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  1. Shorthand Styles Panel

    If someone doesn’t want to have to type the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 over and over, they simply click 𝐄𝐝𝐢𝐭 > 𝐏𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬 > 𝐀𝐮𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 > 𝐀𝐝𝐝:

    𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐝: ty
    𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: thank you

    That is the typical way users do it. If Adobe can make a new panel called 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 that would be helpful. It would function almost like 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬 but be it’s own separate entity:
    1. Select the words 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 with your 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐫 (or you can select as many words as you want)
    2. Click 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞𝐬
    3. Then, click 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞
    4. 𝐒𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐦𝐞: Compliments
    5.…

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  2. Multi Level Running Headers with Numbering

    Add the ability to have multiple running headers. Specifically for multi-level lists that include numbering. Currently you can only select one paragraph style and it doesn't include numbering. It would be great to be able to create breadcrumbs for multi-level lists so you can show which section and subsection you're in INCLUDING NUMBERING. Currently the running header drops the numbering which is annoying.

    2 votes
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  3. Content aware fit in object style // InDesign

    Please make it possible to use the function "content aware fit" for images in an object style.
    // InDesign

    Thanks, Heike Burch // www.moliri.com

    50 votes
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  4. Utilize paragraph shading for text messages with improved functionality

    The new paragraph shading feature would be fantastic to use for laying out text message conversations in books/long from documents, but needs a few tweaks to make is fully functional. Text messages in books is becoming very common and having them run in the text while paging is crucial.

    It used to be that you had to create shapes and anchor each in for a text message. Now you can use Paragraph Shading defined in the style for left side texts with no adjustments, but because right side text messages need to have the "bubble" shape aligned right, but the…

    23 votes
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  5. Spec Sheet for Paragraph Styles

    I recently came across the need to print out a spec sheet of paragraph style settings from INDD. We're working with an outside vendor who is programming a proposal builder platform for our business development team. Basically, my design team created branded layout templates in INDD. We gave the vendor our native files, but their programmers need a written spec sheet of all the paragraph style attributes. From the paragraph style palette, when you go into each style, you can see the style settings, but you can't copy that text, nor export the settings as a spec sheet. I doubt…

    3 votes
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  6. Allow users to create a shortcut for a paragraph style including "apply next style"

    You can add a shortcut to each paragraph style. If you apply it to several paragraphs they will all be in this style although you may have insert a "next style" to apply.
    So it would be great to have the opportunity for 2 shortcuts:
    – the way it's used to be
    – for applying the style plus next style

    4 votes
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  7. Differentiate Native Styles vs Styles that came in with copy/pasted text

    I would like for there to be some type of differentiation between Styles in documents when copy/pasting or bringing in new styles. Old styles get mixed up with new ones, some have the same names (body copy for example) so it's hard to tell which ones are from pasted copy and which are the ones I'm currently using in my document.

    Open to any format as long as the Styles from the original document are all in one grouping and any styles from Copy/Pasted text are in another distinct grouping. This could be done by folders, or color-coding, splitting the…

    2 votes
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  8. a separate panel for overrides on character or paragraph styles

    The 'hover over the style' trick to display what the override is, doesn't work consistently.
    I separate info panel would speed up my work flow immensely.

    1 vote
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  9. More options for importing text styles

    Please add extra options (in the screenshot), the two I would mostly love is only keep bold and italic styles.

    Have a lot of text every day to import from word, with lots of bold and italic noted words.

    I think a lot of people would love this feature!

    1 vote
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  10. Paragraph Style Groups and... Paragraph Style versioning

    It would be nice to create named subversions of the same style instead of just marking the changed paragraph styles with a + sign.

    Then such subversions of one style will be saved with an additional qualifying name, and they can be quickly assigned in the right place in the text, instead of manually marking up the text.

    This is somewhat similar to the existing style group, but with slightly different functionality.

    Let's say we need to build a table of contents. In this case, each heading has its own level of hierarchy, but several different paragraph styles cannot be…

    1 vote
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  11. Add Space Before on Column Top checkbox

    Currently the ‘Space Before’ value is ignored when that paragraph appears on the top of any container—frame/column.

    There are innumerable occasions when we need the above space settings to be honoured even when the paragraph appears on the top of the column. We InDesigners resort to various antics and workaround like keeping an ‘Invisible Rule Above’ or use a character style with extra leading etc..

    It is very easily solved by a simple checkbox in the Indents and Spacing tab just below ‘Space Before’ selection which says ‘Add Space Before on column top’. If checked, the value will always be…

    11 votes
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  12. Case changes in paragraph styles

    I have wanted this feature in InDesign forever, so I'm putting in a formal request :)
    It would be so great if "Case" could be overridden as a part of a paragraph style. So you could set a heading style to be All Caps, or Title Case and it would override the existing casing when you applied the style, and reverted when you removed the style. This would be such a time saver for me working on long reports etc where the original author has paid no attention to case consistency, or when you decide you want to make all…

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  13. Case changes in paragraph styles

    I have wanted this feature in InDesign forever, so I'm putting in a formal request :)
    It would be so great if "Case" could be overridden as a part of a paragraph style. So you could set a heading style to be All Caps, or Title Case and it would override the existing casing when you applied the style, and reverted when you removed the style. This would be such a time saver for me working on long reports etc where the original author has paid no attention to case consistency, or when you decide you want to make all…

    1 vote
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  14. Symbols panel / Quick apply formatting

    Not sure if this suggestion lives under styles. What I'm thinking InDesign needs is a feature like Illustrators symbol library where we can take a group of pre styled objects and define them so that they can be easily dragged back on to the page rather than continually copying and pasting from other parts of a document on to then overtype or swap out images etc. as you build documents consisting of replicable structured content.

    Functionality would need to be like Illustrator, a simple drag and drop interface on to a panel. So that any images, shapes, text frames, styles.…

    1 vote
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  15. Footnote options sync

    Can you guys make possible to import Footnote Layout? Or sync it on a book?

    Thanks!

    2 votes
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  16. To add an option to add a customized numbering format.

    Is there the feature to add a customized numbering format? I do not think InDesign has thus I would like to request the feature. There are several languages in the world and their own alphabets. As there are already created numbering formats such as "a, b, c,...." that falls under English alphabets under 'Bullets and Numbering', there should be the feature to create such numbering format as per the alphabets of other languages too. Thanks.

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  17. Object Layer Options to be part of Object Styles

    Allow Object Layer Options to be included as an attribute for Object Styles.

    Example: I have an annual report for a group of charities under one umbrella organization. It lists various projects the charities are working on. Some projects are operated by only one charity, some two, some all three. I have an Illustrator file with a graphic for each charity. I use Object Layer Styles to show or hide the symbols for each charity. I must use Object Layer Options for each use of this graphic to indicate which charity(s) are operating each project. It can be very time…

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  18. The ability to make text invisible or 'replacing' it with '___' using the Character Style

    I recently worked with a publication that needed to hide part of the text in different places. The full text also had to be shown next to it.
    It would be possible to arrange this by means of GREP-styles, if it were possible to use some kind of pseudo font with zero character width or something like.
    Also it would be useful having an opportunity visually replace any symbol with underline (such an idea is often using in a language textbooks) using character styles.

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  19. We need feature variables

    Ideas for expanding the functionality of text variables have already appeared here. It would also be interesting to create variables to describe the properties of non-text objects. For example, color, font size, size (length / width), page position, styles, etc.

    The benefit of such an introduction is obvious: you do not need to create many monotonous styles that differ only in one or two common features. It would also indirectly affect the number of master spreads created.

    Each property of a certain object represented by a list (for example, color) can be expanded with variables of the corresponding types (color…

    2 votes
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  20. Select All by paragraph style

    I'd love to be able to select all text in the document by paragraph style. So, select all text with "Heading 1" paragraph style. And then I could copy and paste it into a different document. It would help for revising documents, so I can see the topics all together and reorder the outline of names.

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