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  1. Data Merge support UTF-8 character set

    I always have to convert UTF-8 text to UTF-16.

    28 votes

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  2. Alt-text inside Links Panel

    Can we have a column added to the Links Panel that lists the alt-text of the image so I can open/edit it from the links panel rather than finding it inside my document?

    16 votes

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  3. Add "Uncheck all" to Strokes and Fills window

    When formatting complex tables, it is time consuming to uncheck strokes one by one. Why not have an "Uncheck All" feature

    3 votes

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  4. Text wrapping around image should honor Corner Options

    See this forum thread for details: https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/wrapping-text-around-a-graphics-frame-with-corner-options/m-p/11776379

    There are two issues - a feature request and what I think is actually a bug (related to the workaround for the lacking feature).

    The primary question I asked in the forum feels like a bug to me, but I'm told it should be considered a feature request. So I request that in terms of text wrap, graphics frames generated by placing an image would behave the same as graphics frames created by the frame tool. If an image is placed and then Corner Options are applied, text wrap set to Graphics Frame…

    3 votes

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  5. Add an "Align to Bleed" in the Align panel/options or Snap to Bleed in View.

    The align pallet is invaluable to me as I design catalogs with lots of pages with bleed that switch from left to right regularly during the process, with different backgrounds too. However, when aligning to bleed, I have to manually line up the backgrounds with the bleed line, and its a minor inconvenience not to mention leaves room for human error. Would love to be able to quickly align my backgrounds to right or left outside bleeds, and also snap my backgrounds to the bleed line to make sure it is 100 percent lined up. Sometimes it looks like it…

    3 votes

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  6. Borders on cells in a table

    When adding a border (a stroke) to a cell-style for a table, I think it would be very usefull you can actually align the position of that stroke towards the cellframe. Like, for text-frames or image-frames you can choose "inside, outside or in the middle". For tables/cells, you can not. I often have to use a paragraph style with a paragraph border to get "more accurate" results. My screenshot will explain better.

    9 votes

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  7. It should be possible to turn on or turn off “Respect indents” in the Text Wrap Options.

    For a long time InDesign did not respect the indenting of block quotes when text wrap was applied to photos. Then last year I was working on a big book with many indented quotes and many photos and was pleased to see the indent was respected when I set a text wrap around a photo. Now, in the latest version, that is no longer the case. This is a serious problem in large illustrated books with many block quotes. We should have the choice in the Text Wrap box of specifying whether the wrap should respect block quote indents or…

    2 votes

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  8. Co-edeting

    Co-edeting - as found in Adobe XD! Work as a team from anywhere with InDesign co-editing. Design together in real-time or jump in on your own — everyone has access to the latest version no matter the place or time zone.

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  9. Ability to copy link name only from links panel, as additional option to 'copy platform style path' 'full user path' etc.

    I often copy links from one spread to another document and then need to search for the link on a a media archive for a client. It would be really helpful to be able to just copy the link name alone, through right clicking the link in the links panel (even better, without extension!) for searching purposes. This would also be helpful when searching your machine or a server for a missing link.

    The only time I use this function is when searching elsewhere for an image / link, and therefore need to use one of the existing options, and…

    2 votes

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  10. I need a way to relink images across all open documents.

    When I go to relink an image that is now in a different folder, and that image is inside of 7 different files, I'd like to be able to tell one file where the image is, and the other ones can also use that same image, with some kind of toggle to disable that if for some reason I didn't want all the images to use it.

    4 votes

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  11. SELECT + RELINK of Single Image File in MULTIPLE INSTANCES based on a DEFINED SELECTION of Multiple Links in LINK PANEL!

    You can Relink an Image File in the LINKS PANEL in

    (A) ALL INSTANCES
    (B) 1 (ONE) INSTANCE

    But not MULTIPLE INSTANCES based on a DEFINED SELECTION of Multiple Links. To do so presently requires the NEEDLESS REPETITION of Re-Linking for each instance at great time and expense!

    I am sure this is an IMPORTANT NEED for many users workflows.

    Please add this feature ASAP!!! Urgent need for us and I am quite sure many many others!

    2 votes

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  12. Preserve positioning data when pasting graphic from one frame to another

    When I copy an image from one frame and paste it into another, I expect this action to preserve two sets of attributes: scaling factor and positioning data.

    I get one out of two (scaling).

    No offense, but QuarkXPress could do both back in 1990.

    Why does this matter? Imagine a layout with a horizontal row of head shots, each in a separate frame of the same shape and size. Client says, "Oh, please move photo 3 to frame 10, and scoot everyone else up one frame."

    I don't have to imagine this situation, as I'm currently working on a…

    13 votes

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  13. Placeholder Text Feature

    Seeing as InDesign has interactive PDFs in mind giving us the ability to create forms easily and then export them as a PDF to open in Acrobat, I feel like a feature to inset placeholder text to fields shouldn't be too difficult to implement.

    To clarify, I was hoping to find an option under the Buttons and Forms toolbox that allows us to check off a box for placeholder text so when someone types in the field the original text there is overwritten with the new content. Like a "W" for width and an "L" for length in field boxes…

    7 votes

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  14. Lock/Unlock all objects in an entire document

    Currently we can lock/unlock an object or all objects on a spread. But what about getting the same features for an entire document so that you don't need to manually do this for every spread?

    1 vote

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  15. Please make the Paragraph Style Options panel resizable

    When on a laptop, opening the Paragraph Style Options takes almost the whole size of my laptop screen. There is no way to resize this, and it is almost impossible to view the effect of the changes you are making.

    11 votes

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  16. A shortcut / button that automatically expands your selected shape to fill the page

    I find myself drawing many rectangles a day to create backgrounds for a document. It's obviously no problem at all, but seems the process could be sped up if I could just use a shortcut that automatically resizes a selected shape to fill the page, and it would also remove the potential for error if you haven't quite lined up the rectange correctly. Maybe there's already a solution for this?

    1 vote

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  17. Please make pinch to zoom work on Surfacebook Windows 10.

    Pinch to zoom simply doesn't work on any adobe apps on when using a Surfacebook. It can work in Photoshop if you turn off two finger scrolling, but that's it. It's incredible annoying, and as someone coming from a Mac, it's killing my workflow. Please fix this.

    1 vote

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  18. Stroke cap and paragraph rule styles

    It would be incredibly useful to have the option for more control over the end cap in stroke styles/paragraph rules. For example, in Illustrator there is the option to use a softened end cap as opposed to a straight cut off, but InDesign only has a straight edge option, making it difficult to build an elegant line style without importing it as a graphic (this feature is sorely lacking in pursuits such as book design). The stock line styles feel garish or clunky and it would be oh-so-nice to be able to edit these or have more options to choose…

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  20. Indesign AI-/Sensei based image scaler

    An AI/Sensei based image-scaler. Let's say you're designing a lot of different document sizes, and have a option in InDesign to upscale image sizes to make sure, that the output dpi / document intent is met.

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