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  1. Export the complete Text

    To make the text contents of a document available for other users or applications one should be able to export the whole text (meaning every piece of text in the whole document. To a single text file (rtf or txt). Currently I am able to this with a plugin
    (https://www.rorohiko.com/wordpress/indesign-downloads/text-exporter/) but I feel this should be within the scope of the program itself.

    15 votes
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  2. Saving

    It would be helpful if there were a revert feature is a TIME-STAMPED revert to previously saved - Or revert to the first time you exported a pdf... Something to that sorts would help if you've already hit save more than once.

    1 vote
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  3. find/replace should show element in middle of the screen

    find/replace should show element in middle of the screen

    11 votes
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  4. Let users know (via email) if they should update their system or not

    Guys, if you could let us know if we (Mac users) should update our Macs or not, that would be great. You got our emails. You could just send one email to all registered users 'hi guys, our products are not ready for new version of your OS, please be careful with update'. It costs you nothing. That would save a lot of our nerves. Of course, we could check your website before updating, but it is so inconvenient.

    5 votes
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  5. Change ID's file locating from absolute addresses to relative

    When I change the name of my project folder, housing all of my ID and art/font folders, InDesign stops linking to the art folder. This is annoying. Is this happening because my art files are in a folder named something other than Links?

    2 votes
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  6. Dragon by Nuance to dictate directly into InDesign

    This is an ADA accessibility issue.

    Allow Dragon by Nuance to dictate text directly into InDesign. (Mac, Dragon 6.0.7).

    This is been a constant problem with compatibility between Dragon and InDesign. I've spoken with both companies help departments about this and each blames the other for not being compatible.

    That is where things stood until for different problem I had to have Adobe help via remote access login as root and remove all Adobe installations and files.

    After complete reinstall of Adobe products in design accepted dictation from Dragon for about three days. This to me indicates it is a…

    5 votes
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  7. Show options when placing artwork

    In previous versions, I didn't have to click the options button to see the options for placing a graphic or PDF. The current version makes me click an option button. It makes no sense. Just show the options. Always. And have the program remember what you did the last time, or make make it so you can set a default the way you want it. Having the options visible without having to click another button would save me a lot of time. You had it right before.

    2 votes
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  8. auto save

    where i can set up a selected time that the document saves eg every 5 minutes

    5 votes
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  9. 6 votes
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  10. Zoom possible in presentation mode

    In presentation mode (Shift + W) the page will scaled to the screen-size. It#s bad, especially if the layout/page is very small. It would be great if I can zoom to 100% (cmd + 1) in presentation mode!!

    10 votes
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  11. Redirect links when file name changes.

    Like a website that uses redirection for old pages, it would be nice to have a way to redirect InDesign links to new links. For example, when a file name changes due to a version number, date, or whatever.

    the way I imagine it working is leaving a txt file behind with the old asset's name that has the new assets name within it. (maybe there is a better way to do this)

    that way, when assets change names, InDesign checks the txt file and looks in the new directory or for the new link before marking it as a…

    3 votes
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  12. Indexes

    When creating an Index, you are limited to populate ONLY one Index style format. If you want create more Indexes like the Index format, you can't, you are forced to use the Table of Contents style. Look at MS Word, you can create a General Index, a Index of Cases and Index of Figures.

    My suggestion: improve the Index function with the ability to create multiple Indexes, that follow the actual Index format (not the Table of Contents Format)

    8 votes
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  13. 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...

    13 votes
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  14. A archive/backup save feature

    I recently was working on a highly important document. InDesign crashed AT THE SAME TIME as it was in the process of saving the file. I do regular saves, but because of how it crashed I couldn't revert to an earlier saved version of my file. My new workflow is to regularly save my work and I use sequential numbers e.g. filename-v01, filenam- v02. I also sometimes will use save as and create a new file called filename-backup and then I will have to do another save as to revert the document back to filename.indd. What would suit my workflow…

    2 votes
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  15. Email Invoices

    Its 2017, how about you start making an option available to email invoices for Creative Cloud? I have to go to 3 different accounts every month to print these manually for my accounts department. Its RIDICULOUS.

    1 vote
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  16. Faster way of following hyperlinks

    Make it so Ctrl-clicking a hyperlink (or cross-reference) takes you to the destination instead of having to clumsily open a dialog box, find the link, and push the corresponding button. (Didn't Pagemaker do this long ago?)

    5 votes
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  17. Improvement Indesign Accessibility Features

    I use Indesign to create accessible PDFs but there are a few features that should be there.

    TABLES
    Automatic Header Column and Header Row tagging. At the moment Header Column is recognized but not Header Row. If this was implemented you could go a step further and add ID tags and scope automatically. This would be a huge time saver since this all has to be done manually in Acrobat. It would also be nice to have an option to specify the Title of the table as a caption tag.

    FOOTNOTES
    At the moment you have to add the proper…

    16 votes
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  18. Isolate levels in a group

    Be able to double click to reach a group object but isolate all the objects in that grouping level, e.g:
    You have a placed graphic with flyouts or annotations but if its grouped and more often than not you have to double-click edit and exit the group and keep double-clicking until you reach your desired object.

    4 votes
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  19. Find/Change: search multiple formats, NOT & OR options, multiple changes, drop-downs

    I work with books, some of them very long and complex. Because I'm strict about styles and consistency, and because the authors rarely are, I have to use Find/Change a lot. It is by far the part of InDesign that I find most lacking.


    1. Instead of clicking to get to find format or change format options, pick from drop-down(s) right there on the F/C dialog. At least for styles (but ideally also for fonts, swatches, etc.).


    2. Search multiple styles at once (but not all styles, as happens when you don't select one in the find format area). For example: find…

    21 votes
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  20. SVG Export

    InDesign should be able to export either entire pages or selections into SVG. The JavaScript for exporting SVG is crap. The export should also include the fonts as well as checkboxes from forms. Form fields are not supported in most of the plug-ins. SVG is a very important standard. We used ist for maps, layouts etc. shown as small preview e.g. the cover of a book, forms, adverts etc.

    51 votes
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