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  1. Improving the various options of footnotes

    In one of the latest versions of InDesign, endnotes have undergone a significant upgrade as they have become live endnotes than static endnotes. But unfortunately, the footnotes are left far behind.
    We really ask that you rewrite the footnote feature so that the following features are possible:
    1) Select all the footnotes at once (by Cmd + A or Ctrl + A)
    2) Option to split footnotes into a number of columns is different from the main text (not just span footnotes but complete control over the number of columns)
    3) Continuous footnotes in the same paragraph (run-in).
    4) Possibility…

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  2. Gradient Angle should be saved in Swatches

    Colour gradients can only be saved linearly without angles.
    It would be nice if the angle could also be saved in the colour gradient, especially for texts and lines.

    22 votes

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  3. Would like to be able to anchor images anywhere and have the text wrap respected

    Specific anchor location is important for placements in ePub/HTML exports. However, there are a couple major drawbacks with InDesign's current anchoring abilities.

    (1) If an image is supposed to appear after a certain paragraph, but that paragraph ends on the previous spread, you cannot anchor the image to the paragraph it belongs with on the previous spread. (see screenshot: ToPreviousSpread.png). This seems to defeat the purpose of an anchored object. It can't be anchored so will not travel with re-flowing text and it will not Export to ePub/HTML in that specific location.

    (2) Images cannot be anchored after their placement…

    3 votes

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  4. grid edit quick access from properties panel

    alt+doubleclick is learned behaviour to edit links, for example. I would love to see this work on the properties panel, esp to tweak the grid settings, internally llinking to the preferences UI. That would save a lot of time and be quite simple to implement.

    I use about 2/3 of the CC products regularly and the heterogeneous ui functionality drives me batty. in psd i click on the number and drag, in ai it takes three clicks to do the same. WHY?!?

    2 votes

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  5. "Use Typographer's Quotes" should be an option in Character and Paragraph styles

    "Use Typographer's Quotes" should be an option in Character and Paragraph styles.
    I generally use typographer's quotes. But when I'm typing in feet, inches, etc. I want the associated sign to be straight, e.g., 5' and 6". I should be able to make a style to do this. (Rather than going to (Type --> insert special character --> quotation marks) every time I want to do this.

    7 votes

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  6. Package certain pages from an InDesign file.

    It'd be great to be able to package certain pages from an InDesign file. Eg.: four pages in the middle of a 230 page document. Package a working file, fonts, art, PDF etc.

    5 votes

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  7. Smart Text Reflow + Data Merge

    When using Data Merge, if text is too long to fit on the standard 2-page Master page spread, then InDesign should automatically create additional pages (either by repeating the Master spread, or allowing Master spreads to consist of more than 2 pages) utilizing Smart Text Reflow to continue the text thread instead of oversetting the text.

    My personal use case: I am working with a teacher at a university to create a literature magazine, and need to compile multiple long-form submissions into one document. Since up to 200 students could be submitting work, it is important that this can be…

    5 votes

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  8. Please add HEIC format support to place these images directly in Indesign without having to convert them to jpeg.

    Please add HEIC format support to place these images directly in Indesign without having to convert them to jpeg.

    16 votes

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  9. Add alternate text for hyperlinks

    The DOM is not available to add the alternate text for the hyperlinks. For accessibility, the alternate text is required for hyperlinks and the same is available in the latest InDesign app. I hope Javascript DOM might be useful to automate this.

    4 votes

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  10. Paragraph shading (and borders) should be able to clip/inset based on the text box

    Paragraph shading extends outside of the text box. This is especially annoying when shaded text spans over multiple pages (see screenshot: AutoShading.png). It would be great if it could automatically clip and inset based on the text box—see screenshot: HowItShouldLook.png. The current solutions I can think of are really messy and easily negated.

    2 votes

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  11. Would like to be able to apply formatting to text variables

    You should be able to somehow apply formatting to text variables. (See screenshot: TextVariable.png). The running header on the right hand page is based on the "chapter title" on the left hand page, but the italics can't be applied. It would be nice if you could apply a GREP style, or even a nested style, to the paragraph style that is applied to running header.

    2 votes

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  12. Better text variables

    Text variables are so... basic at the moment.

    Can it get some love like GREPs search has? Unbelievable that you can't pull the first page or section titles... but how about some simple math operations in there too and combine them with GREP operations? Would be hugely useful to have some dynamic tools like this added to make on page information update in response to layout changes.

    2 votes

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  13. Letters after a number i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th to automatically beocme supersrcipt while typing

    InDesign to recognise the "st", "nd", "rd", and "th" after a number and make it superscript for numbers.

    1 vote

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  14. Please make it for ChromeOS

    The only thing I still use computers for is mild browsing when I need a larger screen than my phone, and creating a program once a year for a convention. I don't want to invest $600+ in a laptop just to use InDesign when my Chromebook is more than enough for everything else. Please make it accessible either online or for ChromeOS. It's long overdue.

    2 votes

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  15. If short form for the unit Points is "pkt" in could "pt" be accepted as alias instead of giving error message?

    In Swedish version of InDesign (and other Adobe Apps) to enter a unit in points we must type "pkt" where I believe most languages accept "pt". It would be a better experience for the user if the software would accept either "pt" or "pkt", especially if teaching a class where there are users with different language versions following the same instructions. There is no point in receiving an error that an invalid unit has been entered if the intent is clear, and unambiguous.

    Please change so that either pt or pkt can be entered as unit, that the unit is…

    6 votes

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  16. Round corners in table cells

    I would love to be able to specify round corners on table cells, rows, and columns.

    6 votes

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  17. Add "redefine style" button

    I, and probably many other users, often use the "redefine style" button in the various style windows (mainly paragraph and object styles, but also character style etc.).

    This is a very visual-centered iterative process, with a lot of tweaking, refining and tweaking again. And the "redefine style" is a key component in that process.

    It should be reduced to a single click of a button, instead of right-clicking and choosing it from the menu - just as "clear overrides" has a button of it's own.

    I've added the current paragraph stye menu, and an updated one with the dedicated "redefine…

    3 votes

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  18. When updating links (like from Illustrator) being able to select 'apply to all’

    When updating imported files we get a warning that e.g. the layers are altered. In the concerning warning boxes (extra if multiple pages are involved) it would be very handy to have a checkbox to ‘apply to this or to all'.

    2 votes

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  19. Share for review - zoom in on document with multiple page sizes

    I have a document with pages of different sizes, ranging from 4"x3" to 90"x90". When I share it to review and view it in the browser, I can't zoom in on the smaller pages. It's like the maximum zoom value is set by the width of the largest page in the document.

    Please let us zoom in/out freely on the documents.

    1 vote

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  20. Folders in Pages Panel

    Folders in Pages Panel would be most excellent!! So multiple chapters/sections of long documents can be combined and closed up for quicker navigation.

    2 votes

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