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  1. Out of gamut warning/highlighting

    It would be nice if, like other Adobe software, InDesign offered an out-of-gamut warning/highlighting option on screen when viewing documents with Proof Colors. It could even be an option in the proof colors setup dialog.

    In practice, corrections to out-of-gamut colors of placed (typically RGB) images does not take place in InDesign. I realize that. But since InDesign may be the point of conversion to CMYK for print-ready PDFs, it could be useful to have a sense of where there might be problem areas in placed images, graphics, etc.

    In some sense, InDesign is last line of defense, and offering…

    4 votes

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  2. Properties Panel Appearance Section

    In the classic "swatches panel" with the "direct selection tool" selected, you can quickly select a text box and change the color of the text within without needing to switch to the text tool. You just select the box and click the "T" within the swatches panel.

    You can not do this with the properties panel. You have to do the extra steps of switching tools to the text and manually selecting the text. Why can't this feature be available as a part of the "appearance" section of the "properties panel" under the "fill" options.

    1 vote

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  3. Remove color group folder when all swatches in it are selected by "Select all unused"

    If all swatches are selected in a group folder by using the "Select all unused" option, also remove the group folder. This will make the workflow for cleaning up the swatches faster by only taking one action instead of also having to remove an empty group folder.

    6 votes

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  4. Add an x to close out a color theme box easily like other panels

    Make it easier to close out the color theme box after using the color theme eye dropper tool. Currently, you have to reselect the color theme tool in the toolbar and press esc, which is not at all obvious, simple, or easy to remember.

    1 vote

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  5. All those missing Pantone Colours

    Has anyone else out there found themselves wondering why Adobe products don't have the very latest Pantone swatches installed as standard? I have a situation today where a customer has found a specific Pantone colour they want to use in a project - but it's a Pantone Plus colour, PMS 2374. If you try to add this swatch in InDesign it won't be there.

    It seems that the only way I can use this PMS colour is to buy a bit of software from Pantone called 'Pantone Color Manager' that costs £90.

    I just find myself thinking that I already…

    3 votes

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    1 vote

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  7. Live color separation

    In Indesign we create the document mostly for printing. But it will be good have a live color separation preview option what is there in Adobe Illustrator.

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  9. Larger Colour Swatch Window and Colour Creation Tools

    When creating or changing a colour in the swatch window the square that shows the colour is tiny and the dragging tools be it in RGB or CMYK are the only way to choose a colour. I feel like more options could easily be availble here in terms of how to pick a colour, like a large "rainbow" grid to drag the mouse around to select exactly what you want. The current system, larger with more fidelity would be incredible!

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  10. The color Picker is in RGB instead of CMYK

    Every inDesign (my version Adobe inDesign CC 2020 15.0.2)

    To open the color picker, go to the toolbar on the left of the screen and double-click on the colored square.

    It would be nice if the color picker is the same in inDesign as the one in Illustrator and Photoshop. The color picker opens in RGB while we are on a document in CMYK.
    We are graphic designers and we use this software because it is designed for printing professionals. The printer works in CMYK so why have a color picker with an RGB color space?

    Or have the possibility…

    2 votes

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  11. Map Process Colors to Spot in Ink Manager

    Allow mapping/alias of process colors CMYK to Spot in Ink Manager. This can be done downstream during the output process, but I would like the ability to preview the change to verify what I will get. Thanks!

    2 votes

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  12. Properties panel: make “Apply to Text” the default for text frames

    When I select a text frame, I find that most of the time I want to change the colour of the text, not the frame. But InDesign defaults to “Apply to Frame“ every single time, which is particularly cumbersome in the properties panel, where the option is now a menu.

    I believe it would be much more useful to have the default either be "Apply to Text“ whenever you choose a text frame or at least remember your preference.

    (I am aware that you can double click to select the text, then select all, then the properties panel applies the…

    1 vote

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  13. 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.

    12 votes

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  14. Swatches palet should ALWAYS 'Add Unnamed Colors'

    Swatches palet should ALWAYS 'Add Unnamed Colors'!
    especially if RGB or SPOT-colours
    regarding printready files

    5 votes

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  15. 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。

    11 votes

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  16. Refresh Library Button

    please add a feature to refresh the libraries, i just made a new pallet in illustrator then added it to the global library , when i went to indesign the colors were not in the library .. does it require a refresh button ?

    2 votes

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  17. Search field in color panel

    I'd like to search / filter the name of the colors in the panel to quickly find what I need...

    2 votes

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  18. Delete swatch / replace swatch

    Please display the swatch that will be deleted on the 'Delete Swatch' dialog box to prevent replacing or deleting the wrong swatch (which is too easily done at the moment).

    Thanks

    3 votes

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  19. Paste Text Only from Other InDesign Documents

    We regularly copy and paste from other InDesign documents. It is really frustrating that every time we do this the incoming swatches and styles are also pasted into the document, resulting in extensive lists of swatches and styles with similar names. Much like the "Preferences - Clipboard Handling - When Pasting Text and Tables from Other Applications - Text Only" option, it would be incredibly useful to offer this feature for "Other InDesign Documents" as well.

    3 votes

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  20. apply swatch to monotone/greyscale with transparency (psd,png,tiff,ai).

    Apply swatch to linked object only currently works with flattened greyscale psd, jpg or tiff. Often I need to change greyscale images WITH TRANSPARENCY (vector and raster) to match colors from other photos in indd. Currently I have to open psd and created several hue adjustment layers, or layers in ai with the color changes, and going back to each as I modify color in the pallette.

    5 votes

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