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  1. 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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      You could accomplish this objective by doing this:
      Close all open documents, open the Character panel (Ctrl-T) and change the Language option. Then every time you create a new document, your preferred language will be set for that document.

      Hope this tip helps.

      Adobe InDesign team

    • Stop underlining words after dot.

      Indesign underlines after the dot the words that begin with small letter. This is wrong in the case of abbreviations. Indesign should either recognize the abbreviation either there must be a way to signal the correctness of the word that begins with small cap.
      Example: typing the text " bla bla ex. blah" will result in underlined 'blah'.

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      • option boxes with sizes need different default behavior

        for all boxes where you can edit a size, please make the default behavior that when you click in the box to edit the size it selects everything. that way you can just click on the box and put in the new number. If for example a text size is 10px, please when I select the box, select everything so that I can just type in 14 to make the size bigger. If I type in 14, you should just keep it in pixels. Or if I type in 14pts, change it to points. Editing sizes right now is annoying…

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        • Underlining that skips characters with descenders

          While it is a last resort in typography, when I do underline I prefer it to be just below the baseline. But this default underline overlaps descenders. Rather than having to lower underlines to avoid these clashes, could the Underline Options panel or another feature detect when an underline will overlap a descender and skip that character? - Thanks!

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          • EXACT ALIGNMENT OF TEXT TO EDGE TEXT BOX

            Perfect right and left alignment of text so that all of the end-of-line characters exactly hit the edge of the text box.

            This is useful for certain designs that entail perfect geometric type alignment.

            See attached screen shot showing the default setting of right aligned text.

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            • Split one text box into multiple text boxes

              Split one text box into multiple text boxes at the click of a button. I have a list of text from Excel that I've formatted, but I now need to distribute every word individually around the page. A 20 minute job could be turned into a 1 minute job.

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              • Text variables (Running Headers): conversion of the original paragraph using GREP before assigning to variable

                Sometimes we need to use only part of the original paragraph in the text variable. When defining a variable, it would be good idea to be able to use the GREP filtering to select the desired part of the text.

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                • Insert special character — Unicode compliance

                  Unicode is required to meet accessibility standards and several forms of publishing technologies.

                  The keyboard shortcuts and right-click/opt-click Insert Special Characters shortcuts need to be updated to insert the Unicode versions of these glyphs.

                  The Unicode glyph charts are at www.Unicode.org

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                  • Keyboard shortcut for inserting Unicode glyphs

                    Accessibility and other forms of automated publishing require the correct Unicode glyphs.

                    These glyphs include punctuation, math/science symbols, foreign language characters, and bullets/symbols. In 2000, Unicode became the default character set worldwide across the technology industries.

                    But we have no way to easily insert these glyphs into InDesign layouts. For example, if I need the math multiplication symbol rather than a lower case "x", I need to either scroll through the glyph dialogue box, or know beforehand the symbol's codepoint 2715 and type it into the Unicode field in the glyph dialogue box.

                    Too slow! Especially when you have to…

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                    • Add unicode categories to the list of available GREP choices

                      If you've ever had to write out a GREP code and weren't sure of the character, you can click on the @ to call up a list of known codes to choose from while in the find/change menu OR the GREP styles panel.
                      However, there is a selection that is missing that GREP in InDesign is known to handle, and that is unicode categories:
                      https://www.regular-expressions.info/unicode.html
                      for example, if I type into the GREP find field - right now - the following code:
                      \p{Zs}
                      I know that InDesign's GREP will find all spaces except tabs and returns. However, this isn't an…

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                      • Please add a new feature is 'THE EQUATION EDITOR' in Adobe InDesign, it would be usefull

                        PLEASE ADD A NEW FEATURE IS: THE EQUATION EDITOR.

                        It would be very useful.

                        Thanks & B/regards,
                        Handjojo

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                        • Add Text Macros like in InCopy

                          I create a lot of documents that have textual elements that are repetitive, like resumes that include a project description. When using MS Word, I use the Quick Parts functionality to capture that text and insert it whenever I need it.

                          My company is just beginning to explore the InDesign/InCopy workflow, and I saw that InCopy has a feature much like Quick Parts, called Text Macros. I could really use this if it was implemented in InDesign as well. I have used Autocorrect for similar functionality, but I have never tried it with more than a few words at a…

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                          • grep queries on server

                            being able to store queries on the server, so that the whole team has the same queries (esp. greps). Maybe 2 options, a userbased and a "application" based solution, just like the scripts?

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                            • Rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading

                              At the moment there is no level of control for rotating a linear gradient used in paragraph shading. Please add that functionality.

                              Thanks, René

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                              • Text Hotkey window tool

                                A windowed tool that allows you to assign "Hot keys" to font styles where you could quickly edit text on the fly. The text hot key tool would have an activated switch so when its on, it applies your hot keys and when its off everything goes back to normal. This would mostly be used for references where authors names are italicized, body copy is regular and numbers are bold. I know it is similar to the eye dropper tool except you would be able to edit all at once rather than have to go back to each style. The…

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                                • Allow Optical Margin Alignment to apply only to punctuation.

                                  Optical Margin Alignment does a great job allowing quotation marks and hyphens to hang into the column gutters, but it also make characters like A, W, and T do the same, which is often too high a price to pay. Fix this by allowing an option it to only apply it to punctuation.

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                                  • Text Box Auto Size Type

                                    I think we should have the ability to lock a text box so as we type in it, it automatically typesets the copy to always fit in the textbox.

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                                    • Spelling & Grammer included in Preflight Report

                                      Would it be possible to enhance the prelight report features to include spelling & grammar checks so you could go through the report with page numbers references instead of having to click through each misspelt word individually .... for long documents this is a real problem as a lot of the instances of acronyms and named places currently get picked up which are not actually misspelt words ...

                                      Currently, this can be achieved with purchase of plugin suite from Mindstream - http://www.mindsteam.com/products/mindsuitepro/index.html

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                                      • outline entire layer

                                        It would be great if there were an easier solution to outline your tekst. I think I have a solution that would be great in a workflow.

                                        It would be great if, in a indesign document, I could put all the text on one layer. Then, in the layer panel on the right, to right click the layer and convert all the tekst of that layer (throughout the whole document) to outlines!

                                        Obviously, you could duplicate the tekst layer and set it to don't pint so you always have a version of the text to edit.

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                                        • Widows and Orphans - Adjustable parameters for "Balance Ragged Lines" feature

                                          Widows and Orphans - Adjustable parameters for "Balance Ragged Lines" feature

                                          I layout brochures for conferences, and being able to adjust all my paragraph styles so that the balance ragged lines feature will allow me to set, if orphan then use 2 words.

                                          Right now i feel as if its balancing them by look and feel, not by actual word count.

                                          i am aware or GREP etc, but could never get it to work properly (Granted i an novice in using them)

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