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  1. Interactive/Button and Forms/PDF Options - Add Text Field option for flush left, centered or flush right

    Text Fields are all flush left. Add an option to make them flush left, centered or flush right. I create interactive PDFs. Every time I export to a PDF, I open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro and have to manually change Prepare Form/Text Field Properties/Options/Alignment to the desired alignment to "centered" or "flush right" since the default is "flush left." This option would be a great time saver and save on my frustration.

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  2. Please add editable presets for Quick Export menu in the new share menu

    It would be very helpful to customize the Quick Export presets to the user’s needs. Also a setting how many presets are displayed would be great. Three options are maybe not enough for most users.

    17 votes
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  3. Make layered PDFs Illustrator compatible

    Currently, layers made from PDF exported in InDesign are not preserved when the PDF is opened in Illustrator. Would be real helpful if they were.

    2 votes
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  4. Failed to export pdf file - why?

    The export process dies with the error mesage "Failed to export pdf file".

    Please include the cause of the error! How can a simple user figure out what was the cause of the error? Practically the whole production process stops here, because inDesign continuously refuses to export the PDF.
    I'm able to export the PDF 2-3 times, then the error comes. I can get rid of the error only by restarting the computer - obviously not a solution when working on catalogs.

    Dear IT team, please include what is the cause of the PDF export problem.

    13 votes
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  5. InDesign needs to export to PDF/UA

    There is currently no option to export to PDF/UA compliant PDF files. PDF/UA is an ISO standard and base for compliance to accessibility laws.

    Especially in the public sector, where you need to create documents that comply to accessibility regulations this is a must!

    We plan to use InDesign to create accessible PDF forms at a public university in Austria. We are bound by laws to only use software, that allows us to produce accessible content. The creative cloud bundle and acrobat are industry standards, and it is not understandable, why InDesign as part of this suite does not apply…

    3 votes
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  6. ability to choose layers to print in the print dialogue

    It would be nice to have the ability to activate/deactivate layers in the print / export dialogue box, especially when printing book-files which contains a lot of documents with language layers. Now I'll have to open all documents one-by-one to switch language before I can print /export the complete book file for that language.

    3 votes
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  7. Need MORE features in InDesign's FORM tools.

    We need more controls in InDesign's FORMS tools.

    Although this was requested in https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/20482882-more-options-when-creating-forms-via-indesign, it was closed after font controls were added.

    That's Not Enough! In fact, it's probably the least needed form feature of all.

    The short list of what's needed:

    — Add calculations and formula to a form field.

    — Add JavaScripts and other programming to a form field.

    — Color the background fill of a form field...and have it "stick" in the PDF, not be overridden by the user's Acrobat settings.

    — When using tables to create a matrix of form fields for layout purposes, we…

    3 votes
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  8. Make the Set Tab Order... panel resizable and interactive elements be allowed to be grouped into Sets

    Make the Set Tab Order... panel resizable. When there are numerous interactive elements on a page, the tiny Set Tab Order panel is cumbersome to use. Make it re-sizable for convenience. Also interactive elements should also be able to be grouped into Sets in the Set Tab Order panel for easy sorting.

    1 vote
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  9. PDF progress

    Hi When exporting to PDF, would it be possible in the next available version to put a percentage figure in the top left of the toolbar (next the the pdf bars). This would save having to open the background panel to see the progress of the PDF creation. Thanks from an inpatient designer. H

    4 votes
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  10. Have the ability to format text boxes with date, time, currency, etc. Also ability to format buttons (save)

    Because I use a template to make multiple copies of a personalized document/form. I constantly have to go into the PDF after each export to format fillable text boxes with the date format, currency format, etc. The same goes for the buttons. I have multiple save buttons as well as send form buttons that I have to "reprogram" each time I change the source InDesign file. It seems to be something that should be handled in the InDesign file. If you can choose Print why not Save?

    1 vote
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  11. Include original INDD filename in metadata on PDF export

    Include original INDD filename in metadata on PDF export.

    I often get PDFs from clients, usually well after a job has been completed, where they want to update it, or base a new document on the PDF. Some clients, no matter how many times you tell them not to, change the name of the PDF file, making it a little more difficult to find the source file. Or a new client will send me a PDF that I did not create... then I have to ask for the source file, and of course you get "deer in the headlights eyes".…

    2 votes
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  12. Automatically convert table cells to fillable forms for PDF

    Currently, as far as I know, adding fillable forms to a table requires drawing a text frame above each form. This is time consuming. It should be possible to create text fields from existing cells.

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  13. Fold marks in export settings for spreads

    Hello,

    I work with cover spreads quite a bit....3 facing pages. Back Cover-Spine-Front Cover. The printer I work with, a very large commercial printer, requests fold marks on the spine. They want them the same size/offset as the outer crop marks. When you have a spread and you check "crop marks" in the export settings, InDesign puts marks on the spine that are smaller and offset further away from the trim than the outer marks. They really do no good. I think it would be extremely beneficial if there was a "Fold Mark" option in the export settings for when…

    7 votes
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  14. Make two windows workable while exporting.

    I need to edit other files while waiting for the pdf export to finish.
    Please make a second window workable while exporting to pdf on the other.

    2 votes
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  15. Allow interactive elements when exporting print pdf.

    If anyone needs to create a template with bleeds and crops that can be filled out by another party and sent to print, they have to use PDF form fields which doesn't have a paste in place feature so the elements aren't shifting around a page. Also, if I have to make edits to the InDesign pdf, I have to copy, paste and rearrange the form elements over again.

    1 vote
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  16. Hyperlinks checked by default option

    The problem: I have a document. I go to Files --> Export as PDF --> In this window I can check the box saying "Hyperlinks". It's always unchecked. I want it to ALWAYS be checked by default.

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  17. Export from Pages Panel

    The Pages panel — with pages selected — has a "print spreads/print pages" option in the contextual menu.

    An option to export the selected spreads/pages to PDF would be useful, especially if it could be done seamlessly, without need for the Export Adobe PDF dialog.

    Alternatively, the CMD-E shortcut with pages/spreads selected in the pages panel should bring up the Export Adobe PDF dialog with the selected page range already entered.

    This would be especially useful when exporting contiguous pages!

    4 votes
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  18. Offset Crops Marks bigger than 1 in

    We need the offset crops marks to be bigger than 1 inch in Indesign, Illustrator and Photoshop.

    And Crops Marks should automatically offset the same distance as the bleed

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  19. PDF of thumbnails of file

    This is a basic feature request. Let me send clients a 2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail PDS for easy printing and comparison. Currently, the print dialog box says PDF of thumbnails not supported.

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  20. Alignment-options when creating Forms via InDesign

    Now it's possible to set fonts/typefaces but I am missing the alignment for the text (right, left, centered) and furthermore the format-selection (currency, numbers, date, percent ...)

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