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  1. Smooth trackpad two finger scrolling

    Smooth trackpad two finger scrolling. Using Macbook Pro with m1. Currently, scrolling two fingers via trackpad is laggy. Wish it was as smooth as scrolling while using the hand tool.

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  2. Iibraries panel back link

    The libraries panel is shaky on a 4K monitor - it's slow to load and there are display quirks galore.
    But that's not what I want to mention.
    The arrow to go back to all libraries is a link but the title of the library - which appears directly to the right - is not a link.
    UI 101 - please fix.

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  3. Allow Disabling of Zoom to Selection *in InDesign*

    Problem:
    Right now if you have an object select and use the +/- keys to zoom in and out, the view is centred in on the selected object.

    Use Case:
    Sometimes I have objects selected as I am trying to maneuver them into the best position and need to zoom in and out of the pasteboard to see how the layout is affected. For objects at the edge of the pasteboard, the current behaviours doesn't allow me to keep the page centred as it keep jumping to centre the selected object instead while using the +/- keys.

    Solution:
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  4. Tab key to navigate through text fields only

    In dialog boxes, pressing the tab key should only navigate between text fields. It used to do this. Now it navigates through every field, button and popup menu. There is a system keyboard setting that regulates this. InDesign now ignores this setting.

    For example, in the New Document box, press the tab key repeatedly and it goes:

    Facing Pages > Start Page # > Primary Text Frame > Page Size > Width ...and so on.

    It should only go:

    Start Page # > Width ...all those other buttons etc should be skipped.

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  5. Don't automatically change view/zoom when editing layer visibility of linked graphics

    Editing the layer visibility of a linked graphic in InDesign causes the zoom level to be automatically adjusted to fit-to-page. This makes it difficult to see the preview image for small graphics that may be hard to see at the full page zoom level.

    If any automatic zoom adjustment is to be made at all (which it should not) it should be to fit the graphic to the window so you can see what you are doing.

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  6. Adjust scroll amount on zoom

    Currently when scrolling with the mouse-wheel/trackpad etc, InDesign seems to apply the same amount of scrolling regardless of the level of zoom in the document. This means that a very small scroll gesture, when zoomed in close on a page, causes the document move too far, making scrolling and panning very difficult at high zoom levels.

    It would be great if the scroll amount would scale with the level of zoom, so that a small scroll gesture used at a high level of magnification would only result in a small scroll/pan amount.

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  7. Drop unit when clicking property fields

    For example, if I click on Font Size when it says 10 pt, it should automatically drop the 'pt' before I start typing. Retyping the value is always faster than trying to move the insertion point and highlighting only the numbers to avoid getting an "invalid value" message because you accidentally typed over the 'p' in 'pt'. Else you have to always double-click the field, but sometimes that fails to highlight everything for one reason or another. There's no real use case for leaving the unit in the box when entering a value I've ever encountered.

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  8. Mention the layer at the bottom of the window or in the Control Panel

    You have to open the Layer Panel to check what layer you're working on. It would be a time saver if the active layer is mentioned somewhere else in the UI.

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  9. Mouse Spin Wheel - Pan

    Please enable the click and hold of the mouse spin wheel to pan around the layout, like in Illustrator.

    Please Please Please!

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  10. context menu for bookmarks

    there is missing a context menu (right mouse click) in the bookmarks panel ("Lesezeichen"), e.g. with the menu entry "rename"

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  11. larger dialog box for bookmark

    the dialog window for bookmarks should be larger or scalable

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  12. Open Current File Location

    It would be amazing if you add Open Current File Location under the "File" dropdown.

    It is a really minor thing, but it would significantly impact productivity.

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  13. Option to tint pasteboard ...

    Match pasteboard to theme is fine, but it would be helpful to be able to tint the pasteboard.

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  14. Make UI scaleable in InDesign as in Illustrator ...

    UI elements are way to small at 3840x2160 ... Illustrator is perfect!

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  15. Middle mouse button to hand tool ...

    Please add this functionality! Want to map a mouse button for instant document panning. I can do it in Windows 10, but not MacOS.

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  16. Unresolved cross references need to be detected as errors

    If a document contains unresolved cross-references, InDesign should register them as errors that show up at the bottom of the main window, with specifics listed in the Preflight window. At present, InDesign will notify me of the existence of unresolved cross-references when I start to print a file or book, and it will identify which files contain them, but it won't show me where to find them so I can fix them.

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  17. Search tool - Magnifying glass

    Where is the search tool (like a magnifying glass in the Apple OS) to search within the menus (Version 16.1)

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  18. InDesign for iPad/Mac cross-compatibility

    The iPad Pro has the M1 chip now. Why not have InDesign for iPad? Now that iPads have the same hardware as Macs there's no reason not to have one app that works on both.

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  19. PLEASE TURN OFF the 'Type 3 fonts no longer supported after 2023" message

    PLEASE TURN OFF the 'Type 3 fonts no longer supported after 2023" message, it is very annoying for the many legacy documents I must work on. YES I know! That is two years away and there seems to be no way to make the blue bar go away.

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  20. Customisable colours for composition highlights

    I’d like to change the colours used to highlight custom tracking, H&J violations, substituted fonts etc. Some of the default colours are not very accessible, or stand out more than needed.

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