it would be beneficial to have searchable color names in the swatches - so if I were to be replacing one color with another, I could type the name of the color I am looking to replace. to narrow down my search.

    25 votes
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  8. Stop Giving a Fill Color When Using the Line Tool.

    My OCD makes me switch the fill color (when using the line tool) to No Color. It would be great if there was no fill color when using the line tool.

    25 votes
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  9. color picker isn't consistent with other software.

    Please allow users to change color picker to Photoshop color picker. Indesign is great except for the nuisance of having a horrible UI for the color picker. I make all my colors in photoshop copy the code then paste it into Indesign.

    15 votes
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  10. Registration black

    Could we please have the option to disable / hide / move [Registration] from the top of the swatches panel?

    14 votes
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  11. Make gradients faster


    1. Sélect Colors or frame Colors (2 or more if it's possible)

    2. Right clic or using shortcuts

    3. Made the gradient directly in the swatches or in a Group

    4. The gradient is made in order the colors are selected

    I think this feature can save time and made easier the way to do gradients

    14 votes
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  12. 14 votes
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  13. The color picker in InDesign is AWFUL!!!

    The color picker in InDesign is AWFUL!!! Please use the same color picker from Photoshop and literally every other software you have.

    11 votes
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  14. It happens to have a color in the color palette that we do not know where it is placed in the document. It would be useful for InDesign to s

    It happens to have a color in the color palette that we do not know where it is placed in the document because it's not visible. It would be useful for InDesign to select it and show you where it is.

    11 votes
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  15. Book synchronize feature does not synchronize color groups

    Color groups are not synchronized via the book feature. I'm happy that the colors inside the group are not lost but placed "normal" on the first level of the color panel.

    But to have all book files with the same order even at the color panel would be great. So please make synchronizing work correctly even at this tiny thing.

    Thanks to Heike Burch for discovering this issue.

    9 votes
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  16. Ability to define a swatch that has a transparent gradient.

    I want to create a swatch in the swatches palette that goes from X% color to no color. The same end result as applying a gradient feather effect but in a swatch so if I apply that swatch to an underline option in a text frame that is sitting above a non-solid color/image, the fade goes transparent and we don't see it fade to white.

    9 votes
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  17. Automatic detection of colors with values in all CMYK plates

    Background:
    For DTP, the color mode must be CMYK. Therefore, RGB black (#000000) is converted to CMYK. This CMYK black color has a value in all CMYK plates. We fix this to K100.

    Request:
    A function that automatically detects colors with values in all CMYK plates. It is best added to the preflight profile. It will greatly help the user.

    Japanese:
    全てのCMYK版に値を持つ色を自動検出

    背景:
    DTPではカラーモードをCMYKにする必要があります。したがって、RGBの黒(#000000)はCMYKに変換されます。この黒はCMYKの全ての版に値を持つ色です。私たちはこれをK100に直します。

    リクエスト:
    全てのCMYK版に値を持つ色を自動検出する機能。プリフライトプロファイルに追加されるのが最善です。それはユーザーを大いに助けるでしょう。

    8 votes
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  18. Add a preference to have to toggle the checkbox default for "Name with Color Value"

    Add a preference to the InDesign Preferences panel so that the checkbox default for Name with Color Value can be set. When creating a new swatch in a document, the default is for the checkbox to be on, but checking the box off changes the name to New Color Swatch. Fine if you're adding one color or many colors in a row, but if adding colors in new documents all the time, this gets annoying.

    8 votes
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  19. Add "Preview" button when creating a new color swatch

    When you have and object selected and a fill or stroke color is applied to it...and you want to create a new swatch using a different color...a "Preview" box in the New Swatch dialog box would be helpful so you can see how it would look before accepting it. Currently, ID will apply your new swatch to your selected object(s) after it's created, so allowing adjustments at the same time could cut down on an extra step should you need to tweak the color.

    8 votes
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  20. Colour picker

    Bring back the old Eyedropper tool, or make it an option.. The RGB one is pretty useless when working in print.

    8 votes
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