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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. 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.

    5 votes

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  3. 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.

    4 votes

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  4. Data Merge preview longest record

    Data merge preview should have an option to "View longest data", which would display the longest record for each data field. This way we can make sure there is no overset text which currently notifies after creating a merged PDF.

    2 votes

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  5. Always fill the type area

    Please give us an option to always fill the type area. When setting up books like novels many customers want the type area to be filled up to the last line. But setting up the text wrap to avoid widows and orphans often leads to blank lines at the bottom of the type area. Normally we try to get around this by increasing or decreasing text spacing or scaling a bit to save or generate an additional line. It would be wonderful to have an option that brings InDesign to always try to fill the type area.

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  6. 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.

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  7. Table of Contents

    Can we have another ToC option: Layout > Update All Table of Contents where there is more than one in a document.

    Where there is more than one ToC they have to be updated individually every time. (I have one document with four ToC's)

    1 vote

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  8. left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1.

    I don't find the left to right (LTR) text option in indesign 17.2.1. Do you know why? I work with multilanguages and I must have the option to change the direction of the texts (arab-english). In previous versions I had that option but now I don't. Do you know how to do now, please?

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  9. RTL support in Adobe Composer (not Adobe World-Ready Composer)

    Adobe's Ready World Composer is designed to provide a solution for RTL languages, such as Hebrew and Arabic. But lots of InDesign features don't work at all. (OpenType by Frame, Flush Space, Optical Margin Aligment and more ...)
    Instead of fixing this composer, I suggest that the regular composer also will support RTL writing.

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  10. Wish for a character format option to suppress the hyphen

    I often have to set URLs in literature references. The hyphen must not be displayed, because this would corrupt the link - as it could happen e.g. with codelistings.
    The actual hyphenation should not change, only the hyphen should be suppressed.

    This option could consequently also be offered for paragraph formats; as well as for manual formatting, comparable to »No Break«.
    All in all, the procedure with this new option would be much faster than working with the »Discretionary Line Break« at every corresponding separation point.

    Please consider this option of suppressing the hyphen.
    Many thanks

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  11. 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.

    1 vote

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  12. Typesetter Mode: Disable Typing Toggle

    I work for a book publisher and typeset hundreds of books a year. It would be nice to have a toggle that would disable the ability to add or remove characters from a text frame. Retain the ability to adjust leading, tracking, and other formatting, but prevent accidentally adding characters to the author's text. I currently map "W" to "esc" using keyboard shortcuts, but it would be a kind of nice feature to have built in.

    1 vote

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  13. Allow GREP functions embedded in Paragraph Styles to 'soft' replace text

    GREP functions in paragraph styles are powerful and let you find and style text automatically - but they don't let you stylistically 'replace' it. It would be very helpful for example to replace 'and' in Title Style to '&' or to add custom dingbats and company logos in place of 'company name'.

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  14. Make spellcheck change colour when complete

    When checking a story of several thousand words it's easy to miss the phrase 'Spellcheck complete' at the top of the box when you're busy looking at the page itself. Up to a couple of generations ago the box would change colour when complete which you could see out of the corner of your eye. Very handy – please bring it back.

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  15. Indesign creates an incorrect href for Acrhive.org links

    When InDesign creates the href for a link from Archive.org it does not href to archive.org, but to the dead link.

    example: the typed link is
    "https://web.archive.org/web/20220320173121/https://freewheelingeasy.com/
    creates an href for "https://freewheelingeasy.com/"
    rather than the correct href of "https://web.archive.org/web/20220320173121/https://freewheelingeasy.com/"

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  16. Paragraph Case in Paragraph Style

    It would be nice to introduce case letters into the paragraph style.
    UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, Sentence Case.

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  17. Allow Nonprinting to have a keyboard shortcut

    Nonprinting should be able to be assigned a keyboard shortcut. It is often used with text variables--if you are manually entering a separate "first on page" header, you don't want that printing, and a shortcut to make it nonprinting would be a time saver.

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  18. Add support for Case Transformation in GREP Change to field

    GREP Case Transformations in "Change To"

    Add support for case transformation in the replace patterns "Change to" for changing the case of the original text when using subpattern
    replacements.

    \u Make the next character uppercase
    \U Make all following characters uppercase until reaching another case specifier (\u, \L, \l ) or \E
    \l Make the next character lowercase
    \L Make all following characters lowercase until reaching another case specifier (\u, \U, \l ) or \E
    \E End case transformation opened by \U or \L

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  19. Request for adding Mongolian language spelling dictionary

    Hello,

    Of course, there are many users from Mongolia, but we can't use our native language spelling dictionary in Indesign. And I want to add a Mongolian language spelling dictionary to Indesign. I've attached the Hunspell dictionary file with the hyphenation file. Hope every Mongolian will be using a Mongolian spelling dictionary within Indesign soon. Thank you!

    You can find the Hunspell dictionary from these links:
    https://zuv.bichig.dev/, https://extensions.libreoffice.org/en/extensions/show/1980, https://github.com/bataak/dict-mn

    2 votes

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  20. Share 'Story' for Review (with word limit option)

    Similar to sharing the whole document for review, it would be very helpful to be able to share individual stories with their respective authors/managers for review and comment (without them having to have a copy of InCopy or some such).

    It could show up similarly to the Copy Editorand allow the proof originator (me, in this case) to limit the word count of the document (so that amendments don't come back overfilling the permitted space).

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