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  1. Toggle "Preview" ON by default

    I'd like to see the effect of what I'm doing e.g. in the Paragraph panel by default. Can't find this in the application or on Google. This could easily be an option in the Preferences.

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  2. Links Panel: Show Exact Matches only

    When re-linking files, add an option to show "Exact matches only". Adobe Premiere has this. So when you're looking for the file you're re-linking, all files are greyed out except for the one that matches your file name.

    Find the Premiere equivalent in German attached!

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  3. Align Stroke to Outside option by default

    For me the default Stroke Alignment setting should be Outside. I am always using boxes and frequently need to change the stroke widths. Since the default setting is Center alignment, this resizes the box, which I can't imagine anyone ever wanting. There doesn't seem to be any way to change the default stroke alignment to Outside, so I am constantly having to change this in the Stroke window. Which means we must have the Stroke window open simply because we cannot set the Outside as default. InDesign 19.2, Mac Ventura.

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  4. More options when resizing a layout

    If I need to resize a page/layout using Document Setup, ideally for me, all of the existing content would remain at the top of the page, so a new, taller page size would add more space at the bottom, or if I wish to shorten a page, empty white space would be removed from the bottom. InDesign 19.2 centers all content vertically on the new page size, which I can't imagine anyone would ever want, forcing the unnecessary step of moving everything back to the top of the new page. You could add a Photoshop-style grid icon to show where…

    2 votes

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  5. Hide all text and picture box borders when hiding Guides.

    I wish InDesign would hide all faint text and box borders when hiding the document Guides. I am forced to go to Overprint Preview to hide those, which slows down the design process, because Overprint Preview mode is very slow and not at all smooth to scroll through multiple book pages to preview designs without the distractions of seeing any faint text boxes. I don't see this ability in any of the Settings menus. Indesign 19.2, Mac Ventura 13.6.4

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  7. Set an increment for auto-sized text boxes

    When making a text box auto-sized, it would be good to set how much it expands by, be it 0.5mm, 1mm etc. I use it for laying out org charts, and to set the spacing between each box it helps when they are sized to be even 1mm sizes and sit at y value of an even number. If the box ends up auto-sized to 23.34mm then starting the next box at a y value of 25mm means a 1.66mm space between the two boxes instead of a nice even 2mm or something. If I could set it so that…

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  8. Bilingual Cursor

    Hi,
    Previously In PageMaker if there is a bilingual text, the cursor automatically according to the language, e.g: In English the cursor move from left to right, in Arabic language move from right to left

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  9. split column gutters too wide - need a "negative" width setting

    The split columns feature is great, and I use it often. But when I have only two columns of generally narrow width, the resulting gutter gap is way too wide. I can adjust it down to zero, as I have done in the attached image, but it would be so helpful to be able to go into the negative numbers (or use some other method) to bring these columns much closer together.

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  10. Change color to the QR Codes when using Data Merge

    InDesign is great for controlling your design, but when you're importing a QR code from a spreadsheet using Data Merge, it feels a bit limiting. It's like what Henry Ford said about having any color car, as long as it's black.

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  11. Paragraph Rules Improvements

    I would be great if the Paragraph Rules menu received a couple of improvements:

    1) Add a chain link for when you want both the Color and Gap Color to be the same. Likewise for the Tint and Gap Tint percentage.

    2) This one is a bit difficult to explain, but one of the biggest annoyances with using Paragraph Rules to apply a RULE ON to text is that the rule expands/contracts in an undesired way if you change the size of a text box or if you add/delete something from the text. What should happen is that the rule…

    3 votes

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  12. ability to import .avif file.

    InDesign should be able to import .avif files. It doesn't need more explanation than that, except to say, If importing graphics and images is one of the core purposes of the program, it's surprising to find a format that can't be imported. Please keep InDesign updated and capable of working with all formats.

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  13. Control When to Update Graphic Links

    This is sort of already here, but my suggestion is more specific: Currently, graphic links are updated when a document opens. When a link is changed, it automatically updates with a document – but only the first time. After that, we need to click update in the links panel, which is a little onerous when I'm updating links often. It would save a lot of clicks if we could specify in the preferences to ALWAYS update links without asking (or not). So, it would be great to have two settings:
    • update links automatically, always, without asking
    • update links…

    2 votes

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  14. Layer Arrangement (Send to Current Layer)

    Like it is in Illustrator, it would be super nice if there was a right-click option under >Arrange that would allow you to "Send to Current Layer." just small + quality of life, but it's how I'm used to working in Ai and would be nice to see additional congruency between these kinds of things!

    2 votes

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  15. Text Frame Row Options

    Right now, text frames in Indesign only allow you to divide into columns. It should also give to divide into rows as well

    In Illustrator, for text frames you have this option. See screenshot.
    You can do it with by creating a table, but you cannot make it reflowable like a normal text frame.

    It would be a fabulous feature have.

    Please do same for Indesign, PRETTY, PRETTY PLEASE.

    2 votes

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  16. Find all data placeholders

    "There is at least one data placeholder that cannot be found..."

    Trying to determine what InDesign is objecting to here has lost me HOURS of work. As we speak, I'm trying to set up a tab file for a document. I have inserted two data placeholders. They correspond to the two fields in the data source. I cannot locate the "offending" placeholder.

    Can you PLEASE add a "locate all placeholders" or something similar so we don't pull our hair out trying to find the "extra" placeholders?

    1 vote

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  17. 1 button to center both vertical and horiz

    There is plenty of ways to move a object around but why do you not include 1 that centers the object? That way you save a step by not hitting the horiz center and the the vertical center. You can add it to the layout window

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  18. Placing a file to have it drop centered right off the bat

    when you place a multi page document you then have to go back and center horz and vert each placed page. There should be a option to just place it centered automatically thus save all that extra adjustment steps.

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  19. The 'character direction' function for Arabic text layout

    The 'character direction' function does not exist in the new version of Indesgin (2024). As a result, I cannot layout an Arabic text correctly. How can I do this?

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  20. Add space before when first on page

    When there is a Title which is set to be first on page, in some cases it is needed to have some space before. For example, chapter title. It is easier to set that through Paragraph Style than to set as a box feature. That feature existed in Xerox Ventura Publisher more than 30 years ago, and exists in Affinity Publisher. It is one smole checkbox in Indent and Spacing, but a big help for us who are in book layout business.

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