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  1. Double page / spread preview

    I would appreciate a double page / spread preview for single page documents. That would allow me to work with single pages to achieve certain bleed needs (example: single printed menu card sheets that need bleed all around - but still show as double pages inside the menu book) while still being able to see the layout as a whole. That saves the time of sticking the pages together and separating them afterwards again.

    This requests asks for a different approach, but I assume for the same purpose: https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/31305193-auto-speads-into-pages

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  2. Allow for Custom location/settings of strokes on any shape.

    Like in tables or text boxes, I would like to see the Rectangle tool (or polygon, or multi-sided pen tool creation) to be able to choose which side has a Stroke (colour &, thickness, etc).

    I have a rectangle that I have cut one corner off of and want it to tuck into the corner of another rectangle. so I don't need the strokes to display for the bottom or side, but do for the top/ 45deg angle (right). Seems simple enough, but gets more when there are many sides to the shape... what's the limit you offer customization too?…

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  3. Cover building tool

    It would be great if InDesign had a tool for easily building covers. Something as simple as allowing variable column widths so that you could input the width of C1, C4,spine, and the width of the joins on either side!

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  4. Style de paragraphe > option d'enchainement

    option d'enchainement solidaire avec le paragraphe suivant également serait efficace. J'aimerais pouvoir lier un titre au paragraphe texte qui le suit

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  5. Custom Columns

    When setting up margins and layout it would be great if the user could customize the width of individual columns. For instance I start a new document that's 8.5 x 11 with 2 columns and a gutter that's .25. At some point, either the initial document creation or after, it would be amazing to change the width of one of the columns and in so doing it adjust the width of the other column while keeping the gutter the same. This would help for much more dynamic, asymmetrical and feel visually more organized than simply bringing in rulers. Horizontal rows…

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  6. Keyboard command for resizing content within a picture box

    Quark allows one to resize an image within a picture box using key commands. Could this key command please be added to ID. It's wonderful: To resize a picture in 5% increments using keyboard shortcuts, press Command+Option+Shift+> (Mac OS) or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+> (Windows). To enlarge,and Command+Option+Shift+< (Mac OS) or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+< (Windows) to reduce.

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  7. Layer comps (Different View States)

    I need to be able to easily export different view states of the same LARGE documents that get incremental updates, showing and hiding different layers and objects depending on who the exported file will be going to.

    Having the option to use Layer Comps would allow for different view states to be enabled for each export.

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  8. Add text wrapping feature to combo box for interactive pdf drop down boxes with statements/questions.

    I am trying to create an interactive pdf interview guide for my company. We would like to have the possible questions they can ask in a drop down format to help ensure the same question isn't asked by multiple people. I need to be able to add more characters to the combo box, then I also need them to automatically text wrap so that the text isn't displayed as a tiny line of text that isn't readable. I think Excel allows you to create drop downs with sentences that will wrap text.

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  9. Re-sizing pages in an Indesign book all at one time, currently have to re-size each file

    Make option to Re-size pages in an Indesign book all at one time, currently have to re-size each file(page). very time consuming.

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  10. Preference to always select pages when placing multi-page PDF

    When placing a multi-page PDF there should be a preference to always show import options. When I place a multi-page Word file I don’t only get the first page, I get the whole document. I should at least have the option to do this with PDFs.

    I am aware that I can access Show Import Options when placing a file through a dialogue, but that is an extra step and it is unavailable when using drag-and-drop.

    Please add a preference to “Show Import Options When Placing Multi-page Graphic Files.”

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  11. Change 'Object Layer Options' on multiple images at the same time

    It would be a massive time save if it were possible to change the Object Layers Options on multiple images at the same time.
    We build four layer products images in PS with layers across all images named the same:
    Product, FlatShadow, StandingShadow, Reflection
    When we have 40 products on the page and the customer decides they want the products all to have a reflection, at the moment we have to switch each images Reflection layer on singly. Then in the next round the customer may decide they want no Reflection or Shadow at all. Again we have to switch…

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  12. Add option of "Maximum Space Before First Footnote"

    Add option of "Maximum Space Before First Footnote" to set the max space between the story text and the footnotes.

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  13. export to after effects layers

    would be great for workflow if it would be possible to import indesign into after effects like photoshop or illustrator files.

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  15. GPU preview keeps switching off

    I generally make use of the GPU preview functionality built into InDesign, but recently I've noticed that files keep reverting to 'Preview on CPU'. I can't see any way of preventing this so I'm wondering if it's a bug'.

    It's not a speed issue for me so much as a preview issue. Without GPU preview switched on, imported images look way too bright with particularly garish reds. I'm hoping it's a software thing rather than a graphics card on the way out. Any ideas anyone?

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  16. Rulers ON by default, as a choice

    Would like to be able to turn rulers ON by default, no matter what document I'm opening, creating, whatever. I see this was mentioned in the Illustrator side, and it applies just as much for InDesign.

    I know it's a simple key stroke away, but document after document after document, all day long, gets old quickly.

    Thanks!

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  17. Title interrupting frame border

    For a title within a frame, a not-uncommon graphic design method is to have the title interrupting the frame. You can create a title with a paragraph border and shading and then shift the paragraph, border and shading up, but instead of overprinting over the frame border, the frame border goes through the middle of the title.

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  18. Clipping masks with varied transparency

    The ability to apply an image as a clipping mask to another image from within InDesign instead of needing to rely on other software like Photoshop would be really helpful.

    I have hundreds of pages that need editing together with 1 - 3 images per page. Each of these images needs a png applied to them as a clipping mask with the text positioned around them. Currently the only way to do this in InDesign is to import something like a .psd file that you can't make live edits on. Constantly flicking between different software to get the layout right…

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  19. Preserve positioning data when pasting graphic from one frame to another

    When I copy an image from one frame and paste it into another, I expect this action to preserve two sets of attributes: scaling factor and positioning data.

    I get one out of two (scaling).

    No offense, but QuarkXPress could do both back in 1990.

    Why does this matter? Imagine a layout with a horizontal row of head shots, each in a separate frame of the same shape and size. Client says, "Oh, please move photo 3 to frame 10, and scoot everyone else up one frame."

    I don't have to imagine this situation, as I'm currently working on a…

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  20. Brushes

    It would be great to be able to import Illustrator brushes in that can be used to style Frame Borders in the same way you can use it as stroke styles in Illustrator. InDesign is woefully behind in allowing procedural design.

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