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  1. Remove first line indent after a heading

    We need an option to set First Line Indent to zero when a paragraph follows a heading.

    For example, perhaps you have Head1, Head2, and BodyText. Head2 is based on Head1. BodyText has a first line indent. My suggestion is that InDesign should have a checkbox labeled "Set first line indent to zero when following:" and then provide a list of paragraph styles in the document.

    You could either allow people to choose Head1 AND Head2 (multiple selection list), or you could allow them to choose Head1 and it would automatically apply to Head2 because that is based on Head1.

    45 votes
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  2. Refine "No Break" by providing suboptions

    While hyphenation preferences can be refined at the Paragraph (style) level, Character (style) options only provide a boolean “No Break” attribute which prevents line breaks whatever the location of the text in the layout.

    Note, for example, that “Hyphenate Across Column” is available as a paragraph option while the user may actually want to turn on/off column breaks from within a character style. The “No Break” attribute is then too harsh, since it fully disallows line breaking.

    Suppose a ITEMS character style is associated to proper names or book titles. We may want to allow regular line breaking for these…

    41 votes
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  3. 9 votes
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  4. Functionality to apply kerning before the first letter in a line

    Feature Description: This feature should work like in Illustrator or Photoshop (even After Effects can do it). Please see attached screen capture.

    How it should work:
    1. Insert the cursor before the first character in a line
    2. Use the kerning in the character panel or with the shortcuts (ALT + arrow keys)
    3. kerning should be applied

    Why: This would be a productivity enhancement and make it much easier to optically align the first letter in a line manually without having to use the Optical Margin alignment that only works for a whole story.

    100 votes
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  5. Full support to Mongolian vertical LTR and reading its font open type feature to combine characters

    Full support to Mongolian vertical LTR and reading its font open type feature to combine characters. Currently using Mongolian Baiti or Noto Sans Mongolian fonts the characters in the words do not connect to the correct initial, medial or final forms. Only isolated forms are displayed. We tried any current settings but the characters do not combine. Is there a function to do this? We have not found any plug-ins so far. Perhaps it could be that the open type tables are not read which may be one reason for this. See the attached IndDesign file

    36 votes
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  6. some difficulties when typing Hebrew and English text in same paragraph or line

    the comma always moves at the wrong position than placed.
    see this video where i describe the problem

    8 votes
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  7. Make column rules continue in footnotes

    If you have a text frame with multiple columns and the footnotes split into columns, the column rules do not continue in the footnotes.

    5 votes
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  8. Keyboard shortcut to adjust paragraph indents

    I'd like to be able to quickly adjust the left, right, first and last line indents of my paragraph using a Quick Apply or a custom keyboard shortcut.

    I find it strange that it doesn't already exist, given the countless other basic adjustments available in the shortcuts panel.

    3 votes
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  9. Deleting unused paragraph styles in one fell swoop

    I highly recommend that Adobe updates a feature to delete all unused paragraph styles in one fell swoop instead of a file by file case.

    6 votes
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  10. Show only Font familys in Font preview

    Since the latest layout change the font searchbar improved, BUT it takes way longer to actually find a font, becouse every Version of the font is displayed, instead of the whole Family (so Arial Bold, Arial Medium etc... instead of Arial, Futura, etc). This is especially confusing, when working with similar named font familys or diffenrt varants of familys. I would suggest a option in the preferences of all Adobe programs to change etween family preview and single style preview, with the first set as default.

    7 votes
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  11. We need "smart" title case in the change case menu

    We need smart title case, with prepositions and conjunctions not capitalized. It's ridiculous that a script or third-party plug-in is required. This is a publishing program! InDesign can create a table of contents—it should be able to do it correctly.

    2 votes
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  12. Color-code GREP styles

    Hello, InDesign team.

    Please consider allowing users to assign a color to each GREP style, which would be applied as a highlight to text affected by the style. The highlight would, of course, be on-screen only, like the existing highlights for composition problems etc. This would be a quick way to ensure that the style is matching the correct text, without doing what I do now (which is to manually add a color highlight into the definition of each GREP style and then remove them later). Especially helpful for GREP styles whose effect is subtle. Characters affected by multiple GREP…

    2 votes
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  13. Variable font issues with named instances 'Regular' and 'Book'

    A variable font including instances named 'Book' and 'Regular' breaks the functionality of the instance 'Regular'. Slider change does not change the weight of the font. The same font works well in Adobe Illustrator.

    2 votes
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  14. Paragraph Rules in Find/Change

    Please add Paragraph Rules to the Find Change dialog box. I often need to change rule thickness or color to paragraph rules that are not in a paragraph or character style. Manually changing each selection takes quite a bit of time and should be automated. Thanks!

    2 votes
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  15. Option to add hidden character on/off button the toolbar

    Just a little toggle button on the toolbar so you don't have to click Type > Show/Hide Hidden Characters, for those of us who turn it on and off repeatedly. I swear an older version had it.

    2 votes
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  16. Clear All Style Sets—Right from the Style Set Menu

    Since there are a lot of windows to get to the OpenType Style Sets, we need a button that can clear all the opentype features we've tried out. This can be put into the Stylistic Sets Menu. (See attached picture.)

    This isn't just valuable to me. This is valuable to:
    1. Other users can feel free to use style sets, knowing that they can quickly clear all options, not spend minutes clicking through menus—Just to turn something off!
    2. Font designers might add more features into their fonts if the features are easier to use.
    3. You've already made that…

    2 votes
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  17. Make GREP dot (Any Character) match Footnote Reference marker.

    Make the GREP dot (Any Character) match ~F (Footnote Reference marker).

    There is no reason that a query like .+ would stop when reaching a footnote marker. This should select the entire paragraph. This behaviour have been in InDesign forever and should be changed.

    11 votes
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  18. import PDF comments to include Text style

    I have cliënts that make comments in PDF. In these comments they add (or replace) text using the correct comment tools. But very often some of the added text needs to be Italic or Bold or ... So they use the Text Style feature in Acrobat to italicize certain words.
    But when importing PDF comments, these text styles do not show in InDesign. It would be great if this feature could be added.

    2 votes
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  19. Touch type tool for Opentype feature does not show up while setting the paragraph in "Adobe World-Ready Single-line/ Paragraph Composer"

    Touch type tool for Opentype feature does not show up while setting the paragraph in "Adobe World-Ready Single-line/ Paragraph Composer". The script, in this case, found while using Thai with the Opentype font with alternate glyphs.

    We can access the feature, but have to go through the top right hamburger conner to select the stylistic set manually. It is disturbing work-flow while typing in bilingual languages; Thai and Latin.

    1 vote
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  20. Line spacing measured in millimeters

    When working with grid systems, measuring the line spacing in millimeters would be practical—similar to the default setting for strokes.

    2 votes
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