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  1. Adding a Table tab to the Find/Change dialogue box

    It will be very useful adding to the Find/Change dialog box a new tab for controlling the table and cell by the all options and settings available.

    42 votes

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  2. disable launch image

    Disable Launch Image
    I do not think the launch images in photoshop, indesign and illustrator are culturally sensitive. They should not include any people especially not raunchy females. They should be totally neutral - landscapes, nature, no people please!!

    11 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…

    14 votes

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  4. 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…

    479 votes

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  5. LayoutWindow to get and set view bounds

    With LayoutWindow.bounds I can get and set the bounds of the window, but I want to get and set the bounds of the view port, ie. what the user sees inside the window. If view port bounds is too difficult, then just a centerOfView coordinate would be fine—combined with the already-available zoom value, that would achieve most things I'd need.

    For what it's worth, it is possible to do what I want in Illustrator.

    7 votes

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  6. 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.

    11 votes

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  7. Text wrap around anchored objects needs to work according to settings, regardless of where the anchor is placed.

    Text wrap refuses to wrap properly around my anchored objects regardless of anchor placement in the paragraph or text wrap offset settings.

    This causes the anchored object to overlap the text and/or have inconsistent margin offset around the object. It's erratic and inconsistent among the various objects, even though they all have the exact same object style applied.

    Some of the objects wrap a little better than others - at least they're not overlapping on top of text - but the wrap margins are still inconsistent. Not a single object wraps how I believe it should based on the style…

    5 votes

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  8. Open PDF in INDD

    It is utterly nonsensical that PDFs can be opened and edited in numerous apps, in particular Affinity Publisher, while InDesign cannot. Even Illustrator can do it (with various limitations).

    If Affinity and Markzware and so so many others can manage it - and reliably and accurately manage it - it's farcical that InDesign can't.

    4 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.

    11 votes

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  10. InDesign home screen options

    It would be great if on the InDesign home screen you could:
    • sort recent jobs by name
    • display preview icons at different sizes, and

    • have an X to remove a file from your recent jobs preview list.

    3 votes

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  11. UI Keep Options dialog (and Keep Options in Paragraph Styles)

    Can you please change the layout of the Keep Options Dialog Box so that it is clearer for end users? Attached you find a proposal from my part.
    The differences are:
    • More space between "Keep with Previous" and "Keep with Next" + added a line in between them.

    • Keep with Previous and Keep with Next. In the original it seems like you have to check the first (Keep with Previous) and to use the second (Keep with Next).

    • Indetation of the radio buttons under "Keep Lines Together" so that it is obvious that they are both part…

    2 votes

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  12. Page number ranges in TOC

    Table of contents don't have the ability to add page ranges.

    So the contents look like this:

    Section A . . . . . . . 1

    Section B . . . . . . . 5

    Section C . . . . . . . 9

    When they should look like this:

    Section A . . . . . . . 1-4

    Section B . . . . . . . 5-8

    Section C . . . . . . . 9

    All this needs to be implemented is to have the second number be one page less than…

    5 votes

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  13. Add open documents to a book

    Allow documents to be open when adding them to a book. This used to be allowed. Now you must close all documents before adding them to a book, then re-open them again. Waste of time.

    3 votes

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  14. Zoom possible in presentation mode

    When I set the page to be too long, enabling the presentation mode will show the full content, which makes the page too narrow in the screen to see the details, I want to add the zoom function in the presentation mode.

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  15. Publish Online - repeated issues and lack of certainty with platform

    Don't know if this is the right place, but Publish Online service is variable. Continued messing with the interface and uncertainty about what Adobe's going to do next means that I now will have to purchase Ajar In5 and also rent some server space to put my docs on because of the problems I've had with Publish Online interface and also comments from some of Adobe Community forum members that say it's foolhardy to rely on Adobe to continue supporting Publish Online because it's 'free'.
    Unfortunately, this means that rather than having Illustrator and Photoshop under my subscription, these will…

    2 votes

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  16. Microsoft Publisher to InDesign

    We often are provided with Microsoft Publisher files to work with from our customers and need to work on these within InDesign. As we are running on MAC we can't open them. Would be great if InDesign had a built in method of reading .pub files.

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  17. Launch Art

    Hello everyone. I have a question:

    Why have all of the InDesign launch images been illustrations, when InDesign is a page layout app?

    I'd love to see some cool magazine covers/interiors, or book or package design! Wouldn't that be more appropriate?

    Just sayin' 🙂

    E.

    2 votes

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  18. 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.

    5 votes

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  19. 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.

    5 votes

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  20. 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.

    24 votes

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