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  1. 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…

    12 votes
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  2. 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.

    8 votes
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  3. column rules length option to set frame-based

    I want the option to make the length of the column rules always the same as when there is no text.
    Currently, the length of a column rule changes with the amount of text, but I want an option that always makes this frame-based. This is the same as drawing with no text in the text frame.
    See Discussion,
    https://community.adobe.com/t5/InDesign/%E6%AE%B5%E9%96%93%E7%BD%AB%E7%B7%9A%E3%81%8C%E5%86%85%E5%8C%85%E3%81%97%E3%81%A6%E3%81%84%E3%82%8B%E3%83%86%E3%82%AD%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88%E8%A1%8C%E3%81%AB%E6%BA%96%E3%81%98%E3%81%A6%E3%81%97%E3%81%BE%E3%81%84%E3%81%BE%E3%81%99/m-p/10724655

    29 votes
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  4. 3 votes
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  5. Adjust Layout - Off by default please.

    Finding the new Adjust Layout in InDesign 2019 a bit of a liability as is turned ON by default.

    Can you please add a setting to turn off globally and turn on only when needed? Currently doesn't seem possible.

    Thanks

    196 votes
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    The fix for this issue is now available in the latest update (14.0.2) of InDesign 2019.

    If you are unable to see the update notification, open the menu (three dots) from the top-right of Creative Cloud desktop application and click on ‘Check For App Updates’.
    Once the update button is shown against InDesign, click on the button to update to Id 14.0.2.

    If you face any problems with the new update, do let us know in the comments.

    The list of fixed issues can be found at: helpx.adobe.com/indesign/kb/fixed-issues.html


    Adobe InDesign team

  6. Group Layers

    It would be an easy but valuable addition to be able to group layers in InDesign like we can do in Photoshop. That would allow various "versions" of a document to be turned off an on, as well as organizing more complex documents. We can group paragraph styles and swatches – why not layers? Palette items should be groupable across the board, for a consistent interface.

    5 votes
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  7. Preference to always select pages when placing multi-page PDF

    When placing a multi-page PDF there should be a preference to always show import options. When I place a multi-page Word file I don’t only get the first page, I get the whole document. I should at least have the option to do this with PDFs.

    I am aware that I can access Show Import Options when placing a file through a dialogue, but that is an extra step and it is unavailable when using drag-and-drop.

    Please add a preference to “Show Import Options When Placing Multi-page Graphic Files.”

    2 votes
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  8. InDesign Preflight should be pressready (default)

    InDesign Preflight should be pressready (default)
    Bleed 3 mm, no low-resolution images,
    no RGB-swatches, no missing links or fonts,
    no missing glyphs.
    That would be great.

    7 votes
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  9. Rulers ON by default, as a choice

    Would like to be able to turn rulers ON by default, no matter what document I'm opening, creating, whatever. I see this was mentioned in the Illustrator side, and it applies just as much for InDesign.

    I know it's a simple key stroke away, but document after document after document, all day long, gets old quickly.

    Thanks!

    2 votes
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  10. Clipping masks with varied transparency

    The ability to apply an image as a clipping mask to another image from within InDesign instead of needing to rely on other software like Photoshop would be really helpful.

    I have hundreds of pages that need editing together with 1 - 3 images per page. Each of these images needs a png applied to them as a clipping mask with the text positioned around them. Currently the only way to do this in InDesign is to import something like a .psd file that you can't make live edits on. Constantly flicking between different software to get the layout right…

    2 votes
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  11. "Include subfolders" option when using "Relink to folder"

    When choosing "Relink to folder" in the Links panel, there should be an option to "Include subfolders". In large documents with hundreds of links that are organized into subfolders, it is a huge chore to have to click through individual folders.

    3 votes
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  12. We need an Adobe product that creates charts better than a MS product!

    Years have gone by without Adobe recognizing that InDesign is used for a LOT of annual reports that are chart-heavy. Built-in functionality in Illustrator is appalling at best, then to have to break a chart apart and literally re-type every label for potentially 100+ charts for a report is ridiculous. We need the ability to control the look and feel of a wide variety of charts natively (with the ability link to various data sources -- spreadsheet, odbc, etc.).

    Alternatives?
    Use Excel and export as a PDF and link it. However edits are onerous when you have to change the…

    4 votes
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  13. Add text wrapping feature to combo box for interactive pdf drop down boxes with statements/questions.

    I am trying to create an interactive pdf interview guide for my company. We would like to have the possible questions they can ask in a drop down format to help ensure the same question isn't asked by multiple people. I need to be able to add more characters to the combo box, then I also need them to automatically text wrap so that the text isn't displayed as a tiny line of text that isn't readable. I think Excel allows you to create drop downs with sentences that will wrap text.

    1 vote
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  14. Brushes

    It would be great to be able to import Illustrator brushes in that can be used to style Frame Borders in the same way you can use it as stroke styles in Illustrator. InDesign is woefully behind in allowing procedural design.

    2 votes
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  15. Incompatible 100% view between Indesign and Illustrator to Photoshop in Versions 2020

    When I set object dimensions or text sizes in Indesign / Illustrator, 100% view shows larger-sized objects (in pixels) that do not match the actual dimensions as apears in a screen-shot. Meaning: There is a difference in 100% view between Indesign and Illustrator to Photoshop. This makes it difficult to design for web in Indesign/Illustrator. This issue did not exist in earlier versions such as CS5.5.

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  16. Re-sizing pages in an Indesign book all at one time, currently have to re-size each file

    Make option to Re-size pages in an Indesign book all at one time, currently have to re-size each file(page). very time consuming.

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  17. Adjustable row- and column lines

    I'm setting this student book and the designer made nice tables.
    The tables have no touching intersection where row line meets column line.
    It's approved by the client who loves these tables.
    The problem is that the designer has drawn the lines by hand. As a typesetter you curse at it and find a solution for your 200+ tables, wich I did with a mix of paragraph borders and underlining/paragraphlines but I'm gonna cry pure salt if I need to make changes to this. With some clients you never know ;) I will attach a screenshot from a simple example.

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  18. Change 'Object Layer Options' on multiple images at the same time

    It would be a massive time save if it were possible to change the Object Layers Options on multiple images at the same time.
    We build four layer products images in PS with layers across all images named the same:
    Product, FlatShadow, StandingShadow, Reflection
    When we have 40 products on the page and the customer decides they want the products all to have a reflection, at the moment we have to switch each images Reflection layer on singly. Then in the next round the customer may decide they want no Reflection or Shadow at all. Again we have to switch…

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  19. Add option of "Maximum Space Before First Footnote"

    Add option of "Maximum Space Before First Footnote" to set the max space between the story text and the footnotes.

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  20. export to after effects layers

    would be great for workflow if it would be possible to import indesign into after effects like photoshop or illustrator files.

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