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  1. Table of Contents

    Table of Contents styles should be able to take a selected page range, and generate a TOC based on only that page range.

    Many books have multiple TOCs these days — a master TOC up front, and TOCs at the beginning of each chapter or section, and often a hidden TOC that is used to generate PDF bookmarks.

    Being able to limit page ranges would mean less manually edited of generated TOCs, faster TOC generation, and needing to use fewer paragraph/character styles to handle them!

    26 votes
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    • Table of Contents: Character Style Improvements

      TOCs need to be able to do three different things with character styles that are included in text in a generated TOC:

      1. The Character Style stays present in the TOC (this is currently what InDesign does)
      2. The Character Style is stripped.
      3. The Character Style is mapped to another character style.

      These settings should accessible in the Style: <stylename> section of the TOC options -- customizable for each paragraph style used to generate the TOC.

      The most notable use for the mapping style is when the typeface between the TOC and the body text of the book differs,…

      10 votes
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      • character styles stay/strip/replace in VARIABLES

        Headers created with Variables need to be able to do three different things with character styles that are included in text :

        1. The Character Style stays present in the VARIABLE ;
        2. The Character Style is stripped.
        3. The Character Style is mapped to another character style.

        These settings should accessible in the Style: <stylename> section of the TOC options -- customizable for each paragraph style used to generate the TOC.

        The most notable use for the mapping style is when the typeface between the TOC and the body text of the book differs,…

        7 votes
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        • Make text variables/live captions breakable like normal text

          We work a lot with pictures that get there captions from xmp meta data stored in the pictures.

          There is a great feature in InDesign called textvariables/live captions ;) for this… BUT these variables don‘t wrap like normal text :(

          Instead we have to convert the live captions to static text to get the proper text warp and in doing so losing our live link to the XMP meta data.

          So please enhance this feature to a real feature and allow variables to wrap like normal text. Thanks!

          153 votes
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          • Select multiple objects/images across spreads

            Please develop a way to select multiple object or images across multiple spreads. I have a 300+ page document that needs all images nudged slightly up or down.

            3 votes
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            • The ability to unlink footnote/endnotes from references, thus turning the footnote/endnotes into static notes.

              As a designer who typesets thousands of pages of academic research annually, the ability to convert footnotes to endnotes and vice versa is a helpful addition (thanks InDesign team), but more features are needed:

              The ability to unlink footnote/endnotes from references, thus turning the footnote/endnotes into static notes.

              Currently this process is accomplished only via the benevolence and magic of Peter Kahrel's script, available here: http://www.kahrel.plus.com/indesign/end_to_static_CC2018.jsx

              The reason being, I can no longer use the InDesign XML tagging feature while the footnote/endnotes remain linked—for some reason, XML tagging of footnote/endnote text is not supported!

              If you'll indulge me, here's a…

              3 votes
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              • Preflight Panel: Page Range Textbox should be wider

                In the preflight panel, the textbox that you can type page ranges into is simply too small, leading to confusion when you're working with higher-numbered ranges. See attached images of the same range and how digits are easily obscured.

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                • Support Apple Pages file as original text file

                  I use Pages a lot, more than word, as pages support a lot of macOS native shortcut and I like to use them to quickly do my text editing, but word on the other hand has too many shortcut that doest follow the logic in macOS…

                  As a heavy Pages user, it would be a huge time saving option to be able to link my pages file into indesign the same way as word file does.

                  I like the idea of doing my text in a clean text editor like Pages, and linking it to InDesign to do the heavy…

                  1 vote
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                  • Make the PDF Comments available for book document

                    Include the possibility to import PDF comments in an indesign book document. It would make easier than export/import each file of a book.

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                    • Make the PDF Comments available for book document

                      Include the possibility to import PDF comments in an indesign book document. It would make easier than export/import each file of a book.

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                      • Remove [All paragraph] from Cross-Reference

                        After the update Indesign to the latest version, there is an option for [All Paragraph] when creating a new cross-reference. This has led to a very slow performance when it tries to load all paragraph by default.

                        The alternative is having a "unchecked" option for user, perhaps?

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                        • disable "live-update" of cross-references

                          we are working on large document (about 600 pages) with many cross-references (over 3000).
                          This leads to a very slow performance and makes working with the document a real test of patience.
                          It would be great to have an option to temporarily disable the "live-update" of the cross-references!

                          10 votes
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                          • Cross Reference / Hyperlink - EDITING FACILTY

                            Overview
                            I work on large catalogues all day (over 500 pages) and unfortunately the previous designers didnt have a naming convention for the hundreds of cross references. As a result its a MESS of meaningless names and broken links.

                            Research.
                            I have looked over the internet to find a solution but there doesn't seem to be one (i found a script that looked promising but it didn't work).

                            Request.
                            It would be great to have a panel that lists all the links/cross ref. in the document that allows you to RENAME, DELETE or EDIT the existing links.

                            7 votes
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                            • Managing Multiple Sets of Endnotes In a Document AND allowing Endnotes to refer to a separate INDD Document

                              Issue #1:
                              Here's my first dilemma: I am building a book with several hundred pages. This book will be printed (won't be an eBook/iBook). I'm keeping each chapter as its own document that I will then collect together as a larger Book at the end. The last chapter will be just for all the book's endnotes. In previous versions of InDesign, I would import the Word document, delete the endnotes out of the "Chapter x" document, and pop them back into the "Endnotes chapter" without affecting the superscripts referencing the endnotes throughout the text. Easy. Now, in cc 2018 if…

                              21 votes
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                              • Running Headers to pull from previous page

                                Add the ability for a paragraph/character style to pull from previous page. Currently only given first on page and last on page. Need more options. example: chapter 1title is on page 1 and text crosses onto page 2. At the end of page 2 is the next chapter title, but need to be able to put the previous chapter header on page 2 as a running header.

                                10 votes
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                                • Endnote citation order

                                  Looking to expand the scope of endnotes and footnote to include multiple stories in a document so that the citation order follows reference where it falls on the page, not just a single story.

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                                  • Allow more formatting of running heads

                                    I'm working on a book whose running heads use both bold and roman type. (Chapter 1: Chapter title where "Chapter 1:" is bold and "Chapter TItle" is roman. As far as I know, I can't use variables or automatic section heads to format this way so have resorted to having a separate master page for each chapter.

                                    16 votes
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                                    • Robust Indexing Software

                                      We need a more robust indexing software for those of us in book publishing (nonfiction). Due to the finicky nature of having to manually find and enter every index entry, InDesign's indexing software is only plausible for simple indexes that are done infrequently. Because of this, my publishing company adopted a plug-in, Sonar Bookends, a long time ago. Sonar works quite well, but this has made our use of InCopy impossible, as Sonar Bookends was not designed to work with InCopy and is causing it to regularly crash. I don't see any reason why a robust indexing software that can…

                                      4 votes
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                                      • Add features to draft legal briefs

                                        Legal filings are just complicated, cross-linked books.

                                        Lawyers have to follow court rules when typesetting appellate briefs.
                                        See e.g., http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/clerk/case_filing/rules/rules_home.html
                                        https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/rules_guidance.aspx

                                        WordPerfect has a few useful features: see "Legal Toolbar" https://www.wordperfect.com/en/product/professional-edition/#features

                                        You should add a feature to create a Table of Authorities (ToA). The ToA lists each authority cited along with every page on which it is cited. The ToA has different sections for different kinds of authorities, e.g., cases, statutes, etc.

                                        The best way would be to have InDesign identify authorities/citations. Most lawyers follow the Bluebook. https://www.legalbluebook.com/default.aspx
                                        Others follow the RedBook or the MaroonBook.

                                        Make selecting, dragging, and dropping…

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Print the contents of the book window

                                          I'm working on a very long document -- a book with about 300 component files (2-4 pp each). They're all in the book window... but once you're past two or three dozen files, the organization of the book window becomes difficult to view and comprehend. I'd like to print out the contents of the book window (PDF, CSV, spreadsheet, text, whatever) so that I can review what's there and see how best to organize it. The book window allows me to print out the book in different ways, and I can print portions of the book... but not that overview…

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