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  1. Paragraph Rules Improvements

    I would be great if the Paragraph Rules menu received a couple of improvements:

    1) Add a chain link for when you want both the Color and Gap Color to be the same. Likewise for the Tint and Gap Tint percentage.

    2) This one is a bit difficult to explain, but one of the biggest annoyances with using Paragraph Rules to apply a RULE ON to text is that the rule expands/contracts in an undesired way if you change the size of a text box or if you add/delete something from the text. What should happen is that the rule…

    3 votes

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  2. More options when resizing a layout

    If I need to resize a page/layout using Document Setup, ideally for me, all of the existing content would remain at the top of the page, so a new, taller page size would add more space at the bottom, or if I wish to shorten a page, empty white space would be removed from the bottom. InDesign 19.2 centers all content vertically on the new page size, which I can't imagine anyone would ever want, forcing the unnecessary step of moving everything back to the top of the new page. You could add a Photoshop-style grid icon to show where…

    2 votes

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  4. Layer Arrangement (Send to Current Layer)

    Like it is in Illustrator, it would be super nice if there was a right-click option under >Arrange that would allow you to "Send to Current Layer." just small + quality of life, but it's how I'm used to working in Ai and would be nice to see additional congruency between these kinds of things!

    2 votes

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  5. Apply parent pages based on text

    I would like the ability to force a page to use a Parent Page based on the content of that page.

    For example, a long document might have several chapters and the chapter title or chapter number uses a specific paragraph style. That style could include an attribute to apply a specific Parent Page to the page the text appears on, allowing the designer to automatically select the chapter start parent where appropriate. As the text reflows the parent would be removed or reapplied as the text moves from page to page.

    Sometimes a paragraph might span a page break,…

    10 votes

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  6. Toggle "Preview" ON by default

    I'd like to see the effect of what I'm doing e.g. in the Paragraph panel by default. Can't find this in the application or on Google. This could easily be an option in the Preferences.

    1 vote

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  7. Links Panel: Show Exact Matches only

    When re-linking files, add an option to show "Exact matches only". Adobe Premiere has this. So when you're looking for the file you're re-linking, all files are greyed out except for the one that matches your file name.

    Find the Premiere equivalent in German attached!

    1 vote

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  8. Align Stroke to Outside option by default

    For me the default Stroke Alignment setting should be Outside. I am always using boxes and frequently need to change the stroke widths. Since the default setting is Center alignment, this resizes the box, which I can't imagine anyone ever wanting. There doesn't seem to be any way to change the default stroke alignment to Outside, so I am constantly having to change this in the Stroke window. Which means we must have the Stroke window open simply because we cannot set the Outside as default. InDesign 19.2, Mac Ventura.

    1 vote

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  9. Hide all text and picture box borders when hiding Guides.

    I wish InDesign would hide all faint text and box borders when hiding the document Guides. I am forced to go to Overprint Preview to hide those, which slows down the design process, because Overprint Preview mode is very slow and not at all smooth to scroll through multiple book pages to preview designs without the distractions of seeing any faint text boxes. I don't see this ability in any of the Settings menus. Indesign 19.2, Mac Ventura 13.6.4

    1 vote

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  10. Control When to Update Graphic Links

    This is sort of already here, but my suggestion is more specific: Currently, graphic links are updated when a document opens. When a link is changed, it automatically updates with a document – but only the first time. After that, we need to click update in the links panel, which is a little onerous when I'm updating links often. It would save a lot of clicks if we could specify in the preferences to ALWAYS update links without asking (or not). So, it would be great to have two settings:
    • update links automatically, always, without asking
    • update links…

    2 votes

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  11. Text Frame Row Options

    Right now, text frames in Indesign only allow you to divide into columns. It should also give to divide into rows as well

    In Illustrator, for text frames you have this option. See screenshot.
    You can do it with by creating a table, but you cannot make it reflowable like a normal text frame.

    It would be a fabulous feature have.

    Please do same for Indesign, PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE.

    2 votes

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  12. Set an increment for auto-sized text boxes

    When making a text box auto-sized, it would be good to set how much it expands by, be it 0.5mm, 1mm etc. I use it for laying out org charts, and to set the spacing between each box it helps when they are sized to be even 1mm sizes and sit at y value of an even number. If the box ends up auto-sized to 23.34mm then starting the next box at a y value of 25mm means a 1.66mm space between the two boxes instead of a nice even 2mm or something. If I could set it so that…

    1 vote

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  13. Bilingual Cursor

    Hi,
    Previously In PageMaker if there is a bilingual text, the cursor automatically according to the language, e.g: In English the cursor move from left to right, in Arabic language move from right to left

    1 vote

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  14. split column gutters too wide - need a "negative" width setting

    The split columns feature is great, and I use it often. But when I have only two columns of generally narrow width, the resulting gutter gap is way too wide. I can adjust it down to zero, as I have done in the attached image, but it would be so helpful to be able to go into the negative numbers (or use some other method) to bring these columns much closer together.

    1 vote

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  15. Page cycle for PDF imports

    1. When I import a PDF into InDesign I'd like to see arrows alongside the circular content grabber to cycle to the next page of the PDF rather than re-importing the same PDF and selecting the correct page in the options dialog box
    2. Saves time, less work to import different pages from the same file already imported
    4 votes

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  16. Change color to the QR Codes when using Data Merge

    InDesign is great for controlling your design, but when you're importing a QR code from a spreadsheet using Data Merge, it feels a bit limiting. It's like what Henry Ford said about having any color car, as long as it's black.

    1 vote

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  17. The 'character direction' function for Arabic text layout

    The 'character direction' function does not exist in the new version of Indesgin (2024). As a result, I cannot layout an Arabic text correctly. How can I do this?

    2 votes

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  18. ability to import .avif file.

    InDesign should be able to import .avif files. It doesn't need more explanation than that, except to say, If importing graphics and images is one of the core purposes of the program, it's surprising to find a format that can't be imported. Please keep InDesign updated and capable of working with all formats.

    1 vote

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  19. wrap the first line of text around an anchored object

    Please please give me the option to wrap the first line of text around an anchored object. It could even just be a checkbox in the Anchored Object options window. I run into this problem all the time and the band-aid fixes of manually adjusting the indent or trying to put the image at the bottom of the previous line of text take so much unnecessary time.

    3 votes

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  20. LINKS

    When documents lose the link, finding the image or file is a real drag because I can neither copy the text from the link panel nor does it stay open when I open the finder to search for what I can recall from the link window. It would be great if I could right click and it opens a search field with that name in it OR stay open when I open the finder so that I can type the name in accurately.

    2 votes

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