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  1. "Font Exceptions Table"

    I seem to recall that years ago, Pagemaker had a feature called "Font Exceptions Table" (or something like that, or maybe it was Ventura Publisher). It would allow you to tell PM; "Whenever a text file calls for font A, always replace it with font B." It essentially created a preference file, a table of fonts and their preferred replacement fonts. Hoping for such a feature in InDesign. Example: I produce a periodical newsletter with Optima as the font for the body text. My customer sends me Word and Excel files in which they have used an old TTF font…

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  2. Enable relative searches, e.g. 'point size more than 10 pts' or 'space before less than 6 pts'

    You can use the Find Text and Find Grep features to look for certain constant values, e.g 'point size 12 pts', 'tracking 75', 'space before 6 pts'.

    But it's not possible to search for relative values, e.g. 'point size less than 12pts'. And it's not possible to do negative, e.g. search for certain text in paragraphs that do not have a certain paragraph style applied.

    These features would make it much easier to find text with missing or incorrectly applied formatting, and generally would mean that the search scope can be specified more flexibly, which in turn means that InDesign's…

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  3. Support variable fonts without STAT.AxisValue format 2

    When a variable font has one file for Roman and another one for Italic, the VF sliders only work if the STAT.AxisValue is in format 2.

    STAT.AxisValue format 1 or 3 works in Illustrator 2020 and also in Photoshop 2020 if the font has a nameID 25 and postscriptNameID attributes for fvar.NamedInstance (a bit weird since Illustrator is fine without that).

    If the files have only nameID 25 and postscriptNameID but the various STAT.AxisValue aren't in format 2, the named instances work in InDesign, but not the sliders: you can't choose an arbitrary value reliably.

    Adobe obviously likes to make…

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  4. More robust Variable Font support

    Please provide a more robust Variable Font support. I am running Id v 15.1.1.

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  5. Searchable text

    I would also like a feature i.e. text of indd files should be searchable without opening the indd file, and using its find and replace dialog box. i have hundereds of indd txt files. and everytime i need to search some thing in my indd files, so i have to open all the files and use the dialog box,
    is there any option to do this without opening the indd file. like the search panel in finder, it finds in pdf, word, excel docs,

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  6. quad center

    Quad centre
    E.g.
    left aligned text centre aligned text right aligned text

    Presently, you can do:
    left aligned text right aligned text
    but not centered text in the middle

    There are various work-arounds to do this now but all are clumsy.
    WordPerfect has done this for at least 35 years.

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  7. Reset option for object shift in flow text

    When placing an object in flow text, for instance a small image, the object can be shifted up and down with the mouse pointer to adjust its position in relation to the text. That position is nothing that has a corresponding value in any toolbar so it can't be reset. Would be nice to have a reset button for it or use the text shift up/down value also for objects.

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  8. We need much more comprehensive word/character counts functionality

    We need much better support for word counts than simply selecting some text or an active story and getting feedback on it through the info panel.

    As others suggest, we need support for Books, entire documents, I want to know how many words are in tables, footnotes, how many words are duplicated from master pages, give me a breakdown of words by style/font/colour so that I can use these parameters to easily subtract them from a count.

    Pretty much like Illustrator when nothing is selected can give you a breakdown of information document wide, and then specifics when you select…

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  9. Option to set Paragraph border align to text frame edge

    In the paragraph border options we can set the top edge, bottom edge and width to text based parameters but it would be useful to be able to set these to align to the text frame edge.

    Especially useful when running multiple text frames up against one another in a loosely tabular format but when you don't actually want to be bound by the restrictions of a table.

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  10. Changing the Language of Placeholder Text

    If you want to change the 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭 to a different language, you need to:
    1. Click 𝐓𝐲𝐩𝐞
    2. Hold down the 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 (Mac) or 𝐂𝐓𝐑𝐋 (PC) key
    3. Then click 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭
    4. 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 appears

    That's four steps.

    A simpler way would be to add under 𝐓𝐲𝐩𝐞 before 𝐅𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐓𝐞𝐱𝐭:
    𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐫 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 >
    Cyrillic
    Roman
    Greek
    Hebrew
    Arabic
    Japanese
    Korean
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese

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  11. Ability to create a custom Glyph

    I need to insert in text symbols that appear on products - I have the symbols as an image which can easily be converted into bitmap/eps or whatever is needed in Photoshop.
    It would be nice to be able to great a custom Glyph set and create your own library of regularly used symbols - I have about 200 of them from the technical writing I do. Inserting them and getting them to "stay put" is very time consuming and it would-be much easier if they worked just like putting in a symbol from a wingdings font or similar. It…

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  12. A customisable list of acronyms and words that the program can be made to use

    I know that there is the ability to use a user dictionary which I use, but it would be nice if there was a exceptions list to put works in that would stop the autocorrect trying to change them or if they are put in - incorrectly they are changed to the right version. For example ISO seems to end up as Iso or ISo even though its been added to the user dictionary and Auto correct and There are some American words that I have to use as they are product related - Customization rather than customisation. Also to…

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  13. Glyph preference

    Hello,

    I've encountered a problem where a client is requesting all glyphs for the letter 'g' be changed to an alternate glyph within the same typeface.

    Whilst style and GREP methods might work, a method to be able to quickly change the default primary glyph within a set would be amazing.

    Currently I can see a small triangle in the corner of the primary used glyph within the glyph window, but would love to be able to move that to the alternate version for that font on that machine within InDesign.

    Thank you.

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  14. A way to extract font and text styling from an image

    There should be way to capture styling information from an image. It will be helpful to find out and use the font and other kind of text styling used in an image.
    This way I'll be able to save information from an inspirational image for later use in my design.

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  16. Transparency/opacity settings for paragraph shading

    It would be nice to have transparency/opacity settings for paragraph shading. In certain designs, it would be nice if paragraph shading worked a lot like a frame fill that you can control the transparency and blending options for the shading portion. This would be applicable to borders as well. Right now, to get the semblance of semi-transparency, you have to apply it to the whole frame, but you may just want the shading and no other elements to be affected.

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  17. Adding one additional tool to the tools panel to delete the object

    I am working with lot of icons and queries. While doing correction there are many objects should get delete, For that clicking every object and pressing delete button in keyboard takes more time. Instead if it is one dedicated tool is there so that I can click that tool when tool touches the object it delete the object without pressing delete button in keyboard. This option should work well even with anchored objects.

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  18. Highlight text

    While I know this can be achieved by creating a thick rule and offsetting it just right, the ability to highlight text with 1 click (like the underline button) would be a time saver.

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  19. Multi Select Words within text

    A feature long missing is the ability to select non continuous words within a text block. It seems like such an obvious need to me.

    Ie in the above text, I want to format the words - long, select, such and me - to be inbound or a different size, or caps. Unless I am mistaken, this would need to be done individually. Just like you can easily do in WORD!!!!!

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  20. Justify: Text Automatically Resizes

    Especially for headlines, I often will manually resize whole lines of text to fill the same width. I use this technique so much that I'd like an option to do it automatically.

    This feature is actually offered on Instagram stories, albeit imperfectly (I've attached a screenshot). You can adjust the line breaks by changing the text size or adding the breaks manually.

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