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  1. InDesign needs language support for Burmese (Myanmar).

    InDesign needs language support for Burmese (Myanmar). The corporation I am with is doing a lot of translation currently from English to Burmese and InDesign cannot render the characters correctly. We would also be happy to help fund getting this done as well as provide access to our Burmese translation team. No one wants to type set books and manuals in Microsoft Word...

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    InDesign 2020 includes a new text engine to support five new South East Asian languages: Thai, Burmese, Lao, Khmer, and Sinhala.
    Your documents can now include text composed in these languages.
    Hope you find this new feature useful in your work.

    We’re marking this “Feature Request” as Completed.


    Adobe InDesign team

  2. Migrate, Export or Sync all Preferences and Settings

    I find it absolutely UNACCEPTABLE that Adobe has yet to create an easy, reliable and fast way to export/import ALL InDesign preferences and/or settings to another computer.

    Really can't believe that I have to follow a guide and do it manual. Still can't understand why you have this great products and a lack of intelligence to provide easy support, easy backup, easy sync, easy FAQs and all that. You're a mess, Adobe.

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  3. Data merge should include a "Next Record" feature

    Data merge should include a "Next Record" feature, like Word has. I want to merge data into InDesign, but I don't want to duplicate text boxes or pages. I just want to put the placeholders wherever they need to go (like in a table) and merge the data without having a text box for every record.

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  4. Remove hyperlink:

    Remove hyperlink: There is no simple convenient way to remove a hyperlink. When you check, you find, "Edit Hyperlink" or "Go to destination". So, you go to "Edit" and find the hyperlink field, with the only option to delete the hyperlink being the word/letter info of the link that's in the entire field. But then it won't let you do that, saying: "! Invalid Entry". So, you have to reenter the text you had hyperlinked, then delete the text with the hyperlink. Please add a menu line, in both "Text-Hyperlink" and right-mouse-button "Hyperlink" that says and does "Remove Hyperlink", along…

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    If you have InDesign CC 2019, when you select a Hyperlink and look in the Properties panel, you will see 3 buttons – ‘Remove Hyperlink’, ‘Edit Hyperlink’ and ‘Manage Hyperlink’.
    Remove Hyperlink does what it says – it removes the hyperlink. However, it retains the applied Character Style which can be manually changed by clicking the [None] style in the panel.
    Manage Hyperlink opens the Hyperlinks panel (if it’s closed) and Edit Hyperlink lets you edit it.

    Hope this helps.

    Adobe InDesign team

  5. YAML and JSON

    I don't know if this should go into the scripting category.

    But could you please extent InDesign's capability or range when it comes to import or process data files, using structured data and Data Merge etc.

    From only accepting CSV files to also accept, JSON and YAML

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  6. When creating a QR Code in InDesign, Allow User to select VCARD Version

    We are having issues with the QR Code generator due to its 2.1 version of the VCARD. Not all readers and phones interpret that correctly, resulting in parsing errors depending on the scanner software used. It would be useful to allow the user to select which VCARD standard they want to use, such as VCARD 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, etc. This will create the metadata to be compatible with more current versions of scanning software. Not sure if version 2.1 is deprecated, but it's not always supported anymore (e.g. RedLaser, etc) causing parsing issues on the address line with iOS as…

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  7. Target cell styles in find/change

    Working with long tables would be easier if find/change could be limited by cell style.

    It would be even better if this find/change could include inserting text when there is nothing present in the cell.

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  8. Add Graph

    A graph creating option, similar to one on Illustrator.

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  9. Have InDesign remember the size of its application window from last time used

    Have InDesign remember the size of its application window from when it was last used and have it open in that same size the next time used. Illustrator and Photoshop already do this...

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  10. Illustrator's color blindness proof setups available also in InDesign

    t would be a big help for those of us who have to create accessible documents to have Illustrator's color blindness proof setups available also in InDesign.

    Pushing a PDF to Illustrator to check this is an awkward workaround.

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  11. Extract Each Page In Separated INDD Files

    Please add a function to extract each pages of the document in separated INDD files like the wonderfull script called "Extract Pages"

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  12. GPU support on non Retina Macs

    Please enable support for GPU utilisation on non Retina enabled screens. My graphics card is more than able to lever this ability, it's just my Mac 27" is not Retina.

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  13. Add conditions to Data Merge

    There should be conditions in data merge to include or exclude text based on the data in a record. For example, consider a set of business cards. Some users might have a Twitter handle or mobile number, some might not. Currently there is no way to omit empty fields and any text that might go with it, like an "M" and tab to prefix a mobile number and the line break after it. There should be a way to make that text conditional on whether the field is empty or what is in it.

    e.g. IF @mobile<>"",M^t@mobile^p,,)

    If the mobile…

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  14. One-click, easy install for Hunspell dictionaries

    Please, please make the adding of Hunspell language dictionarys easier.

    Have just added a Hunspell language dictionary to InDesign. Wow! What a difficult un-user friendly process. I had to Google to find the baffling instuctions and followed the lengthy guide on InDesignSecrets website.

    It's not just me that finds the whole thing so complicated - the InDesignSecrets instructions end with the following words -
    "I never expected installing Hunspell dictionaries to be such an ordeal. And I can understand if these instructions have scared you off. But if you’ve made it all the way down here, you’re obviously need to…

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  15. Document Time Tracker

    This would be a feature to see the dates / time spent on a document. It could be accessed in the documents info panel (attached). This feature would be useful for client invoicing and project managing especially in advertising where time is money.

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  16. Multiple items on clipboard

    Control+C+1=(copy object 1)
    Control+V+1=(paste object 1)

    Control+C+2=(copy object 2)
    Control+V+2=(paste object 2)

    Control+C+3=(copy object 3)
    Control+V+3=(paste object 3)

    Which would allow you to have multiple copy and paste items on the clipboard

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  17. End-notes and Footnotes URLS

    I do a lot of books for Print and digital (pdf and ePub). End-notes have always been a problem, even now that Indesign supports End-notes.

    For PDF and ePub export , in order to have the end-note reference clickable to redirect the user to it's corresponding end-note, then a link back again, I have to do this manually.

    This is a massive manual process...

    1. Let's say I have 100 end-notes. With each end-note reference, I have to place a new 'Hyperlink Destination' (for the return link)... That's going through the document, and placing 100 hyperlink destinations.

    2. Then, I go to…

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  18. CMYK to RGB export should always translate 100K to RGB 0,0,0

    As per the title, when working with a CMYK document with 100K blacks, when exporting to RGB, these should always get translated to RGB 0,0,0 - regardless of what Printing/Exporting setting is used in the Appearance of Black preference menu.

    Right now, when exporting a CMYK document to RGB (regardless of whether you use PDF, PNG or JPG), if your Appearance to Black Print/Export setting is set to "Output All Blacks Accurately", you will end up with incorrect black levels. What really should be RGB 0,0,0 ends up being RGB 35,31,32 or so. This is true even when working with…

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  19. Asset Export

    Asset Export Window that is in Adobe Illustrator would be a very useful feature in Indesign

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  20. History panel a la Photoshop

    Photoshop has a history panel, extremely useful when undoing edits, or simply reviewing them, etc. This would be awesome in InDesign, and all other Adobe programs too.

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