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  1. Adjust Leading Between Bullet Points

    It is super time consuming to adjust the leading between bullet points every time manually. If we could set it in the paragraph style that would be so much faster. Went mad researching online but apparently there is no way to resolve this.

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    Need More Info  ·  1 comment  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Toggle between Text Tool and Selection Tool

    I am guessing most users' experience is like mine: I am constantly going back and forth between the Text tool (working within a text block) and the Selection tool (to select/move a text block handle, or reach for something else). It's something I do dozens of times an hour during a work session. Pagemaker used to have a toggle between these two tools, which was easily accessible to the non-mousing hand: Command-Spacebar. I would urge the development of this toggle in future InDesign releases.

    I know you can activate the Selection tool with the Escape key, but that's a long…

    1 vote

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    2 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    When you have the Text Tool selected & working inside a Text Frame (cursor blinking inside the text frame), you can hold down the Cmd key. When you do that, you will immediately see the 9-points of the text frame getting highlighted, letting you Move the Text Frame by holding down on the edges with the mouse. You can resize using of the 9-points as well.
    Hope this helps. See the attached demo.

  3. Share Illustrator Gradients with Indesign via CC Libraries

    According to many sources online, in the old days, you were able to copy and paste gradients from Illustrator to InDesign. Now, when I copy an simple object with a complex gradient, it comes into InDesign split into many tiny objects, each with its own swatch. Totally unworkable.

    Really, I should be able to save a gradient swatch to CC Library so that I can access it across Creative Cloud. Because that's what Library is for, right?

    I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature that should be there.

    1 vote

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    1 comment  ·  Colors/Swatches  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You can add the object having the gradient swatch to the CC Libraries as a ‘Graphic’ in Illustrator. Then you can choose Place Linked/Place Copy in CC Libraries to use that object in InDesign. At this time, it is yet not possible to add Gradient/Pattern swatches to CC Libraries in Illustrator, so you have to add the object to the CCLib and then place that object in other apps like InDesign.


    Adobe InDesign team

  4. Placed pdf loses interactivity features and accessibility tags.

    When PDFs are placed into an InDesign layout and then the entire layout is exported to PDF, the placed PDFs are converted to <Figure> tags in the final PDF.

    There are many time when designers must incorporate an existing PDF into their documents, such as:

    -- Multi-page PDF of an existing document.

    -- A pre-made PDF AcroForm

    -- In annual reports, an official letter from a president, commissioner, or other authority.

    -- In financial reports, the required letter from the accounting firm as well as the financial balance sheets.

    In these above cases, the placed PDFs are official documents that…

    21 votes

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    3 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,
    What all things would you like PDF to retain? (alt text, tags and what else?)

    Currently when PDF is imported, its imported as a single graphic.

    Would you want the tags and alt text to be mapped to their correct assets in InDesign? and those tags and alt text be also editable from within InDesign after PDF is imported?

    Or should they be remapped and restored once the document with placed PDF is again exported to PDF from InDesign?

    Would want to know more about the proposed solution / workflow

    Thanks

  5. next page doesn't work

    Hi there,

    When inserting Type=>Special Characters=>Marker=>Next page InDesign inserts the CM marker which is the current page. Consequently where I need the next page number to appear it displays the current page number.

    Kind regards
    Mike Howell

    3 votes

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    5 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The text frame containing the Next Page Number Marker has to just touch the text frame and the correct page number gets picked. No need to link the text frames together. Just the fact that it touches the text frame will make it automatically pick the correct next page number that the text flows to in the document.

    Hope that helps.


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  6. Quick image adjustments in InDesign

    Sometimes when creating a document I need to ever so slightly brighten the image or adjust the contrast, maybe increase the saturation; and standard workflow means pulling these up in Photoshop and applying the changes and the saving (often as a new file so as to preserve the original).

    This always seems like alot of effort for something that I feel could be done on InDesigns side.

    I am suggesting image quick adjustments.

    So an image is coming out slightly too dark. No worries, right click, apply quick adjustments. A new tool box will open that will have basic image…

    34 votes

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    15 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for voting for the feature request.
    It will be helpful if you can add your responses for the below queries.

    1. In the absence of this feature in InDesign – how do you make these adjustments today?

    2. Once the image is imported into InDesign, what kind of adjustments do you mostly need?

    3. On an average, in a project, how many images need adjustments once they are imported into InDesign?

  7. Anchored Objects should be able to be sent to back so text can print above the object

    It would be nice if text could print above an anchored object

    203 votes

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    23 comments  ·  Layout/Graphics etc  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for the votes.

    Can you help us understand the key problems that you face in the absence of ability to send an anchored image backwards?

    What’s the current workaround that you have to follow?

    What are the use cases wherein you need that the text appears specifically on top of inline anchored image?

    This information will help us evaluate the functionality better.

  8. After creating a QR-Code-symbol, I can´t change the color in InDesign.

    I have to copy-paste it to Illustrator, copy-past back to Indesign, to change the color. Wouldn´t it be comfortable, to change the color directly in Indesign?

    1 vote

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  9. color picker isn't consistent with other software.

    Please allow users to change color picker to Photoshop color picker. Indesign is great except for the nuisance of having a horrible UI for the color picker. I make all my colors in photoshop copy the code then paste it into Indesign.

    76 votes

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    27 comments  ·  Colors/Swatches  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Export All Alternate Layouts as PDFs With Layout Name

    I use the alternate layout tool a lot to group different sized content in the same InDesign file.

    While I know I can select the layout as a range during export, it would be a huge timesaver to be able to export all of my layouts as separate PDFs and then just add the alternate layout name to the end of the PDF file.

    Ideally this could be a check box in the export settings "export each alternate layout as a separate file"

    10 votes

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    5 comments  ·  PDF Export  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Hiding Pages in a Document

    It would be helpful to hide pages in a way similar to hiding columns in Excel. I don't want the information gone, I just need to minimize it so I can focus on the specific pages I need. Accessing this action via a right click in the pages menu would be ideal.

    176 votes

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    79 comments  ·  Document/Pages  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your inputs.
    From the comments, I gather that the primary need for this feature arises when we want avoid exporting of “hidden” pages while keeping the pages visible in the document.

    Are there other scenarios as well wherein this feature can help your workflows? If yes, please help us understand such workflows.

    Regards,
    Abhinav

  12. Last Sentence Nested Style Option

    Add an option that will allow you to set up nested text at the end of a paragraph in addition to the beginning of paragraphs. Our magazine bolds the last sentences in one of columns and this would be a big time saver.

    1 vote

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  13. Being able to download pdf spreads of an online publication.

    Right now I can view it in spreads but will donwnload pages only

    2 votes

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  14. Actions Panel

    An Actions Panel that runs the same type of Recording/Playing features as Photoshop and Illustrator already have would be fantastic.

    309 votes

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    89 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello All,

    Kindly provide more information about this ask. How do you plan to use the Action Panel in InDesign? Do you want it to work exactly like that in Photoshop? What are the most important actions/operations that you want to record?

    Thanks
    Abhinav Agarwal
    Product Manger – InDesign

  15. Easier Pasteboard Changes?

    I'd like an option or a tool to quickly adjust the pasteboard size. I use that area for working out different layout and content options, and I find it strange that I have to go into the preferences to make the area larger each time I start a new file.

    2 votes

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  16. Rename Hyperlink

    Add the 'rename hyperlink' option to the 'edit hyperlink' window. I find it essential to identify hyperlinks by their names. But I often edit them. After I edit a link, and I want to rename it to better identify it, I have to open a new window just to rename it. This is quite inefficient.

    1 vote

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  17. Collaborative Editing

    Create a cloud service for InDesign where files can be worked on by numerous people at the same time. Will help save time and encourage collaboration. Like Google Docs, Slides, etc.

    230 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Anonymous responded

    Thanks for making this request. In order to understand the use-case more better I have a few questions:

    1. Whats the role of the different people working collaboratively on the same file. Are they always only designers or are other personas also involved.
    2. What is the use-case here, some parts of this request suggest an Editorial collaboration whereas others suggest collaboration amongst different designers. I am trying to separate these 2 requests out.
    3. What are the different kind of files (brochures, books, magazines etc) for which this is required.
    4. Does it need to be a web based service, or having the user be able to collaborate on one shared file using InDesign or InCopy on the Desktop will work? What is the advantage you feel over a web-service over the desktop app?
    5. How do you workaround this need today? What are the most important problems with…

  18. Hello, In Indesign, it would be interesting in the 'text block' to have the option 'Adapt the text to the block'. The option exists for the

    Hello,

    In Indesign, it would be interesting in the 'text block' to have the option 'Adapt the text to the block'. The option exists for the image block 'to adapt the image to the block proportionally' to adapt this option to the 'text block' would be a saving of time and the possibility to automate a good number of works. For example, to change from A6 to A5 via the linked article system it works great with the image block and not at all with the text block. The only possibility of action with the 'Text block' is to enlarge…

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    0 comments  ·  Text and Type  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi,
    Please see if using the “Free transform tool” solves your purpose
    Just select the object, switch to the Free Transform tool, and place your cursor over one of the corner or side points. When you see the double-headed arrow, drag.

    -Thanks

  19. Make it one-click to disable USA English across all documents, existing and yet to be created.

    Every new document I create defaults to USA English which is time-consuming to change for everyone who does not use this variation of UK English. Please make it a button on the 'New document' window to select default language, and please make it a tick-box in preferences. It could be worded like this for example 'What is your preferred default language?" and then a drop down. Then every document I open will automatically have the correct dictionary applied without any further time spent. Many thanks.

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  20. Dynamic baseline related unit of measurement

    Please consider the addition of a dynamic unit of measurement that relates to the document’s baseline. Such a unit will make it possible to express various parameters throughout the design as a multiplication or division of the document’s baseline.

    We would for example be able to express a header’s leading as twice the number of baselines, or a paragraph’s space after in any number of baselines.

    The unit’s relation to the document‘s baseline means that it’s dynamic: whenever you change the baseline, all values expressed in this unit will change accordingly. There will be no more need to adjust these…

    125 votes

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    Need More Info  ·  Anonymous responded

    Hi All,

    This indeed a great suggestion. I wanted to understand a little more about this request.

    1. The way this request is described its majorly about figuring out how to change the various text attributes in a single step rather than having to change multiple styles to make that happen. It would helpful if you can mention which all attributes you all would want to be dependent on the baseline (space before/after, size, leading any other).
    2. Which kind of documents (magazines, brochures, books etc.) do you see this to be more important for you.
    3. Wouldn’t a similar method (not sure if we could base it on baseline though!!) for changing the layout also help, if you could define the sizes of objects in relation to the page size. Do you think extending this feature to the layout also makes sense.
    4. If you can share some files…

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