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  1. 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.

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  2. Implementing "Grep styles" like a "Character style"

    Grep styles deserve to be used like any existing style.

    This means:
    1 - Having a panel where we can create/modify/ delete any grep style (similar use as the Character style panel)

    2 - Having the Paraph.style/Grep styles section revamped.
    There, a drop down list allows the user to select existing Grep styles (If any)

    3 - a "+" button allows to add and implement some more Grep styles
    This allows to use multiple grep styles

    The added value is to create only once a list of grep style actions. They can then be connected to paragraph styles easily.

    This…

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  3. stylistic alternates

    Please make it so that OpenType stylistic alternates can be accessed through paragraph and/or character styles. For instance, my OT font has an alternate form of capital W which I prefer to the default form. It is listed in the Glyphs panel as Stylistic Alternates (salt). However, there is no way to activate this alternate W without manually replacing all default capital Ws with the alternate form I prefer. And even when I do that, reapplying a Paragraph Style to any paragraph where I've changed the W will revert the W to the default. I would like to at least…

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  4. 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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  5. Paragraph border and splitted columns

    When working with the paragraph border option, its impossible to split the columns and make it look decent, without a huge workaround.

    It would be great if the "split column" options could habe a checkbox like "do not split paragraph border" or so.

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  6. Adding Ordinal Format Options to Text Variables

    I'm using Text Variables to show when the last time a document was modified. Currently, it outputs as "December 30, 2020", however, I would like it to be formatted with an ordinal option so it would display as "December 30th, 2020". Note the "TH" after the 30. So Xst, Xnd, Xrd and Xth would be displayed on the appropriate number.

    Thanks in advance for the consideration and all the best!

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  7. Paragraph Style Option Dialogue Box - Bullets and Numbering

    We had to change the font we're using for a checkbox in one of our paragraph styles. We have it set up under Paragraph Style Options / Bullets and Numbering. To add a character you want to use for a bullet character, you click add. There is no way to sort glyphs (by math symbols, greek, etc.) in the next window, and there are no scroll buttons. You have to grab the handle on the screen and scroll, and it jumps so fast, you can't navigate from one screen to the next. It just took me 20 minutes to find…

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  8. Avoid Widows and Orphans in Paragraph Styles

    It would be great to have a check box or even a separate tab for Widows and Orphans in Paragraph Styles. Right now you have to use GREP to get this to work or control them manually. It would be a huge time saver to add this option into the style settings. These are well-known and widely used typography rules that should be a part of InDesign.

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  9. Pencil tool to hold specific stroke and color

    In previous versions of ID i've been able to select the pencil tool (with no document open) and set it to a specific stroke and color and every time I would then click on the pencil tool to draw, it would do so with those specifications. In the latest CC version, that feature seems to be gone and now I draw and THEN have to set a stroke and color, which really slows me down! Tell me I'm not crazy like the pompous people in the forum! :)

    When I'm doing a layout and sending images out for color work,…

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  10. Center applied style in style panels

    When I click on a paragraph or character with the text tool, InDesign’s style panel automatically jumps to and highlights the paragraph or character style, which is applied to the paragraph or character.
    (From now on please read the word »style« as »paragraph or character style«.)

    But sadly the applied style is always shown as the very last item or the very first in the visible list of style panel. There are styles above and styles below this style in the whole list. (See »Standard-behaviour.png«.)

    It’s easy to access the items above (respectively below): I simply can click on them. …

    2 votes
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  11. Generate caption "Name" without file extension

    I'd like to be able to generate captions for numerous images based on their "Name" but I don't want the file extension to be included. Currently, I have to generate the caption and then run GREP to find/replace the extensions.
    Removing the extension from the filename in Finder does not work.

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  12. 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…

    21 votes
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  13. Find Format within Styles Panel

    I'm a book designer using many different styles, usually ported in with XML. It would be great to embed a pull-down option for right clicking on any style for some kind of "find next" feature, where you can quickly toggle to the next instance of each style without pulling open the Find/Change dialogue. This would help me to quickly set parameters for undefined styles that come in from my XML.

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  14. 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

    52 votes
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  15. Row Height and Column Width definitions in Cell Styles

    It would be really helpful if you could control the width and height of cells through Cell Styles, a bit like you can with Object Styles.

    6 votes
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  16. 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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  17. Color-code paragraph styles

    I'm working on a huge training book with dozens of styles. I've stashed them in style groups, but it is still a chore, even inside a group, to scroll, scroll, scroll to try to find the style I need -- and it is also a chore to switch among the style groups themselves -- as many of the styles are used on every page due to the nature of the material. It would be SO VERY HELPFUL if one could color-code paragraph styles (a la the Layers palette) so that when there are this many styles, the ones a person…

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  18. Ability to set default font (style/size) in Forms

    When I use the interactive feature for forms, the default font is always Minion Pro. I would like to be able to change this for any text box I make, rather than having to do it text-box by text box. I understand that if the user does not have the font on their computer, this would be replaced with one they do have.

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  19. 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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  20. 'Text-color' as a swatch option in Paragraph Shading and Paragraph Borders

    Would allow you to apply a swatch change (manually or via a character style) to the text and have it propagate to the border/shade.

    As an example - it would be good if you've got a black boxed number, that takes the border from the paragraph border and you want to overlay it on a dark image, and so switch the text colour to white.

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