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  1. Data merge

    Recently I started using InDesign to make user manuals, but I wanted to make it easier to adapt it to the multiple products. I would like you to add an option where I can use multiple categorie variations on the same page underneath each other for the multiple languages that I need to include in the manual.

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. Additional View Options

    I would like to be able to view my pages in a grid format, similar to viewing art boards in a grid in Illustrator, for ease of design review across many pages and spreads.

    2 votes

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  3. Synchronize footnote settings in books and number across document

    Regarding using books and footnotes: I really, really wish the footnote settings were something you could synchronize when synching your book. Also, I wish there was an option to continue numbering throughout the individual documents. Currently, if you do not have your whole document threaded, it will restart the footnote numbering, so I have to set it to restart numbering at each page (or section).
    I frequently have books with a dozen different chapters and would like the footnotes to number sequentially within each chapter; and it would be one less thing to remember to edit if the document footnote…

    4 votes

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  4. Being able to change Topic Levels in indices after they have been added to the index

    After a topic has been added to the index, it’s no longer possible to e.g. move the current topic to Topic Level 2 and add a new Topic Level 1. Would be amazing if it was.

    4 votes

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  5. Table of contents update only page numbers

    Like in MsWord, it would be a nice feature to update the table of contents and update only the numbers, or update text and numbers together. Sometimes people change long words in a table of content just to fit a header into one line of text. Or they add a few words behind the header just to make the table of content easier to understand. When updating the table of content then it would be nice if you could choose to update only the numbers.

    7 votes

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  6. Add ability to export BOOK files (INDB) as IDMLs (or similar)

    I have a customer who wanted me to export a book for them for translation, but wanted ALL IDML files. We create larger books using InDesign, which will export documents (via package) as IDMLs, but not books (INDB). I'm not really sure what the problem is on the other end, re-assembling this book using the INDB and IDMLs, but the customer insists on needing an IDML for the BOOK. Nothing in forums says this can be done, direct contact with Adobe support says it can't be done, so we are at an impass. Support person suggested entering a request, so…

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  7. Improve handling of long footnotes

    Handling of long footnotes could be improved in at least three ways:

    1. Sometimes a footnote absolutely cannot start on the same page as its reference either because the given footnote follows so closely behind a very long footnote (or a dense cluster of shorter footnotes). Presently, InDesign simply stops setting text at that point, as it would when a hits a word it cannot fit into any subsequent frame in the story. Ideally such footnotes would be not only be permitted but be custom-labelable—e.g. “(from p. 17)”—but for now simply permitting such footnotes, elegantly or not, would be a far…
    3 votes

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  8. Text + Format comparison between two InDesign files

    Hello,

    I just want to start eBook creation. I have many different users to write content from manual book. I need files from few users(at least two) to compare them with Text + Format comparison to minimize human errors like spell mistakes, format mistakes etc. I need it as basic feature to me to purchase InDesign as I am really impressed with all other features. But without this comparison feature it is baseless to me. Can you please provide me update is it possible in near future and some solid plans if you are okay.

    Or else if you can…

    2 votes

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  9. You really, really need to have indexing across documents/chapters in books!!!!

    a necessity, not an idea. To quote another user:
    Wow, Book Function has no index? Are you serious? Every serious non-fiction book must have a full index at the end. Why even use the Book Function, if the index doesn’t appear at the end of the whole book?

    4 votes

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  10. index

    Right now the cross-referenc markers in the index cannot be modified. They are set to e.g. see or see also. They cannot be switched easily to another language. So everytime a document is translated those cross-reference markers need to be translated manually in the document (find & replace) which means that everytime the Index is updated or the document is translated again the markers again have to be translated.

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  11. table of content popup

    the table of content popup UI needs updating. When working on long docs with many paragraph styles, and many levels of TOC. There's a lot of scrolling involved.

    Let us resize the window so we can see more paragraph styles / TOC levels at once.

    Or even just copy word's interface, although not great, but it a lot more useable.

    1 vote

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  12. Have a paragraph style call a master page

    Particularly useful if preparing a book with chapters. This would allow the opening page of a chapter to use a different master page than the rest of the document. Then, if the book is edited and the text reflows, chapter starts would still have the correct master. I can think of other uses, such as when an image is designed to bleed off a page and you don't want the headers to print. There are lots more.

    2 votes

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  13. Container Flow

    Each year I revise a 500+ page catalog in InDesign. Each product includes text (on 2 different layers) and an image per product. Each product is separated by a horizontal rule. I'd like a way to group all of these components together per product (possibly in a container of some sort) and have them automatically flow from column to column and page to page.

    I will remove products throughout the year which results in blank spaces/gaps. If when I remove a product it would automatically reflow, it would shorten my process significantly. I also add products in throughout the year…

    2 votes

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  14. TOC Page number BEFORE and align number RIGHT automatically

    InDesign has offered the ability to put the page number before the text entry in a generated table of contents for quite some time. However, if you have more than 10 pages, pages 1-9 don't align right (as they should - or if more than 100 pages, 1-99). It would be great if you could have that done automatically without adding a tab stop in the paragraph style and manually adding a tab before each page number.

    2 votes

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  15. Present cross references in alphabetical order

    In a large document with hundreds of cross references, hunting for the right cross reference is a disaster. The list is in some random order (or maybe last made, first shown?). Presenting these alphabetically based on paragraph text (including numbers from variables such as caption numbers!) woul dbe enormously helpful.

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  16. No way to sync footnote options between documents.

    I have a book consisting of several documents. I can sync styles between documents, but not footnote options. Syncing styles does not sync footnote options.

    Having to set footnote options for each document that has them is onerous.

    6 votes

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  17. Allow 'Find in Book' to search for text in all documents of an InDesign book

    I am writing a book, using the InDesign Book feature.
    My book has 18 chapters, each a different InDesign document.
    I would like to be able to search for all occurrences of text, without having to open each document. I would like the results to be a panel something like Adobe Acrobat's Find in Files panel.

    This is useful when I think I've written on a topic in some other chapter, and want to link text in the current chapter to the other chapter.

    10 votes

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  18. New Cross Reference > Showing Page number near the Paragraph Text proposal

    Hi Guys !

    Something that could be great in indesign is having the possibility of showing the page number corresponding to the Paragraph Text proposal, when we creat a new Cross reference.

    For exemple, here I work with a big catalog of 500 pages, and 500 titles.

    I need to creat a cross reference between intermediate TOC and the title,

    But when I have MAny times the same title, it becames to be hard to test eache title to get the good page number

    for exemple my search right now is :

    TITLE OF PRODUCT
    TITLE OF PRODUCT (1)
    TITLE…

    4 votes

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  19. Allow for setting or synchronizing book-wide footnote/endnote options

    Right now footnote/endnote options are set on the document level. There should be an option so that the options can either be set on the book level or can be part of the style source sychronization set.

    As it is, if I don't create a template that already has my preferred footnote/endnote settings set, I have to individually make those settings for each chapter in a book.

    9 votes

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  20. Give an indicator of page's section when creating hyperlink.

    When there are multiple page section in the document and each of them has a page number restart again from one, e.g.
    Section 1: Page 1 to Page 10
    Section 2: Page 1 to Page 25...
    and have to create hyperlink, all these page numbers repeat. To find the correct page it is necessary to scroll and check carefully which page with number 3 for example you need to hyperlink (page 3 from Section 1 or page 3 from Section 7...). My proposal is to create short index (maybe the first letters of senction's name) beside the page number in…

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