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  1. Adjust Layout - Off by default please.

    Finding the new Adjust Layout in InDesign 2019 a bit of a liability as is turned ON by default.

    Can you please add a setting to turn off globally and turn on only when needed? Currently doesn't seem possible.

    Thanks

    144 votes
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      92 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Save Preferences

      For about 14/15 years I never had to reset preferences in InDesign.

      Since CC2017 it's more or less once a week.
      Colors disappearing.. panels blind or empty.. tools not working.. font now showing.
      Panels self increasing size...

      But it seems we have to deal with it, so we probably need a way to SAVE PREFERENCES.
      **Save preferences in a moment everything work fine.. and restore it when (after just few days) nothing works anymore.**

      Every time people have to reset preferences, they have to restore everything. UI colors, workspace, Application Frame (that mac users normally never use) Old Dialog way…

      89 votes
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        4 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Properties Panel More Options

        I quite like the idea of the new Properties Panel, but it would be great to have the options to have the "More Options" items to be expanded permanently. Right now the auto collapse once you change from item to item. I understand if you are working on a laptop, the fact that they auto collapse is helpful but when you are working on a large screen I don't want to keep looking for my options. Please add a preference that makes the expanded options sticky.
        Thanks, Julian

        62 votes
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          In backlog  ·  24 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Option to split table rows across pages

          Lord please, if you're up there, answer our INDD prayers and make this a feature. A LOT of tables have rows with more content than can be held in a single page or bottom of a page. It's impossible to layout a continuous book or brochure if I can't get the table text to split - it doesn't have to be the default, but give me the option - please, please. WORD does this, be better than Word!!

          187 votes
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            38 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Please add proper standard printing condition(s) and icc-profiles

            Adobe, please change the standard color presets for printing to the proper standard printing conditions and profiles that are published by the European Color Initaitive ECI (eci.org.). The icc-profiles are publically available.
            Actually, Adobe still uses outdated FOGRA39 characterization data by default, second Adobe applies FOGRA39 in an own icc-profile that differs from the standard-profile by the ECI.
            FOGRA39 is outdated, it's been replaced by FOGRA51 since years, for good reason. ECI has published the corresponding standard ICC-profile "PSO coated v3", which should find it's way into Adobe's color settings. Please integrate the official ECI-profiles, because these are highly optimized…

            94 votes
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              23 comments  ·  Print/Packaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Groups, Smart Groups, and Searching in Links Panel

              The links panel should support Groups and Smart Groups. Large numbers of links in projects -- especially those that include a lot of InCopy assignments -- get unwieldy.

              Ideally you would be able to make groups and manually move links into them, and also create smart groups that would automatically update. Ideas for common filters that smart groups would be used for:

              All CMKY images, all non-CMYK images, all InCopy links, all links that need to be updated, all links that are embedded or not, all links that are currently on a Hidden Layer or hidden via conditional text, etc.

              34 votes
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                5 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Table of Contents

                Table of Contents styles should be able to take a selected page range, and generate a TOC based on only that page range.

                Many books have multiple TOCs these days — a master TOC up front, and TOCs at the beginning of each chapter or section, and often a hidden TOC that is used to generate PDF bookmarks.

                Being able to limit page ranges would mean less manually edited of generated TOCs, faster TOC generation, and needing to use fewer paragraph/character styles to handle them!

                32 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Long Document Features  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Would like the Links panel to show status, resolution, color information for linked AI and PDF

                  It would be helpful to be able to view the following information for linked AI and PDF files in InDesign's links panel:

                  - Color space of linked AI and PDF files
                  - Status of any links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files
                  - Effective resolution for links or embedded art in linked AI and PDF files

                  31 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Real table footnotes (different from CC2019)

                    Since CC2019 the user is able to add footnotes inside a table. Such notes are added at the bottom, of the textbox. This behavior does not fit to many needs of designer how need real table footnotes.

                    So what is the difference?
                    Real table footnotes stick to the content of the table.
                    In this case the note gives some additional information to the table specific content.
                    Therefore each table should have an own mechanism of numbering that does not mix up with the document footnotes numbering. Additionally the position of table footnotes is most often at the end of the…

                    22 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Tables  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Duplicating pages in InDesign - but not at the end of a document

                      When duplicating pages in Indesign they always appear at the end of the document. We should be able to select where in the document we want the pages to be added, as we do when inserting new pages.
                      So, 'Duplicate Pages''; "Insert Before/After page XX" etc

                      21 votes
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                        4 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • MathML Support

                        We need to have InDesign to support MathML, this is much awaited feature, but not supporting in InDesign yet.

                        Currently we're using 3rd party plugins such as MathType, MathTools, PowerMath, etc. but not meeting our expectation, also high license cost than InDesign.

                        @ALL: Please support to include this feature in InDesign in the very near release.

                        202 votes
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                          46 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Ability to assign a shortcut to [None] in the Character Styles window.

                          Because you sometimes want to REMOVE a character style and it would be very beneficial to be able to use a shortcut for that as well.

                          27 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • XML Import URL

                            Hello,
                            it would be nice if there was an invocation of an xml-file by url. It's time for InDesign to look to the future.

                            9 votes
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                            • Anchored Objects should be able to be sent to back so text can print above the object

                              It would be nice if text could print above an anchored object

                              57 votes
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                                7 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes; endnotes to separate chapter

                                PLEASE add these features to the footnote and endnote functionality of InDesign:
                                - Continuous numbering of footnotes and endnotes throughout the various indd files within a book document
                                - Ability to put the endnotes of the different indd files within a book document in a separate .indd file at the end of the book; numbering continuous OR per chapter.

                                33 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make it obvious in the Page palette when a page dimension has been changed with the Page tool

                                  In a multi-page doc, it is not obvious when the dimensions of individual pages have been changed with the Page tool.

                                  This can waste time or at worst be disastrous if a document at the wrong size is inadvertently sent to print.

                                  I suggest some kind of colour tint or bright border to page thumbnails to clearly identify when a page dimension has changed from the document’s core dimensions.

                                  7 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Anchored Objects need be able to apply a text wrap when placed before their anchor point in text

                                    For example, if the reference text for an image falls on the lower half of a right hand page, but the placement of the image works better at the top of that page—or even on the facing left hand page—the text wrap should be able to work before the object's anchor point in the text. Otherwise, when dealing with long documents, this feature is somewhat useless if you can only anchor some of your objects.

                                    52 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Add additional interactive options to the buttons and forms panel

                                        The buttons and forms panel (used for making interactive form elements for PDF) is missing several options that are available in Acrobat such as:
                                        * insert image button
                                        * insert date button
                                        * insert barcode button

                                        There was a request to do this but it was marked FIXED and (in my humble opinion) is far from fixed - https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/20482882-more-options-when-creating-forms-via-indesign

                                        8 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Table of Contents: Character Style Improvements

                                          TOCs need to be able to do three different things with character styles that are included in text in a generated TOC:

                                          1. The Character Style stays present in the TOC (this is currently what InDesign does)
                                          2. The Character Style is stripped.
                                          3. The Character Style is mapped to another character style.

                                          These settings should accessible in the Style: <stylename> section of the TOC options -- customizable for each paragraph style used to generate the TOC.

                                          The most notable use for the mapping style is when the typeface between the TOC and the body text of the book differs,…

                                          13 votes
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